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. 23, April 5

Catholics of Lincoln Flounder in Atmosphere of Fear
Consider the Lincoln, Neb., diocese over the last quarter-century and one word jumps out: fear. The late Bishop Glennon D. Flavin feared change. That fear became so consuming it moved him to fear anyone calling for change. That meant fearing many Catholics...
Discriminatory, Costly, Death Penalty Lives On
Executions in the United States are reaching record numbers: 56 in 1995, the most since 1959. is year the number could double. The death penalty continues to be imposed in a discriminatory manner. In 1995, 45 percent of those executed were from minority...
Easter Resurrected Hope and Changed History
What if there were no Easter? The external aspect of the world might remain just as we know it, but that airy, intangible aspect of us by which we transcend the rest of the world would be dried up and going nowhere. No Easter -- that could mean many...
Excommunication Decree Sows Confusion; Three Bishops Belong to Condemned Group
Call to Action "is intrinsically incoherent and fundamentally divisive. It is inimical to the Catholic faith, destructive of Catholic church discipline, contradictory to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and an impediment to evangelization....
Fences, Patrols Can't Stem Tide of Eager Mexicans
DOUGLAS, Ariz. -- Every night hundreds of men, women and children gather on the international boundary line separating the United States from Mexico, just south of this remote Arizona town. Pushed from their homes by Mexico's collapsing economy and pulled...
I'll Take the Low Road to Reconciliation
My name is Michael Ross. I am a condemned man on Connecticut's death row. When most people think of death-row inmates, I'm the one they think of. I'm the worst of the worst, a man who has raped and murdered eight women, assaulted several others and stalked...
Immigrants Risk, Lose Lives in Border Crossings
A Quaker immigrant rights group released a report in mid-March saying "hundreds of undocumented migrants" die each year crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a majority by drowning in the Rio Grande River. The report, financed in part by the American Friends...
Payoff Maybe Tied to Drug War Hitch
Does the war on drugs have anything to do with bananas? Yes, drugs and bananas ran through my mind in early March as I analyzed reports about the Clinton administration's removal of Colombia from the list of countries cooperating satisfactorily with...
The Most Severe Penalty Has a Long History
Excommunication, a penalty that excludes a person from the church's sacraments, has a long history in Catholicism, although it has been used rarely in recent years. References to excommunication appear in documents of the Council of Nicea, held in 325....
They Work to Soften Immigration Bills
Catholic leaders and other religious groups that have strongly opposed punitive attempts to regulate immigration and to restrict benefits for noncitizens took different views of a House bill that was passed March 21. On March 25, the bishops criticized...
What a Moment, When the 'Voiceless' Speak!
Helena Viramontes, in her stunning novel Under the Feet of Jesus (W.W. Norton), tells of a young California migrant worker's dream of becoming a geologist: "He loved the stones and the history of stones because he believed himself to be a solid mass...