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. 43, No. 23, April 6

Abuse Crisis Changes Catholic Schools
Nearly five years after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal, Catholic schools are finding that compliance with the guidelines it...
Amman Churches Serve Iraqi Refugee Children
Though Mariam Tonni, 11, remembers her home in Iraq, she prefers now to draw faces with large smiles, perfect rows of teeth and detailed hair. Her sister, Myrna, 9, likes to draw girls with fancy dresses going to parties. "I remember our house and...
Archbishop of Canterbury Says Slavery Reparations Should Be Paid
LONDON -- Saying that apologies don't go far enough, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has suggested the Church of England should consider paying back the money it once received as compensation when the hundreds of slaves it owned were freed....
Assimilation and Strife: 'Namesake' Focuses on Immigrants' Experience; 'Wind That Shakes the Barley' on Civil War
The Namesake is an insightful film about cultural adaptation from Mira Nair ("Salaam Bombay!"), the Indian-born director who is an expert at shuttling between worlds. Based on the successful novel of Jhumpa Lahiri, the screenplay by Sooni Taraporevela...
Calming the Frenzy
"Very few issues trigger a frenzy like this one," said Jesuit Fr. Richard Leonard, director of the Australian Catholic Film Office, during a lecture last month at the Religious Education Congress sponsored by the Los Angeles archdiocese. The issue...
Catechizing the Catechists: Religious Educators Need Support in Their Own Faith Journeys, Experts Say
Every Christian catechist wants his or her students to become disciples of Jesus Christ, able and willing to live out their faith in a community of disciples--the church--and for the life of the world. But how does the church find and form catechists...
Catholic Bishops Condemn Maguire on Birth Control, Gay Marriage
The U.S. Catholic bishops have denounced as "irresponsible" and "false teaching" a longtime Catholic theologian's insistence that Catholics are able to dissent from the hierarchy's opposition to contraceptives, same-sex marriage and abortion. Daniel...
Catholics, Anglicans Team Up to Curb Gambling Addiction
As more and more casinos open in Macau, a local Protestant social-service group and a Catholic organization in neighboring Hong Kong are joining to train counselors for people caught up in gambling. The Macau Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican) Youth Leadership...
'Cloistered' Chickens: Would the Monks Visit Cruelty on Human Beings the Way They Do the Chickens? Would the Monks like to Live Packed into Cages?
It's not pleasant seeing valued friends squabbling, even less so when the moment comes to take sides, which is now. The dustup involves the fathers and brothers at the Trappist monastery in Moncks Corner, S.C., and officials at People for the Ethical...
Communicating Jesus' Message with iPods and Videos
As dean of campus ministry and a religion teacher at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, N.J., Joe Wilson spends his entire day with teenagers. And teens spend more time with media than they do with their families, he said. Thus it doesn't take...
Discrimination That Hides in Plain Sight
Try to remember this: It is possible to go too far. Remember this, too: It will all depend on what you're talking about whether it turns out to be too far or not. I got another lesson on that one recently. Last week in Ireland, Trocaire, the official...
French Debate Legalizing Euthanasia
A criminal trial of a physician and nurse accused of euthanizing a patient raised public debate and interjected the topic into France's presidential election campaign. In 2003, Dr. Laurence Tramois, 35, prescribed a lethal dose of potassium chloride...
'Gospel with Gusto': Engaging Children in the Faith
Joyce Springer is no run-of-the-mill Sunday catechetical teacher. Her religious education classes abound with aromas, tastes, colors, movement and high-octane participation. When she pops popcorn and gets children to reflect on how their faith is like...
Ideals and Reality: Religious Order and Laity Clash over the Fate of a Catholic High School
The e-mails arrived around midnight, in late June, after the term had ended at Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, Ill. The school president at the time, Holy Cross Fr. Michael DeLaney, asked the faculty to attend a meeting just two days later....
Informal School Supports Immigrants' Kids
Working as a deckhand on a Thai fishing trawler is tough enough, but Saw, 15, labors under the additional burden of being an undocumented immigrant from Myanmar. The youth, who preferred not to give his full name, does have one thing he looks forward...
'Into Great Silence': Why Now?
In February 1999, I started to research An Infinity of Little Hours, a book about the life of Carthusian hermit monks. That same year, the reverend father of the Grande Chartreuse, the headquarters of the order in France, called Philip Groning to ask...
Law Schools Rally against Military Policy
Throughout the past six years, the Bush administration has gone to great lengths to defend the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which bars lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from serving openly in the armed forces. In a Supreme Court decision...
Liturgists Design Multimedia Education Project
Although a new translation of the Mass probably is a couple years away from parish use, a group of liturgy specialists from the United States, England and Australia is designing a multimedia package to help Catholics prepare. Msgr. James P. Moroney,...
Living the Paschal Mystery in the Battered Time
As we enter the Sacred Triduum, the three most holy days of the church's liturgical year, we naturally think sequentially. On stark Good Friday we pray in sorrow; hear once again the Passion according to St. John; venerate the bare cross; receive Communion...
Mepkin, PETA Still at Odds on Eggs
For 10 years, David Gold, Jewish by birth, has been traveling from his home in Raleigh, N.C., to neighboring South Carolina to make retreats at Mepkin Abbey. In addition to many hours spent in prayer, Gold loves to join the Trappist monks in their...
Questions and Sanctuaries
Holy Week is at once that time out of time as well as that time tied to the most miniscule moments of the everyday. "With good reason," writes Jesuit Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan, "we move thus through solemn rites, one after the other, even though we know...
Report: Catholics Must Rethink Parochial School System
The glory days of the U.S. Catholic parochial school are gone, according to a new University of Notre Dame report, and the church must rethink its mission in order to recapture the school system's lost luster. The report, issued late last year by...
Starting Point
In Luke's Gospel, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, bravely go to the tomb at daybreak, not knowing they would become involved in one of the most famous games of hide-and-seek ever played. Mary, Joanna and Mary did not invent...
Supreme Court Should Go Back to School
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer should spend some time in a public school. That might equip him to make a more intelligent decision in the case argued before the court in March, pitting a principal against a student suspended for unveiling a 14-foot...
The Empty Tomb Still Draws a Crowd
The Resurrection. Nearly two millennia after the apostles first spread news of this seminal event in Christian history, scholars still cogitate over the Resurrection. Books and articles exploring every Gospel jot and tittle cram bookshelves. And...
Those Ungrateful Iraqis
"We have given to the Iraqi people more than any other nation could ask for. We have stood behind them, we have deposed their dictator, we have given them free governance and a chance at a constitution and free elections." George W. Bush making...