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. 10, January 6

Abuse Case Puts Jesuit Confidentiality on Trial
Whether the Jesuit practice of manifestation of conscience, confidential communication Between a Jesuit and his superior, carries the same privilege as the seal of confession could be tested in an Alaska court in the coming weeks. Jesuit Fr. Stephen...
A Little Flexibility regarding Limbo
It is fitting that we not leave the old year behind without bidding proper adieu to one of the stranger constructions of Catholic theology--limbo. John L. Allen Jr. reported Dec. 2 that the International Theological Commission, which advises the...
Catholic Worker Draws FBI Attention
Seventy-two years after Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker movement, the FBI is onto the group. The "CWG [Catholic Worker group] advocates love and peace thru prayer," according to a May 2001 FBI memo released to the American...
Cunneen's 10 Best of 2005: Foreign Films Dominate This Year's List
My list of the best films of 2005 makes no claims of infallibility. I haven't seen all the candidates for that honor; the studios' regular practice of releasing--if only for brief runs--a number of films at the end of the year that they wish to place...
Faith in the Countryside
Yang Yankang was bicycling through a remote village in China's Shaanxi Province at dusk one evening when he heard the sound of people praying in the distance. Intrigued, he followed the voices to a courtyard, where he found a group of men and women...
He Could Have Been a Contender: The Charismatic Hans Kung Continues to Draw Crowds
If he'd played his poker hand differently, Hans Kung could have been pope. The turning point in his life came when Pope Paul VI called Fr. Kung in after the fourth session of the Second Vatican Council and said, "You know you could really help the...
Mexican Gays and Women Seek Asylum
It was an unlikely coalition that gathered at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, N.M., to see the film "Mexican Refugee." Activists involved in immigrant rights, gay rights and domestic violence issues viewed the disturbing...
Plutocrats on Campus: College Presidents Enjoy More Perks, Privileges and Pay Than They Deserve
Want a cushy job that will make you rich? Become a college president. And don't worry if it's not a brandname school. Even at second- and third-tier colleges, presidential enrichment programs thrive. At Lafayette, the total compensation in 2003-2004...
Right, Left Target 'Judicial Activism'
There's one see loser in the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee to consider Samuel Alito's elevation to the Supreme Court: "judicial activism." Interested parties work tirelessly to convince the Senate to confirm or reject a nominee they believe...
Rights Abuses Overshadow Elections: Haiti's Government Imprisons Opposition; Voters to Go to Polls Jan. 8
Secretary of. State Condoleezza Rice's stopover in Haiti last September was notably brief. The itinerary of her less than 24-hour visit included a cameo appearance at a voter registration site, a tour of the slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital,...
Seminary Leaders Foresee Tightening Up of Moral Teaching
While bishops and rectors participating in the current Vatican-sponsored apostolic visitation of American seminaries seem virtually unanimous that it will not result in sweeping changes, some foresee a "tightening up" on the presentation of church...
Starting Point
I am looking forward to early Mass this morning. I will just go and pray. Other people will do the readings; another priest will share reflections. I've grown comfortable being with this small community and have been shaped by the mood and pace of...
Starting the New Year with Thanks
On Page 14 there's an ad that thanks new NCR readers for coming aboard, especially for the number who joined us last month. I mention it because it gives me the opportunity to start the year by adding my thanks. As I was writing this I got a phone...
The Latest Bush Threat to Democracy
Enough. Little else is left to say to an administration that: * Led a country into war on false premises; * Continues to link the war against terrorism with the war in Iraq when the two had no relationship at the outset; * Dismisses the...
Who Does the Blessing When Bowser Goes Bye-Bye?
When chronic bronchitis meant Niki, a cocker spaniel, had to be euthanized, Pam Carpenter and her family needed support: Enter the pet chaplain. Like a handful of others across the country, Rob Gierka of Raleigh, N.C., is a chaplain for pet owners....