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. 42, No. 1, October 21

35 Years of University Peace Studies Bear Fruit
More than 300 colleges and universities in the United States now offer courses in peace, conflict and nonviolence studies. Although peace studies programs vary, depending upon the staff and focus of individual colleges and universities, all can contribute...
American Catholics Asked to Help End Senseless Deaths of Children Affected by Contaminated Water
Poverty kills. Just ask Jocelyn Joachins. One moment, her daughter Natacha was like any other baby--giggling and playful and a symbol of hope. The next, she was gone--the victim of a contaminated water supply. It was a painful death for the baby and...
A Soldier's Magnificat: Up against the Contradiction between His Prayers and His Duties
A couple months after returning from Iraq, a fellow soldier, then taking six medications for posttraumatic stress disorder, knelt in a toilet stall while I heard his confession in an Army latrine. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I have never...
At Age 74, Missionary Sister Still Fights Tirelessly to Help the Poor
One night, during a torrential storm, Sr. Joan Clare and the other sisters of the Missionaries of the Poor Sisters were praying for guidance from God when there was a knock at the door. As the door opened with a rush of wind and rain, a painfully thin...
Bishop Named to Review Board of Army School
Madison, Wis., Bishop Robert Morlino's decision to join the advisory board of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation is a "scandal" and a "betrayal to martyrs" such as Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, says a Maryknoll priest who...
Bishops and the Beached Whale: They Wait for Signal from New Pope, but Bishops Need to Let Hierarchical Style Die
"Edgartown, Mass., Jan. 17--Performing an autopsy is probably never a pleasant chore, but when the subject is a 55-foot whale on a winter beach in a biting northeast wind, it is even less like fun." --The New York Times, Jan. 18 "If another pope...
Catholic Singles Seek Their Match Online; Hopeful Romantics Find Love (Sometimes) When They Turn to Catholic Dating Sites
Judy Conti, of Alexandria, Va., is a pro-life Democrat and a lawyer who runs a nonprofit organization advocating for low-wage workers. Frustrated with the Washington-area dating scene, she was definitely ready for marriage in 2002 when she considered...
Content of L.A. Report on Clergy Abuse Disputed
The 155-page report describing decades of clergy sexual abuse in Los Angeles is a just-the-facts account of an institution slowly coming to grips with a horrendous problem, according to archdiocesan officials. Not so, say victim advocates and their...
Cross International Successfully Applies Its Church-Based Method of Helping the Poor to Bring Relief to Recent Hurricane Victims in U.S
The recent hurricane strikes in the Gulf Coast have proven that Cross International Catholic Outreach's approach of helping needy people through a church-based method of distribution is as effective in the U.S. as it is overseas. While the relief...
Diverse Concerns Evident at Synod: Final Propositions Likely to Exclude Contentious Eucharistic Issues
Under the best of circumstances, it's a difficult balancing act to govern a church of 1.1 billion members present in every nook and cranny of the planet. The 21st Synod of Bishops in Rome has underscored just how difficult it can be to find consensus...
Envy
Editor's note: Here's the first "variations on a theme" feature in which we ask readers to respond to a topic based on their personal experience. Thanks to all who wrote in. I was once envious of Clayboy, the guy who sells "authentic Hawaiian shaved...
Honing Nonviolence as a Political Weapon
When Gene Sharp was attending high school in Ohio, World War II was just finishing, Stalin was in control of the Soviet Union, colonialism was strong, and nuclear weapons were new. Even as a teenager, Sharp was aware of the world's big problems and...
Immigrant Women Share Their Fears and Hopes
In a workshop for Mexican immigrant women, Aracaely Hernandez wrote, "I don't have any small fears." For Ms. Hernandez, a Juarez native, a small fear would be welcome, given everything else she has had to face. Her son was born with a congenital...
Intelligent Design Theory Belongs in the Science Classroom
Although a frequent critic of President Bush, I think he as correct to say that intelligent design theory deserves a mention in science classrooms alongside Darwinian evolution. Intelligent design theory is not based on the Bible or any other scripture....
In the Company of My Muslim Sisters
When I was serving as a campus minister, it was my firm belief that our young people need us to teach new ways of dialoguing with those who hold different or opposing views, not how to bomb or invade them. So when some of my college students began...
