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. 37, No. 42, October 5

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CITING A U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION last year to strike down Nebraska's ban on late-term abortions, a federal district judge has ruled that a similar ban in Ohio is unconstitutional. Ohio's law violated the Constitution because it did not allow the...
Afraid to Imagine What Could Go Right
This sad little tale from the West Coast speaks to the blind side of Catholicism as currently promulgated from Rome. It's a parish tale that talks to the entire world. This is a Dominican parish. As most people know, the men and women whose vocation...
A Man Who Was `Filled with God'
Bishop Lucker spoke out for justice as he walked with everybody Mid-America gathered at the funeral of Bishop Raymond Lucker, held at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Minn., Sept. 25. Lucker, who died Sept. 19 after a year-long siege...
At a Glance
The New Testament does not address the matter of war, apart from using warfare in metaphors that "describe the Christian life or illustrate the proclamation or the gospel," and in Jesus' warning that "those who use the sword are sooner or later destroyed...
Attacks Find No Justification in Islam, Muslim Leaders Say
Muslim world `under siege from extremists,' according to prominent theologian in Britain Leading Muslim theologians in Europe have denied claims that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center might find justification...
Called to Do More Than Just Show Up
Hardball" has been the No. 1 movie at the box office two weeks in a row. I've been wondering why. It's a movie about a guy helping kids put together a baseball team. It's supposed to be a comedy, but turns out to be a tearjerker, about kids struggling...
Despite Tensions, Ecumenical Conviviality Takes Precedence
After controversial recent trips to Greece and Ukraine, where Orthodox authorities demanded apologies for past Catholic wrongs and railed against the pope's very presence, the ecumenical conviviality between East and West in Armenia Sept. 25-27 was...
Expert Tracks Radical Islamic Movements
Terrorist network has deep roots and determined people, she says Reading Judith Miller's 1996 book, God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting from a Militant Middle East, has its occasional chilling moments. One occurs during a 1993 interview Miller...
Inside NCR
This week's cover story, about a remarkable group of lawyers who have veered from usual career tracks to represent some of the most desperate and hidden subjects in the criminal justice system, was scheduled for publication the week the terrorists...
Letters
God is big enough * Ever since Sept. 11, a chorus of "God Bless America" has swept the nation. Just once, I'd like to hear a chorus of "God Bless Australia." Or "God Bless Albania." Or "God Bless Afghanistan." If God is a great God, then surely...
Mixed Messages on Force Abound during Papal Trip
The pope is not a pacifist, papal spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls said, and the church recognizes a right to self defense. As Pope John Paul II began a late September journey to central Asia, a region seemingly destined to form the front line...
Muhammad's Message Rests on Five Pillars
Communitarian emphasis, other features present non-Islamic people with questions Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world in the past 50 years, with a growth so pronounced that there are more Muslims in the United States than there...
Nonviolence Is a Practical Strategy
Two weeks and no retaliatory strike. An armada of U.S. battleships and bombers gathered ominously within striking distance of Afghanistan, though no one in Washington ventured to suggest a target. Meanwhile, led by Secretary of State Colin Powell,...
Pope's Frailty Apparent in Visit to Central Asia
John Paul's physical decline, attributable both to age and to the Parkinson's disease Vatican authorities no longer deny, has made the phrase "increasingly frail" almost a part of his title. News stories now routinely begin: "The increasingly frail...
Rare Breed
Death penalty lawyers defend rights of politically invisible Bryan Stevenson graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a bachelor's in philosophy, got his master's in government, picked up a law degree and then headed south to represent...
Reporter's Notebook
In Kazakhstan, Vatican planners once again failed to anticipate the modes in which hotels in Eastern Europe might not be in full conformity with the moral protocol of papal travel. Last June in Ukraine, the party accompanying Pope John Paul II was...
Seeking Consolation for Grieving Hearts
In New York, church supports survivors, prepares for funerals While people at Ground Zero continue to deal with the grim reality of finding body parts rather than survivors of the terrorist attack that tore down this city's twin trade towers Sept....
Speakers Explore `Gift of Forgiveness'
On Sept. 14 and 15, the same weekend that President Bush told America "vengeance will take a long time," Holy Cross College of Worcester, Mass., hosted a conference on forgiveness. The conference was scheduled more than a year ago as the centerpiece...
Talking to Myself: A Way out of Gray World Inside My Head
Blessed with caregiver's love, the brain wires itself for dialogue, relationship Head bent, Lucy was moving as fast as her arthritic legs would carry her. Oscar Meyer, a Scruffy little dog as black as Lucy's dyed hair, shushed along at her ankles...
The Ethics of War
Catholic theologians and educators move just war criteria to forefront of discussion When terrorists flew a passenger jet into the Pentagon Sept. 11, Carol Corgan, a teacher at Gonzaga High School, knew she had to switch gears in her social justice...
Transfer Support to Those Trying to Eliminate Violence, Hot or Cold
In the field of conflict resolution, two types of violence have been identified: hot and cold. Hot violence is the death and chaos of Sept. 11 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Hot violence is the Columbine High School massacre, the Oklahoma...
Vocation Crisis Growing among Hispanics
Lack of interest in the priesthood by second- and third-generation Hispanics is deepening a vocations crisis in the U.S. Hispanic Catholic community, said a survey by the National Association of Hispanic Priests. Hispanic young men assimilated into...