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. 48, No. 6, January 6

2011's Person of the Year
The year 2011 offered the Catholic world a number of big news stories: the implosion of the church in Ireland; the first indictments of Catholic leaders, including a bishop, in the tragic clergy sex abuse saga; the initiation of reform movements by...
A Checkup in Rome for the American Bishops
An ad limina visit, the trip Catholic bishops are required to make every five years to Rome, is a bit like a routine physical. It might flag a serious problem, but usually it's just a checkup covering a wide variety of aches, pains, and ups and downs....
Actor's Play Exposes Irish Hell
The middle-aged man entering the waiting room with a bulging manila folder looks anxious. In his sage-colored pants and jacket, white shirt with no tie, he appears as bland as the room, which is empty but for a straight chair and a sign with an arrow...
Ad from Victims, Priests Calls for Accountability
A highly unusual alliance of priests, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, and advocates for abuse victims composed and signed a full-page ad that appeared Dec. 27 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel encouraging "victim/survivors" to come forward in advance...
Ads Aim to Extend Catholic Welcomes
With Christmas comes a flood of holiday favorites to the TV--there's Rudolph, George Bailey, Scrooge and Charlie Brown, and a sleigh-load of hol-iday-themed movies and shows. Among the flurry of classic Christmas staples this season, viewers may have...
A Message and a Missiology
Inherent to the life and growth of all believers is our awareness of the constant need for repentance. We repent daily and are thereby converted to Christ and the Gospel. Through our willingness to accept repentance and conversion as our graced lifestyle,...
A Pure Gift in God's Image: After Four Weeks of Prayer and Anxiety, a Family and a Parish Welcome a New Member with Hugs, Smiles and Applause
The St. James Parish community in Kansas City, Mo., heard the word at Sunday Mass: Mimi Harman, an expectant mother in the parish, had undergone an emergency Caesarean to deliver her baby over the weekend. Hours after attending a parish retreat, Mimi...
A Silver Anniversary Message for the Economy
VIEWPOINT Twenty-five years ago, 33 million Americans--including one out of every four children--were poor. About 7 percent of workers were unemployed. And approximately 28 percent of the nation's wealth was held by the richest 2 percent of the...
Cardinal Bernardin: Seeing Things Whole
The score of W for a response to the inkblot land masses and archipelagos on any Rorschach test card indicates that the person can integrate the scattered blotches into a meaningful whole. This contrasts with viewers who receive a Dd score for focusing...
Cardinal's Comparison Is Nonsensical
Whether Chicago's Cardinal Francis George went into a Dec. 21 television interview intending to compare the gay community with the Ku Klux Klan or impulsively gave voice to something that popped into his mind at the moment, it is clear that he welcomed...
Catholic DVD on Marriage Not a Lobbying Effort, Campaign Board Rules
ST. PAUL, MINN. * Minnesota's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has dismissed a complaint stemming from a DVD on marriage mailed to 400,000 Catholics in the state by the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese in September 2010. The complainant,...
Catholic Politicians' Capital Punishment Conundrum
Judging by many Catholic public officials' record on capital punishment, you would think that Catholicism has no problem with injecting lethal chemicals into the veins of human beings. Just this fall, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia erroneously...
Catholics Silent in Iowa Caucus Hype: Despite Low Profile, Catholic Activists Say They'll Play Role in GOP Choice
DES MOINES, IOWA * Religion has had an extraordinary presence in the buildup to the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, but Catholics have been distinguished by their silence. "It's part of the Catholic culture," said Deacon Dan McGuire,...
Dennis Coday Named NCR Editor
Dennis Coday, 50, National Catholic Reporter managing editor since July 2010, has been named the publication's new editor. In that position he will be responsible for the content of NCR's print and electronic editions. Making the announcement, publisher...
Everyone Needs an Eli
Two weeks into the new year, the sacred texts alert us yet again to the fact that we do not create our own lives or futures, regardless of our penchant for planning and organization. We are called into being, called to serve and called into the unknown...
