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. 47, No. 19, July 8

Attorney Questions Constitutionality of Law on Clergy-Client Relations
ST. PAUL, MINN. The attorney for a Minnesota priest charged with criminal sexual conduct with an adult female parishioner told the court that the case should be thrown out, arguing that a state law criminalizing sexual relations between a cleric and...
Beyond Questionable Deterrence: At Stanford, Policymakers Agree on Urgency of Nuclear Disarmament
Former Secretary of State George Shultz, at a gathering at Stanford University in California, called on religious leaders to envision a world free of nuclear weapons. Shultz, a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, joined a dozen...
Cardinal: 'No Theological Obstacle' to Ordaining Women
Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Portugal, a veteran European prelate at one point considered a contender for the papacy, has said there's "no fundamental theological obstacle" to the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic church....
Coalition for the Baptized Has High Hopes
ST. PAUL, MINN. Some 2,000 people gathered in Detroit June 10 for the American Catholic Council (NCR, June 24) to attend discussions surrounding current issues in the church. Among them was Paula Ruddy, who said the spirit of hope in the people was...
Conservative Catholic Leaders, Feminists Form Unlikely Alliances
At first blush, a 24-year-old student nurse in the South Punjab region of Pakistan might seem an unlikely symbol of the Catholic future. Yet a drama now unfolding around Farah Hatim illustrates an intriguing, and counterintuitive, trajectory: The more...
Dam Projects Meet Resistance: Environmentalists, Indigenous Battle Harnessing of Amazon's Rivers
Over the past decade, steady economic growth in Latin America has spurred a thirst for energy that the region's governments are increasingly trying to quench by harnessing rivers. Supporters tout hydroelectricity as a clean, renewable, low-carbon...
Empowering Women Leaders: Vital Voices Mission Going Strong after a Decade of Global Initiatives
This is a story about an idea that grew into a government project that grew into a thriving nonprofit organization with a solid record of empowerment for tens of thousands of women across the globe. It is also a story involving a Washington-based Catholic...
Food Conference Honors Outgoing CRS Head
KANSAS CITY, MO. * Catholic Relief Services director Ken Hackett was honored on June 28 at the 13th annual International Food Aid Conference here. Hackett steps down at the end of this year after 18 years at the helm of the Baltimore-based humanitarian...
Franciscan Group Sees Fertile Future
The new director of the Franciscan Action Network, Patrick Carolan, is fast becoming a familiar face at inside-the-beltway gatherings of Catholics concerned about social justice. One day he is at a lunch hosted by Catholics in Alliance for the Common...
Gay Marriage, Bishops and the Crisis of Leadership
The vote approving same-sex marriage in New York is the latest and most glaring confirmation of some gloomy news for the Catholic church in the United States, and it's not that gays have achieved the right to marry. Rather, affirmed in the recent...
Haitian Student's Long Lent Is Over
On the day people in Joplin, Mo., were searching the ruins for survivors of the tornado, we got a call from a survivor in Haiti. It was Claude Winddcheley Saturne, calling to say, "My long Lent is over." He had started college classes that morning...
Job Creation Should Take Precedence over Deficit Reduction
The current budget debate has deep implications for both the unemployment crisis and the increasing concentration of wealth in American society. Not long ago, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif.; and Lawrence Mishel, president...
Lessons Learned from VIRTUS
Michael Bemi is president and CEO of the National Catholic Risk Retention Group, a Vermont-based insurer serving Catholic dioceses and religious communities in the United States. In the late 1990s, it pioneered the VIRTUS program, the centerpiece of...
Letting Go of All but God
JULY 24, 2011, SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 1 Kgs 3:5,7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52 What would you ask for if you had a chance to wish for anything? In today's first reading from 1 Kings, God says to the great King Solomon,...
Major Christian Groups Reach Accord on Proselytizing
WASHINGTON. Christian missionaries should renounce all "deception and coercive means" of winning converts, according to an agreement released June 28 by a broad coalition of evangelicals, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican. The document,...
Money, Political Clout Backed Bill's Passage, Says Catholic Official
WASHINGTON The effort to stop a same-sex marriage bill in the New York Legislature came down to money and political favors, according to one Catholic official, who said neither were at the disposal of Catholic leaders and their allies working to keep...
Musical Tells an Intimate Magdalene Story
NEW YORK. Although he grew up in the United Church of Christ tradition, James Olm had no impression of Mary Magdalene until about a dozen years ago when a minister gave him a copy of the Gnostic gospels, and he began reading about the woman wrongly...
New Bishop Shows Changing Face of Australian Church
EAST MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA * "Tonight I have been raised to new heights literally at both ends, though I still feel relatively small." These were the first words of newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Melbourne in his remarks...
Oprah and the Triumph of the Therapeutic
Whether you belong to the Oprah or the "Just Say Noprah" camp, it is difficult to deny that, for millions, Winfrey's TV program has been much more than a talk show. The devotion that she has inspired goes beyond her massive car and gift giveaways and...
Patience: Willingness to Wait
JULY 17,2011, SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Wis 12:13,16-19; Ps 86; Rom 9:26-27; Mt 13:24-43 Apastor of a large congregation in upstate New York shared this experience with his parishioners: "Three minutes had elapsed since, I sat down at...
Professor Proposes 'Green Thomism' to Reconnect Catholics to Creation
ST. PAUL, MINN. When St. Paul Seminary professor Chris Thompson recently went searching for the top agriculture programs at U.S. Catholic universities, what he found--or, rather, what he didn't find--shocked him: There aren't any. He made the discovery...
Same-Sex Marriage Victory: Bishops Condemn NY Law While Other Catholics Celebrate
For the U.S. bishops' conference, it's a "profoundly unjust law." But Catholic gay and lesbian couples say New York's passage of legislation to allow same-sex marriage is recognition that their families are "just like other families" across the...
Stepping into the Future
Phil Attey of Catholics for Equality told NCR (Page 10) that if New York--which is 40 percent Catholic--can pass a gay-marriage law, the issue can be passed in any heavily Catholic state. His prognostication was borne out by news from Rhode Island--where...
Summit to Spotlight 'Meat Loaf' Strategy on Abuse
Even by the fractious standards of conversation about almost anything these days, debate over the Catholic sexual abuse crisis is remarkably polarized. Defenders say the church has cleaned up its act to such an extent that it's now a model for child...
Understanding Springs from Idaho Dialogue
In this era of polarized politics and religion, one of the more contentious issues in both realms is immigration. The debate over the topic can quickly become heated and ugly, and it's the rare occasion when opposing sides listen long enough to hear...
Vatican Tries to Revive Eucharistic Adoration
VATICAN CITY. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a Corpus Christi Mass June 23 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. He used his homily to reinforce the church's teaching on Communion, saying that the transformative power of the Eucharist makes it "the food...
Vigil Calls for End to 'Gambling on Hunger'
NEW YORK. About 15 members of faith-based groups held a vigil in front of the New York Mercantile Exchange June 28, calling on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to immediately rein in speculation in food and energy markets, which they say...
Visibility Aids the Fight against Human Trafficking
Her boyfriend forced her to move with him from Mexico to Florida when she was 16 years old. He was the only one she knew there. He tried to kill her when he found out she was pregnant, and as a result, she ended up in the hospital. With no friends...
Why Are We Afraid? Civil Marriage Is for Caesar to Decide, Not the Church
If you count the sayings of Jesus in the New Testament, a phrase he uses with some regularity is "Be not afraid." He says it to the apostles in all four Gospels, and he even tells it to Paul twice in Acts, once in a personal vision, and once in the...