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. 46, No. 9, February 19

A Teaching That Is Disordered
When Cardinal Francis George of Chicago released a statement Feb. 5 discrediting New Ways Ministry, which describes itself as a "gay-positive ministry" (see story on Page 1), he was, indeed, standing on a solid foundation of church teaching, even if...
Battle Lines in the Liturgy Wars
Editor's note: This is the first of two parts exploring the long-standing "liturgy wars" and how they shape today's understanding of the Second Vatican Council It would be difficult to find two more incongruous words to utter in the same phrase...
Bishops Decry Attack on Their Social Action Chief
WASHINGTON Bishops who work with John Carr--their point man on social, justice and peace issue for 30 years--say claims made against him and the agency he heads are false and "totally ridiculous." A group called Reform CCHD Now Coalition, which...
Cardinal Rode: Religious Orders Are in Modern 'Crisis'
VATICAN CITY Cardinal Franc Rode, who is overseeing the Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious, says religious orders today are in a "crisis" caused in part by the adoption of a secularist mentality and the abandonment of traditional practices....
Challenging Globalization Head-On: Women Respond to Poverty
Mary Ann Manahan helps rural women in the Philippines build their knowledge, strength and political voice. Here she speaks of how women are creating alternatives to violence and poverty in their lives. They use strategies for change that start at the...
Changed from Within
Transformation experiences--significant and subtle, profound and superficial, good and bad--are an inherent aspect of the human condition. Transformations are clearly observable in nature as one season yields to another; natural processes are sometimes...
Chicago Cardinal Criticizes Group's Ministry to Gays
A statement issued by Chicago Cardinal Francis George about a Catholic gay ministry organization drew a fast response from its director Feb. 5. George, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, denounced the Maryland-based New...
Dedicated to Giving Hope to Young People
BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE. In a country where millions of people are without jobs, Sr. Celestine Nyoni instills a bit of hope and provides outlets for the energies of young people. After a dozen years of its economy shrinking, last year Zimbabwe saw its...
Do Catholic Chaplains Need to Be Board-Certified?
Sick patients want to be treated by the best-trained doctors and nurses available. But is that enough or do patients need pastoral care as an integral part of holistic health care? While most hospitals offer spiritual care to their patients, do patients...
Experiences of God
Have you ever had a burning bush experience? Have you ever known a moment in which you were so profoundly in touch with the presence of God that your life from then on was totally transformed by that encounter? Moses' experience of God, as shared today...
Familiar, Haunting Images
Some NCR readers might find the art works on Pages 6a and 7a familiar. They are taken from the book Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie. It was a portrait by McKenzie, "Jesus of the People," a dark-featured figure modeled on...
Forgiving Haiti's Debt Called Key to Recovery
Obstacles on Haiti's road to recovery were removed in early February as major players in the international financial system took up the cause of canceling Haiti's $890 million international debt. The most significant breakthrough came Feb. 5 when...
Got a Complaint? Chicago Catholics Want to Listen
CHICAGO The ads ask Catholics to return to their pews. But some churches in suburban Chicago want to take it a step further. They're ready to listen to complaints about the church from inactive Catholics--and prepared to apologize for any hurt the...
Healing the World through Words
It has taken years for award-winning author John J. McLaughlin, 37, to grow into being a storyteller, a calling he practices "in the service of the poor." Having the "gift of languages," McLaughlin said in a phone inter-view from his Seattle home,...
Heeding the Call of Their Founders, Women Religious Combat Racism
In 1945, when Mary Paul heard God's call to religious life, she could not enter any community of women religious in her hometown of Philadelphia, including the Sisters of Mercy. Not because her vocation was untrue, but because she was a person of color....
Historian Shines Light on US Sisters' Contributions
Marching along New York's Fifth Avenue in the 2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade, many a Sister and a Daughter of Charity heard onlookers shout: "Thank you for teaching me to read;" "Thank you for giving us our baby." "Thank you for your compassion." ...
'Human Formation' for Vulnerable Youth
BOCA CHICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Boca Chica is a has-been of a resort town along the crystal blue Caribbean. It is a place of worn-out luxury, where prostitutes ply their trade openly and children of poverty, often undocumented Haitians, are easy targets...
Liberals Dying or Hiding?
The proposition that liberal Catholicism is dying has been offered from time to time, for decades now, often in a way that reminds one of the schoolyard scuffler more interested in the fight than in any point being made. The extended period over...
Ministering to the Ministers: Organizations Take a Spiritual Focus When Serving Clergy, Religious in Mental Health Crises
Who ministers to the ministers? Where can priests and religious safely turn when they are depressed or addicted? Guest House, a 54-year-old organization headquartered in Lake Orion, Mich., specializes in treating priests, religious, deacons and...
On Annulments, Pope Warns of 'Pseudo-Pastoral Claims'
VATICAN CITY. True pastoral charity and concern can never lead the church to grant an annulment to a Catholic whose marriage is valid according to church law, Pope Benedict XVI told members of the Roman Rota, the church panel with the highest authority...
Open My Eyes to What's Important: Our State of Consciousness Gels Blurred by the Incredible Pace of Life as We Hurry through Days
Imagine you are an archbishop going for a walk in a spacious cemetery. It's a chilly Lenten day. You're weary from a long day's work, and haven't even taken time to get out of your work clothes because of yet another meeting in the evening. Soon after...
Pope Aims to 'Propose' Practices, Says Liturgist
ROME For the better part of five years, plenty of experts on Catholic liturgy have been waiting for the "real" agenda of Pope Benedict XVI, known as a traditionalist on matters of worship, to emerge from beneath a facade of patience seemingly built...
Sharing the Spirit of Francis and Clare
A giant washing machine does not immediately conjure images of international peacemaking, but it could--and it does, for four congregations of Franciscan sisters. Ten years ago, the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis did all the laundry for their 200-bed...
The Medical Care That Is Not Care
My daughter-in-law practices medicine in Denver. She tells me of an uninsured man with an incarcerated hernia who came to the emergency room in need of immediate surgery. They could not find a surgeon willing to operate on an uninsured patient. The...
Tribal People Get Own Priests
MOULOVIBAZAR, BANGLADESH The priestly ordinations of two Khasia tribal seminarians is a "historic moment" for the Bangladesh church, said the Dhaka archbishop. "A new history began for the Khasia tribe today It is a great joy for the Bangladesh...