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. 22, August 19

$34 Million Loss Was a Theft from the Poor
The John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., a colossal and vapid manifestation of episcopal arrogance, will take on a new identity and purpose thanks to the recent purchase by the Knights of Columbus, who plan to turn it into a shrine to...
After Debt Ceiling Crisis, Real Work on US Social Policy Lies Ahead
WASHINGTON * Now that the so-called debt ceiling crisis is over for the time being (no one except a few tea party Republicans were actually willing to cast the United States into a political and economic quagmire that could have thrown this country...
Amid Economic Panic, Pope Heads for Spain
Under other circumstances, the story line heading into Pope Benedict XVI's Aug. 18-21 trip to Madrid for World Youth Day might be "Wounded pope seeks relief in Spain." Just look around: China is brazenly ordaining bishops in defiance of the Vatican,...
Archbishop, Governor Exchange Letters on Same-Sex Marriage
BALTIMORE. Two days before Gov. Martin J. O'Malley announced his July 22 decision to sponsor legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of Baltimore sent him a private letter urging O'Malley, a Catholic, to refrain...
A Safer World: Japan Ponders Its Nuclear Future
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN * The air seemed still as a large iron bell was struck once, then again, then six more times, totaling eight. Each sound was allowed to drift and echo through the crowd, which numbered some 50,000. The clock read 8:15 a.m.--66 years...
A Union Made Holy by Love, Faithfulness and Respect
The stroke of midnight this past July 24 ushered in a new era in human rights for gay and lesbian New Yorkers. From Niagara Falls to the southern shore of Long Island, same-sex couples, many of them already in committed relationships for decades, were...
Bishops' Staffer on Doctrine Rips Theologians as 'Curse'
Theologians can be a "curse and affliction upon the church," according to the U.S. bishops' top official on doctrine, if their work is not grounded in church teaching and an active faith life, and ends up promoting "doctrinal and moral error." Capuchin...
Calling One Another to Conversion
SEPTEMBER 4, 2011, TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Patricia Datchuck Sanchez Ez 33:7-9; Ps 95; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20 If you saw your young child about to put his hand in a hot stove, wouldn't you move quickly to prevent him from being...
Economists Project Remittance Increase
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. * Jose Cedillo used to work as a fabric salesman in Mexico City, but since he came to Staten Island four years ago he has been working any job he can find to support his three children while they attend college in Mexico. For the...
German Catholics Are 'Weary,' Says Jesuit
In January 2010, Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, headmaster of the prestigious Jesuit-run Canisius College in Berlin, sent a letter to former students of the school informing them that two former priests had been accused of sexual misconduct with students....
Knights Buy John Paul II Cultural Center: Sale Leaves Detroit Archdiocese with Loss of $34 Million
The beleaguered Pope John Paul II Center in Washington, a $75 million monument to the legacy of the late pope that has been financially strapped since its opening in March 2001, will be sold for $22.7 million to the Knights of Columbus. The organization...
McElroy and Golf's Cloistered World
Winsome winners are the rarity in professional sports. We put up with irmm overpaid and undercontrolled athletes who berate umpires (baseball), shove refs (basketball), curse line judges (tennis), bite ears (boxing), butt heads (soccer), hot dog in...
Mentored by the Word and Will of God
AUGUST 28,2011, TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Patricia Datchuck Sanchez Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27 Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a brilliant German Lutheran theologian, a gracious pastor and an erudite educator...
Ministers Hope to Build Strong Marriages
MILWAUKEE * Over the past 29 years, Lorrie Gramer helped prepare 25,000 couples for marriage in the Rockford, Ill., diocese. "On the Friday night before the wedding, I tell the couples that they have paid the florist and the caterer and they've...
'Money Talked' in NY, Says Church Official
Though the New York Catholic church loudly opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, a postmortem of this summer's legislative battle found that money and political clout drowned out the church's voice, according to a spokesperson for the New York Catholic...
NJ Parish Blossoms under First-Time Pastor
The number of U.S. parishes is declining at a steady rate. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, the total number of U.S. parishes is 17,958 in 2010, down from their peak of 19,331 in 1995....
No Earthquake from Overture to Anglicans
LONDON * From time to time in the church, developments come down the pike that stir up enormous reaction at first, but that, over time, never quite seem to produce the earthquakes that breathless commentary predicted. Pope Benedict XVI's 2007 decision...
No Lack of Resources Available to Prepare Catholics for New Missal
WASHINGTON * As Catholics look toward Nov. 27, when the new edition of the Roman Missal goes into use in the United States, there is no lack of resources to help them prepare for the new sound and feel of the liturgy. Dozens of books and brochures...
Not Enough to Stem the Tide: It Will Take More Than Rural Development Projects to Stop Migrants Heading North, Experts Say
ACTEAL, MEXICO * Thirteen years have passed since the massacre of 45 men, women and children in a Catholic chapel here in December 1997. Their relatives and neighbors scattered, afraid to return home or go to their fields to harvest their coffee crop....
People of God Are Key to Church's Life and Mission
Who or what is the church? It is first and foremost people. It is also an institution. But it is primarily a community. The church is us. A major ecclesiological principle adopted by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) is embodied in its teaching...
Priest, Advocate for Ordaining Women, One Step Closer to Dismissal
Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois has received a "second canonical warning" and faces expulsion from his U.S.-based mission society if he continues publicly advocating for the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic church. In a July 27 letter Maryknoll...
Religious Groups Irked by Contraception Mandate
The Obama administration is taking heat from religious groups, particularly Catholic leaders, upset that new federal health regulations may force them to pay for employees' birth control, a violation of church tenets. Proposed religious exemptions...
Someone Is Always Unhappy with the Music
Music is the lit dynamite of liturgical debates. It is the struck match in a parched field; the gasoline-soaked rag stuffed in a bottle and tossed, flaming, into the crowd. Music is a marker: "Thee's to the right; You's to the left. Please, no talking."...
The Certainty of Change
The Dow's sudden drop by 20 percent in less than two weeks has been unnerving. It reminds me how vulnerable so many of us are to forces over which we have no control. Short of stashing dollars under the proverbial mattress, one tries to find a safe...
US Fiscal and Moral Health Imperiled
Watching the recent politically manufactured debt ceiling debate draw to its sad conclusion, one thinks of the last stanza of T.S. Eliot's often quoted poem, "The Hollow Men": Not with a bang but a whimper However you cut it, there is something...
Vatican Aims to Regain Trust of US Religious Women, Official Says
VATICANATY * In the final stage of the apostolic visitation of U.S. women's religious communities, the Vatican congregation overseeing the study not only is facing mountains of paper, but must try to rebuild a relationship of trust with the women,...
Wisconsin
PLACE: Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI DATES: Sept. 2011-July 2012 DESCRIPTION: Siena Retreat Center, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, offers a peaceful setting for conferences, private retreats, spiritual direction, or one...
Working toward a New 'Peace Culture': American Helps Spread Hiroshima Survivors' Message of Forgiveness
You might say Steve Leeper knows something of the highs and the lows. As chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, he's responsible for management of the city's peace museum, which recreates the experience of the city's atomic bomb survivors...