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. 46, No. 12, April 2

A Cold War Perspective on Romero's Death
COMMENTARY In that last Sunday sermon on March 23, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero followed his familiar format, starting with an extended reflection on the scripture texts of the day. He eventually described and denounced incidents of government...
A Game of Chess, Strawberries, and Emptiness Revisited
EARTH AND SPIRIT Beautiful, grotesque, disturbing, darkly terrible, inspiring, tragic, funny, deeply spiritual, shockingly antireligious--all of these equally describe the late Ingmar Bergman's 1956 film about a 14th-century knight (Max von Sydow)...
A Growing Movement
During every Easter season, as contemporary believers celebrate their faith in Jesus' resurrection, we also remember those pioneers by whose graced courage and creativity the Jesus movement began, expanded and evolved. We admire our living roots in...
A Painful Chronology of the Crisis Sweeping over Germany, Austria and Switzerland
News of the long-standing, systematic abuse of pupils by Jesuit teachers at prestigious schools in Germany in the 1970s and '80s first hit world headlines Jan. 29, when Jesuit Fr, Klaus Mertes, rector since 1994 of the "Canisius-Kolleg," an elite Jesuit...
Bishops' High School Catechetical Guidelines Work Way into Programs.guideline First Aimed at Textbook Publishers
WASHINGTON. Just two years after it was published, the U.S. bishops' doctrinal framework for high school catechetics has begun wending its way toward implementation in school and parish programs. Progress is uneven, however. According to a former...
Catechetical Expert Sees Benefits, Challenges with Framework
Thomas Groome, widely regarded as the most influential scholar and teacher of Catholic catechesis in the nation, told NCR that texts in conformity with the bishops' curriculum framework, currently being readied by religious publishers, will be the...
Catholic Journal Says Plan B Does Not Cause Abortions: New Finding Could Mean No Moral Dilemma in Giving Drug to Rape Victims
WASHINGTON. If it holds, a finding in a Catholic health journal could be the key to ending a major dilemma for Catholic health facilities across the nation and around the world. Plan B, the nation's most widely used emergency contraceptive, works...
Catholic Leaders Clash on Health Care Reform
WASHINGTON. Congress' narrow enactment of health care reform March 21 found the Catholic bishops sitting on the sidelines--still denouncing the bill for the way they interpreted its stand on elective abortion, and therefore urging House members to...
Catholic Schools Reinventing Themselves
The numbers are familiar and the story has become routine. The number of Catholic schools in the United States and the number of students enrolled in those schools are in decline. This time of year, especially, as parish councils, school boards...
Children Denied Catholic Schooling; Lesbian Couple Speaks Out: Mothers Talk with NCR in an Exclusive Interview
BOULDER, COLO. Two women who have been at the center of a firestorm of media attention here since early March, when news broke that their daughters would no longer be welcome at the Sacred heart of Jesus Parish School because their mothers are lesbians,...
Choosing Which Voice to Heed: Many Voices Are Forceful and Alluring. We Need to Listen Carefully, Pray Intently and Discern Wisely Which Ones We Will Heed
If you tend to skip ahead in a book to see what's coming up, you might already have glanced at next Sunday's Gospel. In it, the Johannine Jesus affirms that he is the Good Shepherd of all sinners. He knows us. He also assures us that we can hear his...
Critics Say Pastoral Letter to Irish Falls Short
In his most comprehensive statement yet on the sexual abuse crisis, Pope Benedict XVI, in a letter to the Irish church, has apologized to victims, called on abuser priests to tell the truth, and charged bishops to cooperate with civil authorities....
Faith, Love and 'How It Works at West'
REFLECTION When a student in my classroom asked why I cared so much, I naturally responded, "That's how it works at West." West Philadelphia Catholic High School is not merely a school. For our students, who all come from challenging backgrounds,...
Haitian Students Lend a Hand in Recovery Efforts
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI Colonb Mitsuka was on a playground at Louverture Cleary School when the massive magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti Jan. 12, causing a cinder block to fall on her, significantly injuring her face. The 14-year old needed stitches...
