National Catholic Reporter

The National Catholic Reporter is a Catholic newsweekly. It was founded in 1964 and is published 44 times a year by National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company Inc.Subjects include religion. The editor is Thomas Roberts.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, October 28

Archbishop Gregory: 'Honest Give-and-Take' at Synod
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, the former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who guided the body through the most intense,period of the sexual abuse crisis, feels like he's dodged a bullet this October--and he's not talking...
Bush Reversal on Religion Assures Some, Enrages Others
In selling Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to the public, and to the 100 senators who will decide whether she joins the high court, the administration of the nation's first MBA president is offering a case study in confused marketing, and religion...
Catholicism and Teaching Law: Catholic Law Schools Grapple with Faith's Influence
Increasingly law schools that call themselves Catholic are raising questions about the nature of their Catholic identity. Is it even desirable to have such an identity? Does the linking of Catholic and lawyer feel uncomfortable--except when uttered...
Catholic Schools Cited for Service
Nine Catholic colleges are among 81 schools nationwide chosen by The Princeton Review and an organization called Campus Compact as the colleges with the most outstanding community service programs. The colleges are listed in a new book called Colleges...
DA Tells Church to Release Files
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham has responded to attacks on her credibility by calling on the Philadelphia archdiocese to release 45,000 pages of secret church records that document sexual abuse of hundreds of children. The district...
Faith and Questions That Confound
Lust for certitude is palpable in my classroom, and understandably so. Every semester, I teach two undergraduate sections of Catholicism at a Jesuit university. Every semester, I learn more about students' relationships in and with the largest Christian...
Faith Classes for Hispanics Developed for Internet
In an effort to minister to the Hispanic population of Los Angeles, the University of Dayton, Ohio, and the Los Angeles archdiocese have developed four Spanish-language Catholic faith formation classes on the Internet. The Marianist-run university...
From Mario DiCicco, the President of the Franciscan School of Theology
There is a wonderfully winsome and warmly welcoming friar whose office is next door to mine. Like me, he is short and packed with energy; but that is where the comparison stops, for his intellect and accomplishments soar beyond mine. Our alums know...
Ghosts in a Forgotten Land
There is, in a forgotten land, a place where a boy and a girl smeared their faces with charcoal and ran out the front door with white pillowcases that flapped in the still night like thin little ghosts. I was that boy, and the girl was my sister...
Giant Jesus: Highway Guardian or Christian Kitsch?
In the year that "Super Savior," a 62-foot-tall statue of Jesus with upraised arms, was installed on land reclaimed from a cornfield just north of the Monroe interchange on Interstate 75, traffic fatalities on this notorious stretch of road slicing...
Guatemala Recovery Will Be Long Process
The town of Nahualate was flooded when the Nahualate River--swollen with rain left by Hurricane Stan--overflowed its banks, filling houses with water and burying cars, mattresses and crops under several feet of silt. The flood took out the Barley Bridge...
India's 'Jesus Youth' Holds First National Convention
Prayer, the Bible, the sacraments, fellowship and evangelization are the "five pillars" of a Catholic youth group whose leaders say it is a lifestyle more than an organization. "One in heart, one in mind and one in Jesus," sang about 3,000 young...
Lawyers Seek 'Spirituality for the Long Haul'
In certain midtown Manhattan elevators, just coupling the words "religion" and "lawyering" is enough to stop conversations, turn heads and draw comments of disbelief and intense curiosity. Amy Uelman knows this all too well. When she beheld the...
Let's Talk Straight about Iraq: Bush Makes New and False Claims in Defending His Policies
Despite the apparent victory in favor of Iraq's hastily assembled constitution, the multifarious divisions in that country make it difficult for anyone to know with any certitude whether it will lead to greater stability or instability and what the...
Lively Rome Meeting Is Silent on Latin
One risk in analysis of the Oct. 2-23 synod of bishops in Rome is missing the forest for the trees. A bewildering welter of specific concerns surfaced at the synod on the Eucharist, from the placement of the tabernacle to the location of the sign of...
Loyola New Orleans Digging in for Next Semester
Kevin Wildes, a Jesuit bioethicist with an avocation for boxing, began his second year as president of Loyola New Orleans by closing the university for the fall semester. Hurricane Katrina forced that decision, as faculty and students fled the worst...
Muddled Thinking Behind Targeting Gays in Seminaries
In fulfilling its pledge to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican last month began its apostolic visitations to U.S. seminaries to evaluate their admissions procedures, whether they are properly preparing seminarians to live chastely...
News Agencies Concerned for Safety of Journalists in Iraq
The conduct of U.S. troops toward journalists in Iraq is jeopardizing the safety of reporters and impeding full coverage of the war, according to two media organizations. Last month Reuters News Agency and the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists...
Nobel Peace Prize Is Little Better Than an Oscar: Mohamed ElBaradei Joins a Long List of Lackluster Winners
Only occasionally does the Norwegian Nobel Committee award its peace prize to genuine risk-taking rebels who defy the world's barbarians and warmakers. This year was not an occasion. The 2005 winner, the International Atomic Energy Agency and its...
