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. 48, No. 17, June 8

After Council, a 'New Context': Liberation Theology Will Endure and Grow, Says Jesuit
MUNKH, GERMANY * There is a general view in the church today that liberation theology, which shone so brightly for a while after the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), is dead. The declaration against it issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine...
App Brings Religious Art to Life
Need to find the nearest dry cleaner? There's an app for that. Lost your phone? There's an app for that. Looking for a deeper connection with Christian art? Well, now there's an app for that, too. But an app is not where the process started for...
Author Explores Belief and Remaking Habit Loops
Have you ever left home on your day off and, after a moment of distraction, found yourself driving to work? This is the "habit loop" in action. Have you ever struggled against any bad habit that left you feeling powerless? In The Power of Habit,...
Benedict Gives Direction to US Bishops on Hot-Button Issues
VATICAN CITY * Over the course of the last six months, Pope Benedict XVI delivered five major speeches to small groups of American bishops who were in Rome for their "ad limina" visits, which are required once every five years. The "ad limina" visits...
Bishops Overreach in HHS Conflict
Early this year, NCR called out the Obama administration for overstepping a boundary by issuing through the department of Health and Human Services a mandate that required insurance coverage for contraceptives, with a too narrow exemption for religious...
Catholic Theology Inspires Speaker
Barbara Marx Hubbard, an evolutionary thinker who is to speak this summer before the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, is not Catholic or part of any mainstream religion. But she says she has faith in the future. In August, she will bring...
Cleveland Priests, Laity Seek Vatican Intervention
Unrest continues to swell in the Cleveland diocese, as parishioners and priests growing impatient with their bishop and fearful of his intentions have called for outside intervention. A number of priests have written to hierarchical authorities...
Deaf Catholics Seek 'Full Membership': Leadership Seen as Key to Developing Authentic Liturgy Translations
For Catholics in the deaf community, there are a number of issues regarding authentic sign language translations of church texts that need to be addressed. So says one New Zealand chaplain in the deaf community. David Loving-Molloy points out that...
Federal Lawsuits by Catholic Institutions Seek to Stop HHS Mandate
WASHINGTON * Forty-three Catholic dioceses, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and other institutions filed suit in federal court May 21 to stop three government agencies from implementing a mandate that would require them to cover contraceptives...
Feel Our Freedom: Power of the Dying Hierarchy Is an Illusion
The Eucharist will live only if we find a way for it to live outside the Mass. I heard this from a Catholic sister last year, who was quoting a lay parish worker. Another sister told me this about a decade ago: The hierarchy is like a dying dragon,...
Fostering Faith for Hispanics: College Marks 40 Years of Ministry Training
SAN ANTONIO * The evolution of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) from a national center for the development of Hispanic ministry into a bilingual Catholic college emerged from an idea first conceived 40 years ago by Hispanic theologian Fr....
God's Holy Remnant
Most biblical prophets eventually develop low expectations. Very few people listen to them; fewer still are willing to change their lives because of the prophets' message. At this point, the term remnant enters their preaching. Active during...
Guidelines for Talking about the Church
We talk about schism and purges. We talk about a leaner church, a remnant church. Many are convinced of sinister forces at work, and on the rise. In journals of opinion, at dinner parties, at family gatherings, at coffee and donuts after Mass, Catholics...
Healing and Help amid Violence
OAKUM, CALIF. * Cindy Hill-Ford had been waiting for the police to call all day, and she was ready. Early that morning, One Goh, a former student at a small unaccredited Christian university in Oakland, had opened fire on campus, killing six nursing...
In the Vatican, Did the Butler Really Do It?
In Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," the narrator yearns for a "surcease of sorrow" for his lost Lenore. It's an apt allusion to open a report on the Vatican these days, gripped by scandals surrounding leaked documents, the abrupt firing of a Vatican...
Investor Responsibility Groups Seek Trafficking-Free Olympics
Before the summer Olympics open in London this July, Christian responsible investment groups are working to prevent any games-related human trafficking--from prostitution in London hotels to slave and child labor in the global supply chains of Olympic...
Meeting 'Bite Sized' Needs of Suffering Indian Christians
It's the perennial question that haunts anyone moved by reports of tragedy half a world away, when something awful happens to people they've never met, and in places they've never been: "It's terrible, yes, but what can I possibly do about it?" ...
Motherhood: One Life Well Lived
Every four years the presidential campaigns roll out their version of motherhood and apple pie. This year is no different. While the recent public discussion on motherhood was ramping up, the life of one mother, Anne-Marie Gallagher, was coming to...
My Days with the Other Old Yoga Ladies
Something unexpected is happening to me in this spring's Senior Center yoga classes. Something over and above the shock of finding myself at 79 in the "old-old" category. There's no denying it: I was born in 1933, the year Hitler took power, the banks...
Philadelphia Church Official Takes Stand in Own Defense
PHILADELPHA * The trial for the first church official charged with the cover-up of child sexual abuse took a heated turn in late May, with Msgr. William J. Lynn taking the witness stand over a period of several days in his own defense. As NCR went...
Prepare the Way
As with Jesus, so with John the Baptizer: We must be careful to distinguish the historical person from the Gospel person. It's clear from the way the evangelists treat Jesus' baptism that the Baptizer's inclusion created problems. In the earliest...
Priest Leader Hopes New Study Ignites 'Major Powwow'
A just-released study of priestly ministry in the United States will have best done its job if it ignites "a major powwow" among church leaders on priestly and parish ministry, says the president of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, which...
Priests Meet to Discuss Labor Ministry
CHICAGO * Twenty-seven priests from around the country met in Chicago May 21-25 for the first Priest Laborer Social Justice Continuing Formation, a project developed to recruit priests to labor issues and create a network of support for one another...
Professor, Cofounder of Merton Society Dies at 94
Msgr. William Shannon, a priest of the diocese of Rochester, N.Y., a religious studies professor, and a well-known Thomas Merton scholar, died April 29 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester motherhouse. He was 94. "Bill saw his life as a series...
Sisters' Discussions Reflect Healthy Questioning
Many of us educated in Catholic schools encountered women religious who modeled and taught us both the inner life that gives birth to and nurtures religious experience and how to discern whether those experiences were "of God." They offered us an inclination...
Summertime Reads
This isn't exactly a beach read, but I predict it will be a summertime Catholic best-seller. When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today's Church (Liturgical Press) is a series of essays edited by Richard R. Gaillardetz,...
The Religion Embedded in US Foreign Policy
Two years before the United States went to war with Mexico in 1846, one could read in the Family Christian Almanack an article, "Expenses of War," in which the author added together the costs of America's wars from 1776 to 1815. He observed that it...
Win or Lose, Lawsuits against HIES Rules Come with Risk
WASHINGTON * Since May 21--when 13 Catholic dioceses and at least 30 other church organizations joined in lawsuits across the country (see Page 10) to overturn new federal Health and Human Services regulations requiring many Catholic institutions to...
With Every Stitch Comes a Prayer: Knitters and Sewers Use Skills to Create Gifts for Those in Need of Comfort
"It's a cozy sanctuary" sings Linus about his blanket in the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." In knitting and sewing ministries, it's an apt description. Knitting ministry, prayer shawl ministry, quilting ministry--it goes by different...