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. 23, September 2

Activist Finds Faith through Service
By UCA NEWS HONG KONG * It has been a long and winding road that has taken Ho Hei-wah from his wealthy upbringing to a position as one of Hong Kong's most dedicated social activists, and ultimately to a life of devout Catholicism. Ho describes...
American Politics More Religious Than American Voters
WASHINGTON * Has Americagotten more religious, or just American politics? The country has grown less religious since the 1970s, while frequent churchgoers are now much more likely to vote Republican or support the tea party, according to recent...
Art History Is Integral to Catholic Education
The church's role and support of the arts throughout the development of Western civilization cannot be underestimated. With that in mind, I stress the importance of art history as part of the curriculum of Catholic high schools. The Roman Catholic...
Bourgeois Supporters Press Maryknoll
A mid-August gathering of activists calling attention to the pending removal of Fr. Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers was not allowed onto the grounds of the order's New York headquarters because the campus was closed for "private...
Catholic Defense of Unions Continues to Resonate
One hundred and twenty-nine years ago this Sept. 5, the first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City, according to the Department of Labor's Web site. One hundred and twenty years ago, Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum, the preeminent encyclical...
Conference Series to Address Sexual Diversity
Four universities in the New York City area will collaborate this fall on a conference series to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the Roman Catholic church, looking at the spiritual, pastoral and legal aspects of sexual diversity....
Document Dump Doesn't Stop Wrangling in Abuse Case
When the Vatican released documents in mid-August related to the case of Fr. Andrew Ronan, a Servite priest who was laicized in 1966 and died in 1992 and who now figures in a sex abuse lawsuit in Oregon, it amounted to a historic turn: the first time...
Dominican to Produce Braille Books for Government Schools
BULAWAYO, ZIPSABWE * Few institutions have been harder hit by the political and economic morass that Zimbabwe has descended into over the last decade than the country's education system. Therefore a $70 million grant from UNICEF to resupply Zimbabwe...
Dublin Archdiocese on Brink of Financial Collapse
DUBLIN, IRELAND * The Dublin archdiocese is on the brink of financial collapse because of payouts to victims of clergy sexual abuse, according to an internal report. The report--prepared by the diocesan Council of Priests and obtained by The Irish...
How Many Times?
SEPTEMBER 11, 2011, TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Sir 27:30-28:9; Ps 103; Rom 14:7-9a; Mt 18:21-35 How many times? The following Sunday commentaries appear in full in Celebration, the worship and homiletic resource of the National...
In Tough Times, Remember Values of 'The Commons'
"I can't pay the rent. I'm back on the streets tomorrow cuz they cut $40 bucks off my check ... Hey, they took my psych meds, they cut me off MediCal, and now I heard that checks won't be sent next month ..." Times are tough and that is the "street...
Jovenes and the Church: Fe Y Vida Works to Nuture Ministry among Young Latinos
The theme song of the TV show "Cheers" explains how sometimes people want to be in a place where "our troubles are all the same," a place "where everybody knows your name." It's about going to a place where you feel comfortable and can share similar...
Labor Finds a Place on the Lord's Day
With the unemployment rate at 9.1 percent, an economy in the doldrums, fights over collective bargaining rights, state's budget problems and immigration enforcement laws, preachers are finding ample themes for their sermons on Labor Day weekend this...
Malta's Loss Will Be University's Gain
This month, a familiar face will be back at the lectern at Pepperdine University: Douglas Kmiec, who resigned as ambassador to Malta in May, returns to the West Coast law school this autumn. In May, a critical internal State Department review asserted...
Mary's Pence: Fund Focuses on Empowering Women for Social Change
In downtown Asheville, N.C., across the street from the unemployment office, a couple of blocks away from the social services agency and less than a mile from the county jail, there is an old yellow house where everyone is welcome. By day it is a shelter...
Merit or Grace?