'No Offense, but ...' Thomas Merton and the New Catechism
The appearance of the new U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults has led me to think about my sister Katie and folksinger Woody Guthrie. Katie is 14 and fond of telling everyone in the house exactly what she thinks of them. Katie pulls no punches but is...
Pastoral Issues at Forefront of Synod: Bishops Focus on Priest Shortage, Status of Divorced Catholics
While no recommendations for major changes seem likely to emerge from the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, the gathering is nevertheless noteworthy for placing the shortage of priests and the situation of divorced and remarried Catholics squarely...
Philosophy Teaches Kids to Think before Making Up Their Minds
Gareth B. Matthews was in Japan last year talking to fifth-graders about perfect happiness. He read them a story he had written about a child absorbed in the satisfaction of scratching an insect bite. Could this define perfect happiness? "Scratching...
Praise for a Beat Reporter
Several years ago, when word got out that John L. Allen Jr. was working on a book about Opus Dei, more than a few people approached me wondering what kind of book it would be. Would he, finally, get them? Would it be a whitewash? Would he get anyone...
Professors Turn to Pop Culture in Class
When people think of college philosophy and theology courses, they may think of Socrates, sacred scripture or the musings of the saints. Chances are they won't conjure up images of Disney films, Bob Dylan tunes or MTV's "Jackass: The Movie." But the...
Sacred Starry Night: Astronomer Finds Spiritual, Intellectual Home in the Night Skies
Even in the early evening, the two-lane highway that stretches south from the Canadian border across the St. Lawrence Seaway into Canton, N.Y., threads through a desolate darkness. No streetlights point the way on the quiet road; no blazing truck-stop...
Scholar Traces History of Catholic Identity of Universities
Church authorities are acting to keep Catholic universities from suffering the secularization that obliterated the religious identity of Protestant colleges a century ago, historian Philip Gleason told a University of Notre Dame audience Sept. 29....
Starting Point
My paternal grandma was larger than life in every sense of the word. Of Lithuanian heritage, she was a robust, barrel-shaped woman who wore purple everything long before the poem was written, and donned red wigs topped off by hats that looked like...
Syrians Lament U.S. Misperceptions
Thirteen academics and peace activists traveled to Syria under the auspices of Conscience International, a private aid organization run by James Jennings, a man with talent for diplomacy and good works. We went to meet with Syrian academics to tell...
The Crisis of Credibility in Philadelphia: Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal Is Likely to Deepen
what happens now in Philadelphia given the archdiocese's disingenuous response to the grand jury on clergy sexual abuse? Two things will happen. First, even further alienation of the Catholic community as a result of the archdiocese's position....
The Franciscan School of Theology-A Community of Learning and Ministry
The Franciscan School of Theology is a thriving community of teaching, learning, and ministry in Berkeley, California. Rooted in 800 years of Franciscan tradition, FST is a place where the issues and concerns of society intersect theological education....
The Franciscan School of Theology Honors the Life and Work of Father Kenan Osborne, OFM: Endowed Osborne Chair in Systematic Theology Honors Life's Work While Assuring the Future of Theological Studies at FST
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded the Franciscan School of Theology $315,000 in grant money to help fund a professorship honoring Fr. Kenan Osborne, O.F.M.. In making the announcement, Fr. Mario DiCicco, O.F.M., president and rector of FST, said...
The Mariner's Compass of FST
A person or a Church does not move easily from Santa Barbara, California, a small provincial town with a Catholic community to match, to Berkeley, the bustling cosmopolitan center of one of the world's great public universities. Even the most experienced...
The Nobel Peace Prize and the Nuclear Danger
In this 60th anniversary year of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Nobel Committee chose again to focus its award on abolishing nuclear weapons. The Nobel Committee announced that its peace prize for 2005 would go to the International...
The Seekers' Club: Students Embrace Spirit of Inquiry-But Stay Faithful to Own Tradition
Word came from the archdiocese that we campus ministers were supposed to come up with a plan for "catechizing" our young adults. I sat in my office holding the letter, envisioning sitting on foldhag chairs with a handful of students and copies of the...
The Sin Must Be Named
With the release Oct. 12 of a 155-page report describing decades of sexual abuse by clergy in the Los Angeles archdiocese, there now exists compelling and preponderant evidence that at least three living cardinals of the Catholic church in the United...
U.S. Military Buildup in Paraguayan Jungle Causes Alarm
When Donald Rumsfeld visited Paraguay in August, protesters greeted his entourage with chants such as, "Rumsfeld, you fascist; you are the terrorist!" as a military band welcomed him by playing the "Star Spangled Banner." This is just one example...
What Makes a College Catholic?
I have worked at a series of Catholic colleges and universities for 15 years and some days feel quite confused about what makes these institutions Catholic. The Second Vatican Council seemed clear in the Declaration on Christian education, Gravissimum...
"You Are Welcome Here!" an Interview with Father Kenan Osborne, O.F.M
Some photographs in the archives at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California are yellowing with age and curling at the edges. In one photo, a young Franciscan stands with a ceremonial, shovel in hand--clearly enjoying the attention...