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. 22, June 27

Activist Unmasks a Planet of Slums
Mike Davis is a veteran writer and activist who cut his progressive teeth in the 1960s civil rights and antiwar movements. Since that time, he has worked as a meat cutter, long-distance trucker and, more recently, college professor. His first book,...
A Kinder, Gentler Purgatory
A few years ago a despairing Catholic called me to ask if it was true that the church no longer believed in hell or purgatory, and that even he, about to commit suicide, would be enfolded in the forgiving arms of Jesus at the moment of death. I told...
Assessing the Liturgical Reform of Vatican II: According to Fr. Taft, Liturgical Pioneers Drew Inspiration from Russian Orthodox Emigres to France
Jesuit Fr. Robert F. Taft, an internationally acclaimed authority on the history of Eastern liturgies, has been teaching at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome for almost 40 years and also serves as a consultor for the Vatican's Congregation...
Big Topics, Few Decisions as Bishops Meet
Semiannual meetings of U.S. Catholic bishops have recently been remarkable--less for what the bishops do than for what they leave undone. A mid-June assembly in Orlando was a case in point, as bishops grappled with, but left unresolved, three big-ticket...
Black Sheep
"There is a black sheep in every flock," says Proverbs. There are few of us who don't know one, or didn't know one as a child. Every family, neighborhood or school class has one." that brother or sister, boy or girl, who is always in trouble, who is...
Bodies Displayed Raise Questions
Our cover story this week concerns the clash between science and religion. It is a conflict that has occurred repeatedly since the start of the scientific revolution, which scholars date back to approximately 1543, the year Nicolaus Copernicus published...
'Civil Rights, Peace, Care for Poor Were His Passion'
Retired Bishop Charles A. Buswell of Pueblo, Colo., who had been one of four remaining U.S. bishops to attend all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, died June 14 at the age of 94. "He was a big advocate of peace," said Deacon Jake Arellano...
Europe Adopts Common Asylum Directive
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Parliament has voted to allow rejected asylum-seekers to be detained for up to 18 months before being deported. The European Union's "returns directive," approved June 18, provides a common...
Excommunicated Lay Board Dissolves Itself, One Member Reconciles
ST. LOUIS -- Edward Florek, excommunicated in December 2005 for being part of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish's board of directors in a property dispute with Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, met privately with the archbishop June 2 and was reconciled with...
'Faithful Citizenship' in an Election Year
As the United States heads into another presidential election, talk inevitably surfaces about the "Catholic vote." It is worth recalling as discussions heat up that Catholic voters in the 2004 presidential election boosted a born-again Protestant over...
Fishhooks on a Typewriter: 'Diminished Capacity' Is a Quirky Comedy Drawing on Concerns about Aging
Diminished Capacity, a non-blockbuster, has all the outer marks of a small independent film. For many viewers, it should be a welcome relief from summer action spectaculars like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." It raises the question...
Food Crisis Needs Farmer Input, Forum Says
While record-high food prices, global trade policy and the impact of biofuels on the global agricultural industry dominated an international summit called earlier this month by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, a parallel meeting of small-scale...
Issues More Than Skin Deep: Exhibits of Dead Bodies Have Produced Vigorous Ethical Debate. Some Find Them Awe-Inspiring, Some Find Them Exploitative, Some Find Them Gross. Where Do You Come Down?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Four high school students coolly regard a man and a woman who are in more than one sense unclothed, observing the standing bodies from various points. Their comments reflect that blend of innocent curiosity and uncanny knowledge...
Legionaries Face Restrictions in Baltimore: Archbishop Insists on Transparency from Controversial Order
Insisting on greater "accountability and transparency," Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore has demanded that the Legionaries of Christ, a controversial religious order, and their associated lay movement, Regnum Christi, provide a complete accounting...
Protest Follows Catholic Peace Award
Protests followed in El Salvador and among Salvadoran support organizations in the United States after the president of El Salvador received a peace medallion from a foundation run by the Vatican's apostolic nuncio at the United Nations. The 2008...
Theologians Contemplate the Generational Divide
In his acclaimed 1972 book Bare Ruined Choirs, historian Garry Wills described the pervasive Catholic subculture in which he grew up in 1940s-era Adrian, Mich.: Girls without hats hair-pinned Kleenex to their heads ... Scapulars like big...
Torture and Politics: The Guantanamo Military Trials Underway Are Deeply Flawed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The United States has begun prosecuting accused terrorists at Guantanamo in special military trials. These special trials are far less fair than regular U.S. federal criminal prosecutions. Torture and politics are the reasons...
Why El Salvador Matters
In 1981, only weeks into the first term of Ronald Reagan, Secretary of State Alexander Haig addressed the president's obsession with fighting communism by assuring Reagan that El Salvador is "one we can win." Nearly 30 years later, as El Salvador...
Women Priest Carry on despite Vatican
Despite a recent decree that reiterates the official Vatican stance that women cannot be ordained and that those who attempt it are automatically excommunicated, women continue to step forward for ordination. Three women are to be ordained to the...