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. 31, No. 14, February 3

Alliance Gears Up to Fight Pornography
America has more outlets for hard-core pornography than it has McDonald's restaurants, according to experts who see such availability as an indication of a growing problem worldwide. The United States, they say, is among the top producers and exporters...
A Prologue to Ruin, Scribed by Earth's Reckless Stewards
Everyone has heard by now that the Earth is fragile. The popularity of ecology is the result. Everyone wants the environment to hold together so that it doesn't bring the human race to the same end as the dinosaurs. As a fad, however, concern with the...
Books That Survived Rigid Selectionprocess
I'm asked from time to time how books are selected for review in this column, and from time to time I like to repeat the answer. Editorial forces in Kansas City, in a process not revealed fully unto me, decide which books will arrive at my door courtesy...
Champion of Sacred Art Says Good Art Is a Friend
Hildegard Letbetter believes bad religious art is dangerous. "If I can sell somebody a piece of pink plastic that glows in the dark or a dashboard Jesus," she says, "I can sell them anything, including phony ideas and false dogmas. People who cannot...
Chemical Weapons Buried in 215 U.S.Sites
Washington -- It is not yet spring in Spring Valley, 4.5 miles of northwest of the White House. But works proceeds on the last of the $600,000 to $1 million homes near ritzy Loughboro Road now that the Army has spent $20 million removing World World...
Communists Rule in Romania's Democracy
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Among the cramped rows of granite tombstones at the Ghencea Cemetery, one grave is marked only by a wooden cross. On a chilly Sunday morning, a trickle of visitors lights candles or lays flowers for the man buried here, Romania's...
Guatemalan Journalist Honored Abroad, Harassed at Home
GUATEMALA CITY -- Armando Cu Moran traveled to Geneva in October to receive an award from the International Catholic Press Union for his radio documentaries about the life of Guatemalan refugees in Mexico. Back in his home county, however, Cu's work...
Infallibility Gets under Sic's Skin, Causing a Rash
With the arrival of another new year, Sic flexed our muscles and resolved to win a Catholic Press Association Award this year or bust. Even readers with mediocre memories may recall how This Space entered itself as Best Column (the culture section)...
In USA, Capitalist Money Tends to Run Uphill
Everywhere, we are told, capitalism is triumphant. But in this country the discussion of capitalism is confined to a very small slice of its possibilities and dangers. With liberalism mute or "me-too," the exercise of capitalism has been reduced to...
N.Y. Nurses Win Support in Labor Dispute
A Jewish congressman has called on Catholic leaders to uphold church teaching in a bitter five-month-old labor dispute at Mercy Community Hospital, located in his district in Port Jervis, N.Y. The dispute appears to be a growing embarrassment to the...
Ramadan: Holy Month of Fasting, Feasting
Americans familiar with Islamic customs may be aware that Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, got under way Jan. 31. Far from purely penitential, the season is a mix of fasting and feasting, of individual spiritual growth and community gatherings. To...
Resource-Rich Africa Gets Little from World Trade
The lined yellow paper is faded, the handwritten note marked by a few spelling errors. But the anguish of Munyaradzi Shoriwa, a would-be student from one of Zimbabwe's rural regions, comes through eloquently clear: Because of the [1993] drought here...
Rose Kennedy Balanced Sad and Glad with Faith
Of all the places -- worldly and sacred -- in which Rose Kennedy spent time, a few meant more to her than St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. Until she was bedridden about a decade ago, it was her local parish. A short walk...
Some Catholics Who Were Vilified, Then Vindicated
Henry Poels Born: Feb. 14, 1868 Died: Sept. 7, 1948 Fr. Henry Poels, a theology professor at Catholic University of America, got in trouble because he refused to sign an oath attesting that he believed Moses alone wrote the Pentateuch, the first five...
The Children of Romania
SIBIU, Romania -- When Sr. Mary Rose Rose Christy strolls through the gates of Riul Vadului, the residents race to greet her. "Sister Mary! Sister Mary!" they shout, hobbling and running with arms open wide. The 71-year-old Sister of Mercy extends her...
Today's Sinners in Eyes of the Vatican May Very Well Be Tomorrow's Saints
Being a creative thinker of innovator in the Catholic church has often been a dangerous career track. From the earliest days to the present, those who pose difficult questions or take issue with one dogmatic pronouncement or another often run up against...
We Are Obligated to Nourish Democracy's Silent Partner
If we really believe the Spirit of God is the answer that's blowin' in the wind, then perhaps it's not too much to suppose that a recent TV documentary spoke a piece of truth worth pondering. How fortunate we are that before Congress begins its debate...
World's Land Mines Kill 25 People Aday
Luena, Angola--Stading on a red earth track on the edge of Luena in easter Angola is Simon Coaton. He is a tall, broad-shouldered, mine disposal expert from Britain. He points down the sandy road to a concrete bridge spanning a small stream. The bridge...