Lawsuits over Intelligent Design and Evolution Pose a Democratic Dilemma
Democratic politics are good for many things, but they are not good for determining truth. Truth, real truth, floats like an elusive many-hued goddess beyond crude partisan grasp. Politics does better with practical alternatives, with workable compromises,...
Looking for Wise Moves toward Iraq and Iran
The October vote on Iraq's constitution will have taken place by the time this column is published, but events in Iraq and in this country make it clear that no matter the outcome of that vote or the vote in the Iraqi elections in December the support...
Lyrical Stories of Poverty: Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' Is Brought to the Screen; 'The Weeping Meadow' Chronicles a Painful Time in Greek History
Oliver Twist is early Dickens. Comic exaggerations are often too wordy in these works, yet they retain emotional power as a strong attack on society's widespread indifference to poverty. Charles Dickens knew about injustice to the poor from his own...
Newswriters Hear Views on New Pope, Gays in Seminaries
Last week, I was in Miami to take part in a panel about the new pontificate of Benedict XVI at the annual convention of the Religion Newswriters Association. The association brings together religion reporters for major American secular papers and broadcast...
No Ban on Gays Expected in Vatican Document
A forthcoming Vatican document on homosexuals in seminaries will not demand an absolute ban, a senior Vatican official told NCR Oct. 7, but will insist that seminary officials exercise "prudential judgment" that gay candidates should not be admitted...
No Broken Bones, Only Shattered Reality
War in the Balkans is different from its more civilized form in the West. There, no rational explanation for the war exists, nor is it expected--it is genetic. I say that it is genetic because it feels as if the moment you are born, you already know...
Nonviolence: Most Adaptive Response to Terrorism
To talk of a nonviolent response to terrorism might seem absurd. The global war on terror has become what experts call a "hot conflict"--that season of warfare when the killings take on their own perverse momentum. Last summer, during three weeks in...
No Place for a Bishop
Madison, Wis., Bishop Robert Morlino's acceptance of the Pentagon's invitation to join the advisory board of the infamous School of the Americas (SOA) successor military training facility is, at best, ill-considered (see related story on Page 3). At...
Not Just a Gourmet Academic Item: Getting Peace Studies into High Schools Is an Uphill Battle
Those who value the study of pacifism and nonviolence have found colleges and universities to be the most receptive to course proposals and the funding of degree programs. Though still small and often kept to the academic margins compared with a school's...
One-Time Catholic Columnist Now Pioneer for Gays in Workplace
It is the end of the workday at a Manhattan-based corporation, and nearly 100 senior-level investment bankers and managers drift into a posh meeting room for an after-hours presentation. Hints of trepidation and curiosity fill the air as well-dressed...
Peace and a 'Christian' Nation
Peace is at the heart of our sacred texts. Jesus speaks of it constantly and gives us a vision of peace, among individuals and among peoples, that is radically different from anything that went before. It is a peace that anticipates the unearned forgiveness...
Plight of Lifers Needs Attention
A series of articles in The New York Times examining the fate of those sentenced to life in prison makes for sad if compelling reading. There are now 132,000 people in the United States serving a life sentence, and for all but a tiny few the opportunities...
Sexual Hypocrisy from the Vatican
The Vatican has decided how to deal with its sexual problems. It will sit in judgment on gay seminarians. It won't ban all of them from the priesthood, just those who are "out"--who dare to identify with the gay community; who have had sex as long...
The Rundown on Catholic Dating Sites
Ave Maria Singles (www.avemariasingles.com) About 5,000 active members plus 700 on the six-month-old Spanish-language version of the site (www.solterosdelavemaria.com). Cost: $99 for lifetime standard membership (includes "Ask Father" and...
U.S. Catholics "Key" to Positive Changes in Haiti
After visiting the desperately poor in the Haitian village of Thomonde, Msgr. Michael Flanagan has dedicated himself to rallying support in America for their urgent needs. Msgr. Flanagan believes that he and other Americans can play a key role in...
With War's Traces in His Soul, He Still Hopes for Peace
Why am I in this class? I asked this all the way back to the dorm from class. I was shaking like a leaf, ready to break down and cry, full of pain, but also rage. I had such mixed feelings. I did not want to go back with those kids who knew little...