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. 40, No. 3, November 7

Betrayal of Trust: A Former Intelligence Officer Looks at How the U.S. Was Misled into Supporting a Preemptive War
To an intelligence analyst, Saddam's strategy prior to the second Gulf war was extremely puzzling. It now appears that he destroyed Iraq's nuclear capabilities in the 1990s and maintained only an embryonic chemical and biological weapons program. While...
Bishop Brings Reason to Issue of Gay Benefits
The latest skirmish in the culture wars--what rights, if any, government should recognize for committed gay partners--shows no signs of abating. Worcester, Mass., Bishop Daniel P. Reilly joined the discussion last month and, amazingly enough, emerged...
James O'Gara, Commonweal Editor for 32 Years, Dies at 85
By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Catonsville, Md. James O'Gara, for 32 years managing editor and editor of Commonweal, a Catholic lay journal of opinion, died Oct. 22 of a heart attack in Catonsville, Md. He was 85 years old. His funeral Mass was celebrated...
Lay Women Make Headway in Clerical Rome
Even in this very clerical town, lay people with vision can make a difference. American laywoman Donna Orsuto, who has built the Lay Centre and the Vincent Pallotti Institute into indispensable resources for laity in Rome, offers one example. Nicoletta...
New Pieces Added to the Puzzle of Church: Adding 31 New Cardinals Shifts the Balance of Power for the Next Conclave
A consistory always beckons thoughts of a conclave, because by creating new cardinals, the pope changes the equation with respect to candidates and possible coalitions for the election of his successor. Moreover, the hoopla that surrounds a consistory--the...
New York Offerings
I spent a few lovely days in New York recently, in the lead-up to the Voice of the Faithful gathering at Fordham University Oct. 25. It was pleasant to walk the route of my old commute without having to worry, on either side of the day, about catching...
Outlawing War: Reforming the Language of War Is the First Step toward Ending It
On April 6, 1927, Foreign Minister Aristide Briand of France communicated the following message to the United States: "France would be willing to subscribe publicly with the United States to any mutual engagement tending to outlaw war, to use an American...
Poetry in Signs: Saving the Nation One Bumper Sticker at a Time
I must love this'country very much. Only a fool in love would order 500 bumper stickers with the words "No Tax Cuts For The Rich" and then give them away for free. Call me naive; call me co-dependent. I still think we can save the republic from ruin,...
Suspended Priest Explains Communion Decision
German Fr. Gotthold Hasenhuettl, a priest and theologian, officiated at a May 29 intercommunion service in Germany as part of a joint national celebration between Catholics and Protestants, the frost one in 500 years (NCR, June 20). Hasenhuettl distributed...
The Road Last Traveled: M. Scott Peck's Journey with Parkinson's Disease
Mention the name M. Scott Peck and back like an echo comes the title The Road Less Traveled. Peck, a quarter-century ago, literally trail-blazed his first book across the country to create a new genre of spiritual self-exploration. In his phrase, exploring...
Two Pro-Life Catholics Court Evangelicals in la. Governor's Race
In 1991 the media invaded Louisiana for a gubernatorial runoff between former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, and Edwin Edwards, a former governor tainted by allegations of corruption. Edwards courted black ministers while Duke promoted himself as...
Ugly, Angry Words Bury Possibility to Build Peace
The anti-Semitic remarks of Mahathir Mohamad at the Organization of the Islamic Conference on Oct. 16 were most unfortunate. Mahathir, until last week the long-serving prime minister of Malaysia, might have been able to use his position as an elder...
Up against the Wall
Nov. 9 has been declared the International Day against the Wall, a day when activists in many different parts of the world will celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and protest the erection of a new wall between Israel and the occupied West Bank....
Weighing 'Extraordinary Means': Feeding Tubes Create Special Issues in Health Care Decision-Making
The case of Terri Schiavo, a brain damaged Florida woman whose family members are feuding about whether to continue to keep her alive with a feeding tube, has shaken legal and health care experts, but Catholic ethicists and theologians have been grappling...