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. 29, No. 16, February 19

A Close Look at Jesuit Order Uncovers a Rich History and Challenging Future
ROME - The most important part of Jesuit Father John J. O'Callaghan's job, he admits, takes the least amount of time. As one of four general assistants at the Jesuit curia, his job, and theirs, is to supervise the actions of the order's father general...
Caution: Haitian Military Shouldn't Be Trusted
News last week that Haiti's military rulers had flip-flopped again and might agree to allow U.N. human-rights observers into the country after all should be greeted with caution. Make no mistake: When you deal with the Haitian military, you are dealing...
Christian Brothers Search for Authenticity
ROME - In 1990 in Geneva, on a platform alongside United Nations dignitaries, Christian Brother John Calvin Johnston accepted the UNESCO Noma Award for the Christian Brothers schools' work in combating illiteracy (see accompanying story). It was...
Church Could Learn Much from the Demise of Sears
The recent announcement that Sears - the giant retailer that once sold everything from live chicks to an "amazing electric belt" guaranteed to improve your you-know-what - will lay off 50,000 employees, close 113 stores and shut down their massive...
Homicide: Life on the Street
Some viewers in the more fortunate corners of America might take the new series "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern) as a first-rate urban melodrama. They might praise the show's eccentrically absurdist bent and savor...
If Joint Chiefs Have Problem, Let Them Disobey like Men
In Miltary Justice Is to Justice What Military Music Is to Music, Robert Sherrill writes: "It is one of the ironies of patriotism that a man who is called to the military service of his country may anticipate not only the possibility of giving up his...
In Search of Spiritual Leadership
Upon his retirement in 1981, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart lamented that his epitaph would probably be his oft-quoted phrase from a 1964 obscenity case: "I know it when I see it." (The "it" was pornography.) He was right about the epitaph....
Interesting Holes in the Military Mystique
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote: "I have told my sons ... not to work for companies which make massacre machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need machinery like that." This is strong stuff; one...
John Paul II's Lenten Message: 'Water's Sacred; Protect It.' (Lent '93) (Transcript)
Water is both a necessity of life and a sacred symbol upholding life. It plays a central role in scripture and, of course, in the lives of those who have lived it and live by it today. Yet this necessity, this sacred element, either does no longer...
Mind-Blowing Nuclear Budget Is Based on Fantasy
Legend has it that the Chinese continued to build the Great Wall of China for generations after the hordes that were perceived to be their enemies had vanished into history. There is gloomy evidence that the United States is making the same fatal...
Nuns Serve Poor on Other Side of 'Paradise.' (Religious Orders - Mercy Sisters in Jamaica)
Meat farm, bakery support work in Jamaica WASHINGTON - Travel brochures lure tourists to "escape to a heavenly paradise, the elegant atmosphere that is uniquely Jamaica." But there are two faces to this popular island in the Caribbean. Kingston,...
Pastoral Plan Confront Crisis in San Francisco Archdiocese
SAN DIEGO - San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn, urged on by his priests, has announced a three-year pastoral plan and "call to action" to face up to the critical fiscal, structural and organizational problems affecting the church there. Quinn...
Pope Ends Trip with Call for Peace in Sudan
Announces special Synod of Bishops for Africa in 1994 KHARTOUM, Sudan - Pope John Paul II concluded his 10th trip to Africa, Feb. 10, having spoken before tens of thousands and having repeated calls for religious and ethnic tolerance. His three-nation...
Pope Offers Olive Branch to Islam
OXFORD, England - To call Pope John Paul's visit to Khartoum, Sudan, last week "controversial" is a mighty understatement. Some local clergy say they think John Paul has fallen into a Muslim trap woven by Prime Minister Omar Hassam Bashir. Encouraged...
Scholar Unearths History of Celtic Women: Women Played Roles That Today Belong to Male Priesthood
Women played roles that today belong to male priesthood ST. PAUL, Minn. - Women exercised strong leadership in the early Celtic church, and one of them - St Brigit - may have been ordained a bishop. So reports scholar Edward C. Sellner, who for...
Sisters Take Stormy Century in Stride
SAN DIEGO - The Maryknoll Sisters are not as old as the century, but Maryknoll Sister Mary Gemma Shea, the last founding member of the order, was that and a little more when she died last month at 98. Margaret Shea's life had spoken to, and paralleled,...
The Growing Complexities of School Choice
He who rises by the symbol usually falls by the symbol. Like Richard Nixon lumbering off to China, for which he would have demanded that anyone else be impeached, President Clinton will have to preside over something called "school choice" before he...
Unskilled Labor Key to Nuns' Calling
WASHINGTON - What do washing dishes, sweeping floors, factory work, housecleaning or selling circus tickets have to do with religious life? "Everything," said Little Sister of Jesus regional superior Cathy Wright. "We need jobs to support ourselves,...
War Makes People Feel So Alive
New light on why we fight hints at hubris of best and brightest KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In 1916, someone in the U.S. Army launched an investigation: "Why do men go to war?" When news of this reached Gen. Pershing, he ordered the study stopped because...
Why Should Religious Get Up in the Morning?
A member of my religious congregation recently told me she has stopped reading her community mail. This woman has been known internationally for her vision and leadership in religious life since Vatican II. As we talked about religious life, she declared...