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. 36, September 7

A Principal Ousted for What She Didn't Say: A Post-9/11 Story
The date 8/10/07 will never have the traction of 9/11. In fact, it's already been forgotten. The forgetting itself is part of the fault line of the Debbie Almontaser incident. On Aug. 10, Almontaser, the Muslim principal of the new Khalil Gibran...
A Raid on the Inarticulate: On the Parallels between Poetry and Prayer
A recent survey by Baylor University found that 75 percent of all Americans pray at least once a week. One can be sure, whatever their understanding of prayer and be they Jew or Christian, Muslim or Buddhist, Bahai or Hindu, 100 percent of these pray-ers...
'A Training Camp for Mystics': Sophia Center Brings Together Thought and Discussion from Art, Quantum Physics, Theology, Ecology and Healing
Here is the sacred," physicist Brian Swimme said softly as 150 pairs of eyes gazed at the projected image of the Rosette Nebula, a 4 million-year-old cluster of sparkling young stars that blend together to form a beautiful fuchsia-colored rose in full...
Christian Peacemaker Team Heads Back to Iraq
After six months focused on healing accumulated stress and trauma, a Christian Peacemaker Team will be heading back to Iraq to resume its mission of monitoring the Iraqi occupation by Western forces and supporting local groups in reducing violence....
Creativity at the Grass Roots: Women-Church Convergence Models Religious Community
If one reads only the news of official Catholicism, it might appear to some to be a depressing picture. I was recently asked by a Presbyterian leader if I "still" had any relation to the Catholic church. I said I belonged to a local parish haft a block...
Gay Catholic Youth Group Ministers in Mexico
Noe Ruiz, 27, teaches elementary school in Saltillo, Coahuila's state capital, about 200 miles south of the Texas border at Laredo. Like many in northern Mexico, Ruiz is Catholic and actively practices his faith. Unlike many in his hometown, he...
Hispanic Youth Are the U.S. Church's Best Investment
Public television's "Antiques Roadshow" surprises participants with the value of possessions long disregarded. A blanket over an easy chair is a priceless Navajo creation. A bookmark reveals a daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe. Something similar...
Human Work, the Essential Key
Labor Day has come to mean many things in the United States: a day of rest, the end of summer, and the custom of refraining from wearing white shoes until Memorial Day. However, the holiday, first celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, was a day to honor workers...
New Khalil Gibran Academy Is Caught Up in Controversy
"Only in America" may be an overused phrase, but a debate is percolating in New York these days that reflects a uniquely American confluence of religious pluralism, church/state tensions, the politics of identity and fears unleashed by the war on terror....
Occupation Project Targets Congress' War Spending Votes
Encouraged by successes in its winter-spring campaign to stop funding for the Iraq war. a coalition of antiwar groups is organizing another round of sit-in demonstrations in the home offices of U.S. senators and congressmen and congresswomen through...
Scholarships Help Empower Female University Students
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A Muslim undergraduate said the support she received from a Christian organization makes her want to help other poor Bangladeshi women. The 22-year-old botany student, Fatema-Tuz-Zuhra Nilu, told UCA News that after her studies,...
Shonali Bose: Unafraid and Unabashed: The Filmmaker Courts Controversy in Focusing on a Dark Chapter in Indian History
Shonali Bose remembers pitching "Ainu" to a Bombay producer. She told him the film was about an Indian-American girl's journey to India to find her roots. That was fine. Then she said the film was about the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. He stopped her right...
Starting Point
OK, time to pray. I'll just let all thoughts go and enter into the realm of contemplation. OK, I'll just let all thoughts go. Well, maybe I'll start with the reading for the day from the Rule of St. Benedict 64.18: The prioress should ponder...
The Perils of Populism
DEMOCRACY AND POPULISM: FEAR AND HATRED By John Lukacs Yale University Press, 256 pages, $16 DOES AMERICAN DEMOCRACY STILL WORK? By Alan Wolfe Yale University Press, 224 pages, $22 The right can't catch a break these days. Republicans lost the...
U.S. Blames Others for Civilian Casualties
The United States and its allies are increasingly relying on air power to fight radical Islamic movements. In addition to the question of whether such operations will be successful, the shift in tactics has led to an increasing numbers of civilian...
What Students Need to Know
As our schools reopen after the summer break, it might be time to recommit ourselves to educating for the common good, educating for justice. Unfortunately, the commitment to protect all people, a core principle of Catholic social teaching, too...
Women's Work: Gathering Envisions Ways Women Can-Create Peace
Many women insist that if women ran the world, we wouldn't be in Iraq, Afghanistan or any of the dozens of lands where men and armaments create mayhem. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Men, however, can point to Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher--women...