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011, TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Is 55:6-9; Ps 145; Phil 1:20-24, 21; Mt 20:1-16 Many of us have come away reeling from the message of last Sunday's sacred texts. Forgiveness without limit and forgiveness from the heart...
Pope Ignores His Critics in Spain
Resisting the temptation to fire back at one's critics is perhaps the most demanding discipline for any public figure to master. Judging by his recent performance in Spain, however, Pope Benedict XVI has it down cold. At the outset of his Aug. 18-21...
Religion at Heart of Questions over Hospital Merger
The questions began in June, almost immediately after the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky announced a three-way merger that would bring it under the umbrella of a Catholic health system. If the hospital is to follow Catholic directives...
Resigned Bishop Tells TV Reporter He's Sorry
By NCR STAFF Six weeks after the release of a government report that found he had not complied with church rules for handling sexual abuse by clergy and had misled civil authorities' inquiries into abuse cases, Bishop John Magee, retired bishop...
Retreat from Theology's Frontiers
We report in this issue that the Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog department, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has sharpened its focus on the way theology is being conducted in our church today. The purpose of the congregation is to uphold...
Sabbatical in Africa Leads to World of Microloans
ST. LOUIS * Antoinette "Toni" Temporiti had a fulfilling life as a member of the Most Precious Blood Sisters of O'Falion, Mo., and as a psychotherapist who counseled victims of sexual abuse. But the weight of the painful stories she heard every...
Setback to Church in Adoption Fight
The Catholic church has no "recognized legal right" to a contract with the state, a judge said in ruling that Illinois officials can legally cancel contracts with Catholic Charities over the church agency's refusal to place adoptive children with same-sex...
Sports Films and Faith: Being in the 'Zone' Can Be a Transcendent Experience
Sports films are the timeless cinematict metaphor for life. I think it is a fair question to ask which of them made you cry the most? Was it "Rudy"? "Field of Dreams"? "Brian's Song"? For me it's David Anspaugh's 1986 "Hoosiers." Some new releases,...
States Scramble to Find Prison Chaplains after Cuts
RALEIGH, N.C. * Since North Carolina's legislature laid off most of its prison chaplains in June, Betty Brown, director of prison chaplaincy services, has been crisscrossing the state searching for volunteers who can attend to the religious needs of...
Ten Years to Ponder Our Losses
In the autumn of 2001, with the ghastly images of jetliner terror still fresh in the mind and the national urge to do something and get somebody building to crescendo, NCR published three issues focused on three distinct but related questions. We...
The Church Is a Communion of Local Churches
The late Cardinal John Dearden, archbishop of Detroit, noted at the University of Notre Dame some years ago that many of the bishops appointed after the Second Vatican Council never had the opportunity of experiencing the transforming effect of Vatican...
Vatican Pressures Theology Journal
In a move some theologians say undermines the credibility of the leading English-language Catholic theological journal, the Vatican has pressured it to publish a scholarly essay on marriage, unedited and without undergoing normal peer review. The...
Vocation Program Targets 'Emerging Adults'
CHKAGO * A new approach to the vocation shortage, called Catholics on Call, has been underway at Catholic Theological Union here for the past six years. Young people of college or post-college age are recruited for a five-day conference, during which...
Voice for Women: Indian Activist Leaves Bishops Behind, but Carries on Work for Oppressed
Mumbai, India, native Virginia Saldanha, 63, had completed one year of university and four years as a corporate secretary when she got married at age 22. By the time she turned 28, she had three children and had become a widow. "The experience of being...
Work for Weavers
Organization name: Awamaki Project: Awamaki Weaving Project Location: Patacancha Valley, Peru The women: 55 weavers,15 knitters, three seamstresses and two instructors from Quechua communities in Patacancha and Kelkanka, Peru Mary's Pence...
World Youth Day, below the Stage
MADRID, SPAIN * We were only a few hours into the evening vigil and already we had survived the 100-degree Spanish of heat, a lightning storm and torrential rains. It was finally midnight and I slid my rain-drenched body into my sleeping bag, flicked...