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. 32, No. 44, October 18

Basic Communities Flourish in Paraguay
SAN PEDRO APOSTLE, Paraguay -- The prospects for basic Christian communities, late in Pope John Paul II's disapproving pontificate, rise and fall from country to country. Brazil, for years the breeding ground of tens of thousands of such communities,...
Bishop Praised for Candor, Compassion
Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., got an editorial accolade recently in the Tampa Tribune for his handling of a couple of "high-profile scandals" that had surfaced just a few days apart. In fact, Lynch was having a pastorally demanding...
Building Experimental Bridge to China
HONG KONG -- The four had flown into Gweizhou, China, a poor mountain region far north of their affluent, comfortable Hong Kong. Their accommodation was a modest guest house and their reception committee had just arrived. As the committee members...
Faith Is More Than a Resident Pastor
The current parish model, first organized around agrarian culture, no longer meets the needs of the faithful. The model, primarily dependent on a resident pastor in stable communities, is no longer viable, given the decrease in priestly vocations...
Forging the Parish of the Next Millennium
Following are excerpts from a talk given in May to a meeting of the National Federation of Priests Councils by Fr. William Bausch, retired pastor of St. Mary's Church in Colts Neck, N. J., and author of more than a dozen books on parish and ministry...
Genesis: A Living Conversation
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And there was evening and morning the first day. And on the second day, God made Bill Moyers and put him in charge over public television's...
Instead of Territorial Boundaries, Build Parishes on Special Charisms
The literature on parishes proposes many models, but none addresses the sociological and cultural situation of late 20th century American Catholics. All current models assume a geographically based, all things-to-all-people approach. This is not...
Military Chaplains Plumb Church-State Tar Pit
The U.S. military is in a sticky situation and a Catholic chaplain is to blame. Fr. Vincent Rigdon is an Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel who serves at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D. C. In June, Rigdon was ordered not to urge military...
Native Tribes Fear New Attacks on Rights
WASHINGTON -- The Senate hearing fell quiet. Chief Jesse Taken Alive of the Standing Rock Sioux was speaking in his native tongue defending Native American tribal sovereignty. Members of 50 tribes from more than 20 states were on Capitol Hill Sept....
Netanyahu's Course Is Attack on Peace Process
As history seems to be repeating itself in the Middle East, with the region on the brink of a second intifada, it becomes more and more apparent that Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, has triumphed. The murdered peacemaker has been replaced by...
New Nuns Rely on Values Rather Than Blue Serge
I had to repeat kindergarten. I flunked blocks and got an incomplete in sandbox. Besides, Sr. Philomena thought I was still too young for first grade. Further, she had correctly diagnosed that I was severely myopic. I would have little chance of mastering...
New Spotlight on Reform of Exploited Child Labor
The relentness and growing problem of exploited child labor was hardly an issue outside human rights organizations until celebrities like talk show cohost Kathie Lee Gifford got caught in the glare of bad publicity. The Gifford case, especially,...
Papal Twilight Focus of Hospital Watch
ROME -- The waiting for news of the outcome of Pope John Paul II's Oct. 8 surgery became almost a public duty here. Nuns waited in convent foyers praying bead after bead for the pontiffs recovery. Drivers waited in cars, their radios keyed to...
Parishes Connect on the World Wide Web
You are a priest or lay minister and have a pretty good sense of what works and what does not in your parish. But you have less of a feel for the lessons of parish life in, say, South Carolina, Florida or California. There are ways to learn. One gaining...
Parish That's Vatican II Church at Its Best: One Sign Is Surviving a Charismatic Founder
COLTS NECK, N.J. -- The intersection of the career of Fr. William Bausch with the founding of a new parish, St. Mary's, in this bucolic swatch in central New Jersey, was a bit of serendipity that had implications far beyond the usual appointment of...
Patience Asked of Rome in Treating China Split
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Jesuit Fr. Yves Nalet paused in the ritual of lighting his pipe to describe an incident at a Catholic parish in mainland China. It was a Sunday, he said. A Chinese priest -- a member of what Nalet calls the "above -ground" church...
Religion, Politics Make Fickle Bedfellows
Ralph Reed may be barking up an imaginary tree when he talks of a political alliance between evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics. The two groups joined in helping people like Ronald Reagan and former Pennsylvania Gov. William Casey win victories...
Rift between Gutierrez and Peru Women: Liberation Theology Said to Be Too Narrow
On a recent visit to Peru, I explored a particular interest of mine: emerging forms of liberation theology that integrate feminist, ecological and indigenous perspectives. I was saddened, however, by the ambivalent relations of these new groups with...
San Salvador Archbishop Ousts Jesuit Pastor of Barrios Parish
In a move interpreted throughout church circles in El Salvador as an attempt to weaken the influence of Jesuit community and the memory of the country's martyrs, San Salvador Archbishop Fernando Saenz la Calle has removed as Jesuit priest and three...
So Many Buildings Built on Backs of Catholics: Custom Seems to Demand That They Put the Arm on Parishioners to Fork over Money for the Building Fund While Older Churches Are Demolished or Sold
In the way that ideas casually tossed our way sometimes stick and settle in, I have been unable to forget a brief remark by Sr. Jose Hobday, writer and speaker on things spiritual, who was on the program at a conference I attended about a year ago....
Tale of Two Bishops - and Images of Church
Perhaps it is a matter of culture or church tradition or simply of personality. Whatever the reason, the Vatican's handling of the ongoing speculation about Pope John Paul's health has both tarnished the church's image and hurt its credibility. ...
The New Danger, Ratzinger Says, Is Relativism: When Cardinal Ratzinger Draws a New Target into His Sights There Are Often Serious Consequences
VATICAN CITY -- Early this year, on a plane to Latin America, Pope John Paul II dismissed liberation theology as irrelevant. There were a few howls of protest, but with Marxism rapidly fading as a global ideology, many church thinkers quietly agreed....
Woods Could Reduce Others' Handicaps
Sixty-seven, 69, 73, 68, 70, 70, 68, 69, 64, 67, 72. So toiled Tiger Woods in his first three weeks on the job as a Professional Golfers' Association tournament player. His scores -- 23 under par -- placed him 60th, 11th and 5th in the opening three...