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. 39, No. 16, February 21

16 Years of Grace on Broadway: When `Les Miserables' Closes in May, It Will Leave `a Big Void'. (Theater)
Declining attendance following the terrorist attacks on New York may be bringing down the curtain on "Les Miserables," but what a run the show has had for the past 16 years. When the marquee goes dark at the Imperial Theatre May 18, it will have become...
Batul's Unique Perspective on Two Nations: 18-Year-Old Refugee Has Seen Worst of U.S., Iraq. (Opinion)
For moral guidance, as well as political counsel, on U.S.-Iraq relations, I have been listening lately to Batul Al-Zubeidy. She knows firsthand of the death-dealing policies of both violent governments. Both the United States and Iraq saw her life...
Boston College to Consider Gay/straight Student Alliance. (Nation)
It's not yet a done deal. But the week of Feb. 10, when representatives of the university's student government were scheduled to meet with a school vice president, Boston College moved one step closer to formal recognition of a support and educational...
Bush and God-Talk: Presidential Language Puts off Some in Religious Community. (Nation)
President or preacher? That's the question some in the religious community are asking as President Bush continues to regularly weave religious references into his speeches and public comments. "It's become a matter of style, rather than an exception,"...
Church Social Action Ministry Faces Credibility Crisis: Sex Scandals Taint Efforts. (News Analysis)
The 500-plus social ministry workers who descended on Washington Feb. 9-12 came to advocate for programs under budgetary assault and to voice opposition to a war many see as inevitable. But first, they had to deal with the elephant in the middle of...
Deaths
Bishop James Hoffman Encouraged laity's role. Bishop James R. Hoffman, who led the Catholic church in northwest Ohio since 1981, died Feb. 8 in Toledo, three months after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 70. The sixth bishop of the Toledo...
Desert Monks: A Unique Hermit Community in the Colorado Wilderness Offers an Antidote to 21st-Century Materialism. (Religious Life)
The monks at the Spiritual Life Institute are hermits focused on mysticism, yet the group embodies an earthy pragmatism, enabling them to build bridges between the institutional church and those struggling to find spiritual health and healing. In...
Elephant in the Living Room. (Letters)
* Sr. Elizabeth Kolmer, in her review of John Fialka's Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America (NCR, Feb. 7) claims that the History of Women Religious Conference "has grown both in size and in the diversity of presenters ... at each triennial...
First U.S. Ecumenical Community for Women: Two Sisters and Ordained Presbyterian Comprise Core of Benedictine Center. (Religious Life)
Lynne Smith describes herself as a new monastic for the new millennium. Smith is a Presbyterian Benedictine--not just a baptized Presbyterian, but an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church. She is also a novice in the ecumenical community of...
Fostering Disharmony. (Letters)
* Having just finished reading the newly released study from the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue titled "Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian Reflection on the `New Age,'"...
George Bush's Theology: Does the President Believe He Has a Divine Mandate? (Nation)
In the spring of 1999, as George W. Bush was about to announce his run for president, he agreed to be interviewed about his religious faith--grudgingly. "I want people to judge me on my deeds, not how I try to define myself as a religious person of...
Grand Jury Reports Long Island Diocese Protected 58 Abusive Priests. (Church in Crisis)
A grand jury investigation report released Feb. 10 charged the diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., with protecting 58 sexually abusive priests through what it called a "sham" policy designed to protect the church's reputation and minimize payouts to...
Greeley Aims at the Wrong Target. (Editorials)
Fr. Andrew M. Greeley has enlivened and enriched the U.S. Catholic experience with cutting edge sociology and a spate of novels. His novels, though hardly high literature, can provide an unblinking look at the often hidden warts of the institutional...
In Rome, Novak Makes Case for War: Cardinal Heads to Iraq to Make Case for Peace. (World)
While Michael Novak's efforts to sell the Vatican on a war in Iraq appeared to make little headway, Pope John Paul II's diplomatic activity to stop that war intensified Feb. 9 with the dispatch of a personal emissary to Baghdad. The Vatican confirmed...
Inside NCR. (Openers)
If I were able, I'd place blinking lights around the story on the following page, for it probably goes as far as any analysis to explain President Bush, what motivates him as a leader and what shapes his view of the world. And I find it a frightening...
In the Shade at Grandma's. (Starting Point)
When winter has been with me too long, I close my eyes for a moment and see myself facing the summer shade of my grandma's house. I lived in the cooling shadow of that tall, white farmhouse all my growing up years. It was only a stone's throw from...
Lives of Commitment Behind the Quaint Image. (Religious Life)
Lay people sometimes speak of religious life as a medieval sort of self-denial, or as the dwindling legacy of Catholicism's golden years. Yet there are priests and nuns all over the world who are engaged in life-giving vocations, and every day they...
Nuns of Mythology, Reality and Legacy. (Religious Life)
Some time ago, this reporter and spouse walked over to the Ivanhoe Theater to take in "Late Nite Catechism," an interactive comedy that features the audience as students in an adult catechism class. The show, written, produced, directed and, in some...
Picking and Choosing. (Letters)
* It may be that Sacramento, Calif., Bishop William Weigand is correct in his action of demanding that California Gov. Gray Davis oppose abortion or forego Communion (NCR, Feb 7). But if that is so, then should Archbishop Eusebius Beltran of Oklahoma...
Red-Baiting Won't Stop War. (Letters)
* In your "Antiwar bedfellows", article (NCR, Jan. 31), you quote Prof. Stephen Zunes saying, "I think the demonstrations would have been twice as big had the organizers been from a wider range of antiwar groups and not so dominated by this tiny Marxist/Leninist...
She Brings Hospice to Latino Community. (Religious Life)
Hospice chaplain Norma Gutierrez calls herself "the good news" person. "I'm here to remind dying people that they are loved," she said. "No matter what they have or haven't done, God loves them. No matter their faith, a Higher Being has a plan for...
Sisters Widen Circle of Service: Boston Order Forms Corporation of Ministries with Mostly Lay Leadership. (Religious Life)
On a gray, overcast New England winter morning Charles Schuetz joined Srs. Eleanor Daniels and Joanne Gallagher around a table, here in the Sisters of St. Joseph's Office of Sponsored Ministries, located in the Brighton neighborhood. They were eager...
Social Action Workers Tackle International Fissures, Domestic Stress. (Nation)
Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is not a very good golfer. But when a friend recently invited him to play "at a very, very exclusive country club," he jumped at the chance. "While...
Strong, Faith-Filled Black Women Enrich U.S. Catholic Church. (Column)
When thinking of the history of African-Americans in the United States, all too often the voices of women and the significant contributions they have made to the black community and the United States as a whole is overlooked. Yet where would we be...
Vatican Looks at `New Age,' Issues `Appeal to Discernment'
If Vatican documents came with soundtracks, most would probably feature a classic sacred sound--Gregorian chant, perhaps, or Bach's Mass in B Minor. Stern rulings from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith might be backed by John Williams'...