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. 38, No. 25, April 26

Action Challenges War Addiction; in Word and Deed, Christians Owe Allegiance to the Peacemaking Jesus. (Paths to Peace Action)
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, several hundred people of faith and conscience gathered in New York City for a weekend of prayer and discussion about the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan, the U.S. sanctions on Iraq, the U.S.-funded occupation...
Becoming a True Peace Church: To Be a Sign of Christ, U.S. Catholics Must Learn to Resist Militarism. (Paths to Peace Christianity)
Twenty years ago, as the U.S. Catholic bishops were preparing to issue "The Challenge of Peace," their pastoral letter on war and peace, there was much talk about the Catholic church becoming a genuine "peace church." This title had customarily...
Blueprint for Society of Nonviolence Human Dignity: U.N. Program Seeks to Foster Culture of Peace. (Paths to Peace Culture)
Living in a war culture, with a $350 billion annual military budget -- larger than the next 15 nations combined -- Americans may lose a sense of what a peace culture may look like. For that reason, the U.N. Decade for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence...
Bringing Pacifism to Schools: Children Must Be Educated in Nonviolence, `the Weapon of the Strong'. (Paths to Peace Education)
Editor's note: Colman McCarthy, former columnist for The Washington Post, is a pioneer in the field of peace education. He has developed and taught courses on nonviolence at the high school and college level since 1982 and is the co-founder of the...
Building a Future of Hope: In War-Torn Communities, Reconciliation Is the Foundation of Lasting Peace. (Paths to Peace Forgiveness)
After Sept. 11, forgiveness took a beating. It was the "`f' word," according to one expert on the subject. Yet that disdain was deceptive and fleeting. Forgiveness and reconciliation, once just the stuff of good homilies, are attracting the attention...
Concern Rises as Crisis Grows; Fallout from Clergy Sex Abuse of Minors Rocks Dioceses across the Country. (Cover Story)
At the end of a week of meetings with John Paul II in Rome in early April, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, Ill., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that the pope assured him of his willingness and desire to assist the...
Conditions Deteriorate under Bethlehem Siege; Food, Water Dwindling at Church; City under Curfew. (World)
Conditions inside the besieged Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem are growing increasingly desperate, sources inside and outside the church report. Going into its third week, the standoff between the Israeli Defense Force and the 250 Palestinians...
Congregation Blasts Liturgical Translation. (World)
In the latest crackdown on liturgical translation in English, the Vatican has rejected a proposed book of prayers for the Mass, blasting it as embodying the ethos of "consumerist societies." In a strongly worded seven-page set of observations obtained...
Courage Needed for Complex, Painful Cure
The Catholic family is hurting as never before. It is facing two crises: the sex abuse scandal and a leadership meltdown. Catholics everywhere are looking for accountability. Accountability is essential. People want answers. They are also looking for...
Don't Expect Change at Meeting, Some Say. (Cover Story)
Nothing short of the bishops donning sackcloth and ashes in a public display of repentance for sex abuse by priests will satisfy some critics. However, those expecting the U.S. bishops to make significant changes at their spring meeting are probably...
Finding Inner Peace through Window of Hope. (Paths to Peace Spirituality)
By the time I reached the door of the monastery in Berryville, Va., it had been years since I had spent a summer in jail for possession of heroin. I had survived three rapes and one abortion. I had become a good mother to my daughter, an author and...
From Church's Suffering, Healing Can Begin. (Column)
As an adult, I became a Catholic and then embarked upon the study of theology. My conversion as a response to the actions of God within me, calling me out of my former Protestant faith and my former life as an attorney and into a new life as a Catholic...
From the Family to the World. (Paths to Peace Family)
"I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed.... It is cold, and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food: No one knows where they are -- perhaps...
Holding Each Other and Healing. (Starting Point)
Some years back I read a short story. I cannot recall the title or the author. It was about a couple whose only daughter was killed in a car accident. As the story begins, you soon realize that there has been a tragic death and that a considerable...
How Serbian Students Brought Dictator Down without a Shot Fired. (Paths to Peace Resistance)
As President Bush moves to widen the war against terrorism, he has warned the governments of Iraq, Iran and North Korea not to make weapons of mass destruction available to terrorists -- or else, he implies, American military action against them is...
How the Spirit Works. (Letters)
* It was a little more than a year ago that Cardinal Bernard Law barred a 5-year-old girl, suffering from celiac disease, from making her first Communion. It is interesting to see how the Spirit works. CHRISTOPHER F. MASTERS Atherton Calif. * The...
Inside NCR. (Openers)
Some weeks back, I wrote that I found it distressing that I was unable to point out to my 17-year-old son a single example of a bishop who had acted with courage on the sex abuse scandal before the headlines hit. A friend wrote from California that...
Kenyan Women Lead Peace Effort; Community Learns `Peace Is Sweet' When People Mobilize to Reduce Violence, Retaliation. (Paths to Peace Community)
It was mid-August. I had finished a master's course in peace and conflict studies in Northern Ireland and was heading to Wajir, a district in northeast Kenya, on the border of Somalia. The State Department warned that the area was drought-stricken...
Listening to Survivors Sets Direction of Diocese's Ministry. (Cover Story)
As the sex abuse scandal continues to upend church life in the United States, at least one bishop has earned respect and even praise from survivors of abuse for listening to them and for establishing a strong ministry on their behalf. Listening...
New Groups Push for Change: `The Underlying Disease Is Absolute Power'. (Cover Story)
It was impossible to avoid the humor, despite the serious discussion, when about 400 Catholics, members of two lay organizations that have formed in the wake of the sex abuse scandal here, gathered to discuss reforms they would like to see in the church....
Peace Literature, from Ackerman to Zinn. (Paths to Peace)
The literature of peace is vast. Every home should have a peace library. Every person should be reading a peace book. The following is a sampling of the literature. The list is well short of comprehensive, and represents only a small percentage of...
Peacemakers Buck War's Strong Headwinds. (Paths to Peace Introduction)
Peace. We wish it to each other. We pray for it. It lies at the core of our deepest human and religious yearnings. But how do we make it happen? No easy programs or magic answers exist. That's clear at the outset. It also is clear, however,...
Peace on Film. (Paths to Peace)
If war films tell the story of state-sanctioned killing, peace films recount the efforts of individuals and groups who believe that conflicts can be settled bloodlessly through moral force, truth force, resistance force, education force and spiritual...
Priesthood Lives; Clerical State Is Dead. (Opinion)
Catholics are stricken at the unending revelations of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. The headlines are large even when the numbers involved are relatively small. Still, a grief unnamed cannot be observed. It can only burn with its own fierce...
Protecting Life `from Womb to Tomb'. (Paths to Peace Ethic of Life)
No organization offers a broader, more inclusive definition of peace work than the Seamless Garment Network. Established in the late '80s, this loose coalition embraces individuals and organizations with diverse political and religious affiliations....
Storefront Faith Thrives as Churches Close Down: Racism Stymied Catholic Evangelization, but Some Blacks Forgive, Join the Table. (Column)
If you live on the 28th floor of a Chicago condominium, it is easier to get an annulment than to dispose of a used refrigerator. Charities will come, but often only after noon in years Haley's comet is in the sky and not above the third floor. The...
Vatican May Simplify Annulment Rules. (World)
A new Vatican document, now in the working stages, could nudge the American Catholic church to a more rigorous approach to annulments. It will contain new rules for church courts that handle requests for declaring a marriage invalid. Sources say...