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. 45, No. 22, August 21

Authentic Holiness
The following Sunday commentaries by Patricia Datchuck Sanchez appear in full in Celebration, the worship and homiletic resource of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company, To receive a full copy of the May 2009 issue in PDF format, go to...
Babysitting 'Pale Pinto'
Foxtrot Seven brooded in its concrete silence near a grove of cedar trees perched on a glade overlooking a tiny stream. On a bright October day, the glade was colorfully spotted with wildflowers--goldenrod, morning glory and mullein. I lay in the breeze-nudged...
Baltimore's O'Brien Draws Respect across Party Lines
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bishops can be classified lots of ways, from the canonical (coadjutor, auxiliary, etc.) to the political (liberal, moderate or conservative). For those inclined to creativity, however, here's a novel bit of taxonomy: The "Only...
Catholics and the 'Neighborly Economy'
The "Great Recession," we are told, is over. We pray this is true. Walter Brueggemann (see Page 1) forcefully reminds us, however, that there will be a reckoning; that a failure to learn the lessons of this economic crisis will have severe consequences...
Celebration Holds First Annual Conference on Effective Worship
Editors, unlike reporters, don't get out of the office much. So the first annual Celebration Conference on Effective Liturgy, held July 30-31 in Cincinnati, marked a real shift of gears for me--as anyone who spends his days on the phone or in front...
Church Stakes Are High in Health Care Reform
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WASHINGTON * For decades the U.S. Catholic church has pressed for major reform of the nation's health care system. Now that such reform appears near reality, the church has high stakes in what shape it takes. Universal...
Conservative Religious Women Continue to Shape Republican Politics
In all the commentary about the now former governor of Alaska, some of it comic, much of it trivial, a basic fact has been overlooked: Sarah Palin has come to represent a vital and vibrant constituency in the Republican Party --religious women--and...
Episcopalians Forge Uncertain Future: Bold Step for Inclusion of Gays and Lesbians Sets Benchmark for All Churches
The Episcopal General Convention last month bit the bullet. By a two-thirds majority, it officially admitted gays and lesbians to the office of bishop and approved the blessing of same-sex couples. Was it the wave of the future or beginning of the...
Franciscan Friars Find Holy Ground Every Step of Pilgrimage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WASHINGTON * Their pilgrimage destination was Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery in Washington--popularly known to Catholics as the Little Holy Land--but along the way six Franciscan friars from Chicago found that every...
From Biblical Narrative to Economic Policy
The following is an abridged version of a talk given July 30 in Cincinnati at the Celebration Conference on Effective Liturgy. In the Bible Israel always has the hard work of transposing its treasured narrative memory into contemporary practice....
Health Care Debate Poisoned
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] William Kostric showed up at President Obama's health care-focused town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11 carrying a loaded gun and a sign that read, "It is time to water the tree of liberty." Kostric, speaking later...
Immigrant Detention to Be Revamped
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer detain families at a much-criticized former medium-security prison in Texas and will take other steps to make immigrant detention more appropriate for the noncriminals the agency currently holds in...
Keating Recalls Service on Review Board
WASHINGTON * When Frank Keating, then the Republican governor of Oklahoma, agreed in 2002 to serve as the first chair of the board established by the U.S. bishops to investigate clergy sex abuse, he was admittedly naive. "I couldn't imagine that something...
Microcredit Lending: An Alternative to Payday Loans for the Working Poor
Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering the use of microcredit lending--the making of very small loans with low interest rates--to help the poor step out of poverty. With a 98 percent...
New Encyclical Critiques the World's Market Economy
Pope Benedict XVI's new social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate ("Charity in Truth"), is in the tradition of previous social encyclicals, going back more than a century to Pope Leo XIII's landmark Rerum Novarum ("Of New Things"), published in 1891....
Of Journeys and Destinations
Tom Fox, whom you normally read in this space, took a few days off, so I'm filling in. Which doesn't mean he is absent from this paper. Since the news of the dual investigations of American women religious communities broke earlier this year, Tom has...
Retiring Cardinal Looks Back on Growth of Thai Church
Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu was set to stand down Aug. 16 as administrator of the Bangkok archdiocese after 37 years at the helm of the church in Thailand. The first cardinal of Thailand, who turned 80 on Jan. 24, has been a priest for almost...
Seeing beyond Appearances
SEPT. 6, 2009, TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Is 35:4-7; Ps 146; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37 In April, during the first-round competition of "Britain's Got Talent," a self-admittedly "frumpy" 47-year-old woman took the stage before a panel of...
Swiss Ask Pope for Climate-Change Prayer
Villagers in southern Switzerland will ask Pope Benedict XVI for permission to alter a centuries-old prayer, in response to the effects of climate change. Since 1678, the residents of Fieschertal and Fiesch have prayed that God keep the Great Aletsch...
Vocations to U.S. Religious Communities Few but Passionate
U.S. Catholic religious communities are attracting more ethnically and culturally diverse members now than in previous generations, according to an in-depth survey of 4,000 men and women who are in formation or are newly vowed members. The "Study...
Voting with Your Fork: There Are Good Reasons for Buying Organic and Local
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The debate over organic versus conventionally grown food will never end. The latest salvo comes from Dr. Alan Dangour, a public health nutritionist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reported recently in...
Women Religious Leadership Meets in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS * Facing two Vatican investigations, some 800 women religious leaders from throughout the country gathered here Aug. 11-14 to discuss their congregations' uncertain futures. Many women, in informal conversations, spoke of their determination...
Zero Gravity, Where God Was Waiting
Aug. 5 was the 42nd anniversary of my entering the religious community of the Daughters of St. Paul. My religious journey really began on July 4, 1967, right after lunch, at the Del Mar County Fair in San Diego. It seems funny, I know, to be able...