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. 10, December 29

Aristide to Go from President to Citizen: First Democratic Power Shift since 1804
First democratic power shift since 1804 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--Haiti after Aristide. In less than six weeks, on Feb. 7, 1996, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will become Citizen Aristide. He will have accomplished both the historic and the...
Changes Raise Church-State Questions
WASHINGTON--As Congress moves toward dismantling long-standing welfare programs, churches are being asked to increase their traditional roles as providers of social services. But that growing responsibility, some experts warn, could dangerously diminish...
China Forces Folly and Brutality on TIbet
In one of its most brazen religious assaults against Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese officials in November named a 6-year-old, Gyaicain Norbu, as the reincarnation of Tibet's second-holiest monk, the 10th Panchen Lama, who died in January 1989. The move directly...
Fitzpatrick Resigns as WOC Coordinator: Ordination Conference Picks Interim Leaders, Seeks New Coordinator
Ordination conference picks interim leaders, seeks new coordinator The board of directors of the Women's Ordination Conference Dec. 15 announced it had "regretfully" accepted the resignation of its national coordinator, Ruth McDonough Fitzpatrick. She...
Hate Crimes Up since Proposition 187, Group Says
LOS ANGELES--One year after California voters approved the anti-immigrant initiative Proposition 187, its opponents marked the anniversary with a report documenting a rash of hate crimes throughout the state. In November, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant...
Infallibility: Untenable on Every Ground
Thirty years ago I clarified in my own mind that I did not believe in the infallibility at the pope or the magisterium of the Roman Catholic church. I also decided that this was not a sufficient reason for leaving the Roman Catholic church. I do not...
Now for the Really Important Clerical Stuff: Rome's 7-Point Clarification on Priestly Dress
Rome's 7-point clarification on priestly dress The Vatican continues to stone its priests to death with popcorn. In a recent ruling, officials in Rome ordered bishops to see to it that clergy turn out in distinctive clerical garb (NCR, Dec. 8). For...
One Woman's Story Gives Bosnian War and Peace a Human Face and Voice
While U.S. and other soldiers converge on Bosnia to broker peace in this season of goodwill, much of the world has little idea what it's all about and little desire to know. While politicians scramble to giue the 4-year-old tragedy their own political...
Our Cheap Clothes Are Their Horror Stories: Thais, Other Minorities Abused in Sweatshops That Keep Prices Down
Thais, other minorities abused in sweatshops that keep prices down LOS ANGELES--You can hear the frustration in Jerry Hall's voice--the sound of a middle-aged bureaucrat trying to put a dent in the grand wrongs he sees every day as a federal labor investigator....
Six of Seven Ordinandi Were Ordinandae: And Three of Them Former Roman Catholics
The ordination ceremony of new priests at St. James Cathedral in Chicago Dec. 16 was Catholic in almost every sense --including the robing of the seven candidates with chasuble and stole, the anointing with chrism, the handing of chalice and paten to...
The Fire in These Ashes Spawns Raw Spiritual Energy
We publish this week as a double issue the last issue of 1995 (Dec. 29) and the first issue of 1996 (Jan. 5). This allows our staff to spend more time with families and friends during the Christmas break. With this issue we mark the passing of another...
Viewing 1995 as a Thing of Shreds and Patches
At the end of another year, it's time to share some religious odds and ends: * Diners at Chez Josephine in New York waved their napkins at the pope as he passed during his October visit to the Big Apple. One table of patrons begged the manager: "We,re...
Who Will Rescue Endangered Children?
In his annual World Day of Peace message to be delivered Jan. 1, 1996, Pope John Paul added his voice to those deploring the worldwide "veritable slaughter" of children in warfare and called for an end to slave conditions in which millions of children...