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. 44, No. 18, May 2

Activist an Icon in War-Addicted World
Tom Pahl Lewis, a Catholic artist, was sketching a civil rights protest in 1964 at a segregated amusement park in Baltimore when he noticed the crowd around him becoming hostile toward the demonstrators. Concerned his silence would signal consent,...
Archbishop Bars Prominent Priest as Canon Lawyer
Saying Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle had "failed to represent [clients] properly or effectively" in the church court in St. Louis, Archbishop Raymond Burke has barred the priest from acting as a canon lawyer in the St. Louis archdiocese. In a decree...
A Resurgent Taliban: According to Arab Media, the Taliban's War of Attrition Is Meant to Force the West to the Negotiating Table
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Taliban are back and stronger and more popular than ever. NATO and the United States will soon have no choice but to negotiate with them, six years after driving them out of Kabul. That's the impression one gets from reading...
Calls for Bishop's Removal Step Up
Some 25 years before he was named bishop of Belleville in southern Illinois, Fr. Edward K. Braxton wrote a book titled The Wisdom Community: A Framework and a Program for Renewzing Communication and Understanding Between Priests, Bishops, Theologians...
Chaplains Minister to Ship Workers Far from Home
NEW ORLEANS -- Deacon Pat Dempsey, a port chaplain, remembers the day he rode a launch out into the Mississippi River to visit a crew aboard an anchored vessel. In a backpack he carried his book of the Gospels, the music and the sacred vessels he would...
Christianity's Violent History
James Carroll's best-selling book Constantine's Sword has been made into a powerful film documentary with the same title. The book, published in 2001 to some controversy, had concentrated on the responsibility of the Catholic church for the long history...
Clinton on Economic Justice, Defense Spending, Gender
Mary Barron is covering the Democratic primaries for NCR. She interviewed Sen. Hillary Clinton by phone April 13 following the CNN Compassion Forum prior to the Pennsylvania Primary, which Clinton won and in which she took 69 percent of the Catholic...
Closet Catholic in the White House? Some Say Yes, Others Say Perish the Thought
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As if the chattering classes didn't already have enough to do, there has been some recent debate about whether George W. Bush is, in fact, America's most Catholic president. Never mind that he's a born-again Methodist who...
Food Riots Underscore 'Tsunami of Need': Experts Address Global Crisis at Conference in Kansas City
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Haiti, mud cakes are a traditional remedy for hunger pangs among the poorest of the poor. Made from dried dirt mixed with salt, shortening and sugar, some say the cakes have a buttery flavor. But now even that meager meal...
Helping Those Who Help Others: Those Who Care for the Aged Need More from Their Parishes and Families
Because my mother, Dolores, decided not to become a Carmelite nun, I'm here today. Instead, she raised three children, earned a degree in early childhood education and taught kindergarten for 20 years. Now, at age 69, she has answered yet another calling,...
Meditating on Mud Cakes
Twice within the last five days I've heard people from different parts of the United States talk about the rising cost of mud cakes in Haiti. Unfortunately, this isn't a joke. As Rich Heffern explains in the story about the rising cost of food (Page...
Obama's Error ... and Ours: Americans Are Hungry to Engage Spiritually with a 'Politics of Meaning'
Seeing religion as a substitute gratification grabbed on to by people who are otherwise oppressed is an insight that has been part of liberal and progressive culture for at least 150 years. Unfortunately, Barack Obama got it wrong because he identified...
Pope's American Visit: What Now?
In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's visit, as his image, words and gestures fade from the media, it is time to ask: What-now? As we digest the texts of his speeches and homilies, will there be any accompanying shift in attitude or policy in the American...
Pope Wins Friends on First U.S. Trip: Praise for Straight Talk on Abuse Crisis; Others Call for Action to Back Up Words
After specific memories of public events during Pope Benedict XVI's April 15-20 visit to Washington and New York fade--the huge public Masses in Nationals Park and Yankee Stadium, the elaborate reception on the White House lawn, the address to the...
Religion Can Be Good for a Laugh
The Catholic church is losing parishioners so quickly in Mexico that leaders are now delivering confession and Communion services in vans, a la the bookmobile. You didn't hear that news? How about this? The Vatican recently released a new guide...
Siding with Kids to End Cruelty: Tom Roberts Visited Port-Au-Prince to Learn More about Sr. Martha Vanrompay, a Master Infiltrator Who Is Liberating Restaveks, Kids Trapped in Haiti's Shameful System of Abuse
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If countries took psalms as slogans, Haiti's certainly would be the lament uttered from the cross: My God, why have you abandoned me? Psalm 22 ultimately resolves in hope. And if there is hope in Haiti today, it is due in...
The Game of Refugee Roulette: David Ngaruri Kenney's Story Reveals the Dark Side of Immigration Law
If in your darker moments you believe, as I do, that a law is what a judge says it is, the story of David Ngaruri Kenney offers strong confirmation. What he has endured these past years as he sought asylum in the United States from persecution and...
Up, Up and Away: 'Flight of the Red Balloon' Is Cinematic Poetry; 'The Visitor' Looks at Post-9/11 Immigration Practices
Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon is both a slice-of-life portrayal of modern Paris and a homage to Albert Lamorisse's 1956 children's classic, "The Red Balloon." The latter follows a young boy around Paris as he befriends a spirited red...
U.S. House Passes Debt Relief
Religious leaders praised me U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Jubilee Act, which pushes the Treasury Department to seek debt cancellation agreements with 24 countries. The bill, which passed 285-132 with broad bipartisan support April...
Value People over Profits, Bishop Urges
Salvadoran Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez came to Kansas City recently with an all-American message. No, it wasn't about college sports. It was about the need for solidarity across borders to combat a new breed of violence through which the North afflicts...
Vatican's Voice on Sexual, Medical Ethics Dies
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, a prominent voice of the Vatican on sexual and medical ethics, died April 20 at the Plus XI Clinic in Rome. He was 72 and died after suffering cardiac arrest, The Associated Press reported. According...