Everything I'd Ever Need to Know about God
SOUL SEEING "Even though you get the words right doesn't mean you get your life right." That's Leach's Law No. 27 of Religious Book Publishing. I mentioned it to my friend and author Jack Shea once and he said, "Especially if you get the words right!"...
'Food Becomes Everything': While Taking in Refugees, Kenya Has Its Own Challenges of Hunger and Climate Change
NAIROBI, KENYA * The trek Somalis fleeing famine take into neighboring Kenya is sometimes called the road of death, because it is marked by mounds of soil where the fallen, many of them children, are buried. Along the way, mothers often have to...
Illinois Bishops, Governor Meet, Discuss Conscience
CHICAGO * Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and nine of the state's bishops remain at least on talking terms but far unclear who called for the meeting, from agreement on many things after a mid-December meeting to discuss Catholic conscience. It is still Quinn...
New California Law Targets Global Child Labor, Slavery
Religious advocates of responsible investment are praising a new California law for making it tougher for major corporations to profit from child labor or human slavery around the world in the supply chain of their products. The state's Transparency...
Paying Tribute to a Great Czech: Vaclav Havel's Catholic Ties Included Friends and Fellow Freethinkers
A party was under way at the apartment on Prague's Engels Embankment. The brother of playwright Vaclav Havel had just got married, and his friends had come back to celebrate, under the watchful eyes of the StB secret police. It was May 1988, and...
Pressure on Dutch Church after Report
Two leading politicians in the Netherlands, both from conservative parties, have called for the resignations of Catholic bishops in the wake of a damning report on sexual abuse in the Dutch church. The country's prime minister, Mark Rutte, also...
Priest Recruitment Drive Took Toughness
WORCESTER, MASS. * Jesuit Fr. John E. Brooks paused, his fork temporarily suspended above his apple crumble. The 88-year-old Holy Cross president emeritus, his West Roxbury accent clear and direct, told NCR during lunch in the Hogan Campus Center,...
Real Security Begins When We Heed the God of Peace
In late October at the Pantex nuclear weapons plant near Amarillo, Texas, the United States dismantled its last B53 bomb. There was no fanfare and little publicity. Some people were probably sad to see it go. Some reports called the B53 "the most...
Recession Brings Drop in Parish Incomes, Growth in Needs
WASHINGTON * More than half of U.S. Catholic parishes surveyed in late 2010 said the nationwide financial crisis has sparked a growth in requests for financial assistance and pastoral counseling while parishes struggle with falling incomes caused by...
Report Shows 2011 Drop in Executions: Declines Also Seen in Capital Sentences, Support for Death Penalty
In its annual year-end study, the Death Penalty Information Center reported death sentences and executions in the United States were down in 2011, and support for capital punishment continues to drop steadily. The Dec. 15 report showed the number...
Retail Politics Not What They Once Were in NH
MANCHESTER, N.H. * The old, redbrick mills of Manchester line the entire eastern bank of the Merrimack River, but no textiles or shoes are made there these days. Now, technology companies, Jillian's Billiards Club, Milly's Tavern, and the local campus...
Studies Show Catholic Trends in Marriage Mirror Society's
WASHINGTON * With cohabitation, single-person households and single parenthood on the rise, the percentage of Americans who are currently married has reached an all-time low. A new report from the Pew Research Center analyzing Census Bureau data...
The Rise of the 99 Percent: Social Justice Groups See Unexpected Upsurge in Allies
Long before it was a rallying cry, Catholic social justice groups were pointing fingers at the 1 percent. In fact, just last May, the Washington, D.C.-based Catholic lobbying group NETWORK launched a new "Mind the Gap" program to address the growing...
Top News of 2011: The Gathering Consensus for Reform
VIEWPOINT One of the most interesting news stories of 2011 was the increasing number of countries in which Catholic priests have issued statements urging radical church reform. In most cases the declaration included a call for the ordination of...
TV Writer Finds Peace in Catholic Faith
Siobhan Byrne O'Connor enjoys her i life as wife to Daniel O 'Connor and mother of their three children, ages 12, 8 and 6. "My children and my family are my greatest joy," she said. "I have a terrific husband and so I feel like I've won some cosmic...