Health and Sustainability at the Lunch Table
OAKLAND, CALIF. Thirteen years ago, Justin Gagnon, then a freshman at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, never dreamed that he and two good friends would one day become future school lunch heroes to kids, their parents and the planet. Today,...
Holy Week's Liturgical Evolution Tracing Holy Week's Liturgical Evolution
I am indebted to Nathan Mitchell, a colleague at the University of Notre Dame and a liturgical scholar of the first rank, for most of the historical details in this column. Holy Week, as everyone knows, is observed during the final week of Lent,...
In Praise of the Catholic Role
When history looks back on the momentous passage of the health care reform bill, the Catholic debate over the bill's abortion provisions and the church's long-term conviction that health care rises to the stature of a universal right will certainly...
Matthiesen, Antinuclear Activist-Bishop, Dies at 88
Leroy T. Matthiesen, the retired bishop of Amarillo, Texas, who in the 1980s counseled Catholics to leave their jobs in a local factory that assembled nuclear weapons, died March 22. He was 88. Matthiesen received the Teacher of Peace Award last...
Mentors Help Homeless Seniors in Phoenix
PHOENIX Ozanam Manor, a transitional senior housing facility in Phoenix run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, offers much more to its guests than a bed and three meals a day It provides caseworkers and mentors to help homeless men and women get...
Orsy Declares His Insights
NCR editor Tom Fox is on assignment in Munich, Germany. The following is by Arthur Jones, NCR books editor. Fox's column will return in the April 16 issue. "I am putting my insights before the academic community--as was customary in the Middle Ages,"...
Philippines Divided over Reproductive Health Policies
MANILA, PHILIPPINES In a nation where the Hail Mary is heard on public address systems at airports between flight announcements, separation of church and state appears thin. In a nation where thousands regularly gather for Sunday Masses in shopping...
Sainthood for Romero? Once Canonized, Romero Will Not Be Just Another Holy Person or Model for Piety. He Will He Held Up as an Exemplar for the Episcopacy and the Church Itself
SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR Thousands of Salvadorans and visitors from around the world who turned out March 24 in this capital city to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero heard Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes apologize...
Scandal Hits Close to Pope's Home; Revelations in Munich Touch on Ratzinger's Management as Archbishop There
MUNICH, GERMANY Ever since it was reported here earlier this month that a priest suspected of child abuse entered the Munich and Freising archdiocese for treatment in 1980, was eventually allowed to do parish work, and went on to abuse more children,...
Sex Abuse Scandal Tapering in US, but Remains Financial Burden
WASHINGTON. The scandal of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, which has plagued the U.S. church for nearly a decade, is tapering off, according to a report released by the U.S. bishops March 23. The number of abuse victims, allegations and...
Sisters' Program Yields Brighter Futures; Mobile School for Migrant Kids Ended in 2001, but Still Bears Fruit in Students' Lives
Migrant farm workers in this country have always faced a multitude of challenges, more so if they have children. Decent housing, food and medical care are rare commodities for those who move from harvest to harvest. A lack of permanency extracts a...
Study: Latinos Who Leave Church Choose No Religion
WASHINGTON A new analysis of religious identification data finds that contrary to popular belief, U.S. Latinos are not leaving behind Catholicism for Protestant churches, but instead are affiliating themselves with no religion at all. A study released...
The Credibility Gap Widens
The Holy Father needs to directly answer questions, in a credible forum, about his role--as archbishop of Munich (1977-82), as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (1982-2005), and as pope (2005-present)--in the mismanagement of...
Will Ratzinger's Past Trump Benedict's Present?
Gino Burresi may sound like the name of a shortstop from the '50s, but among Vatican insiders, it marks a watershed in the sexual abuse crisis. The fall from grace of Burresi, a charismatic Italian priest and founder of the Servants of the Immaculate...
Without Forgiveness, There's No Room Left for Love
On Oct. 2, 2006, the country was shocked by the news that a lone gunman had entered an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and shot 10 Amish girls aged 6 to 13. Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, an "English" (non-Amish) milkman known to the children,...