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. 45, No. 1, October 31

Abortion: Its Shifting Place in the Political Landscape: Tom Roberts: The Emergence of Lay Efforts
The emergence of new lay Catholic voices this year has altered the quadrennial faith and politics debate that goes back to the legalization of abortion with Roe v. Wade in 1973. And while it will likely be economics, not abortion, that trumps...
Antiabortion Imperative More Complex Than Acknowledged: John Allen: Bishops' Views on Abortion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Regardless of the results of the presidential election Nov. 4, the U.S. Catholic bishops will continue to face difficult questions on the divisive issue of abortion, questions that that they intend to take up during their...
Callahan Steps Down as Leader at Quixote Center
For decades, Bill Callahan has embodied a call for justice, one shared by a generation of U.S. Catholics moved by waves of idealism first thundering through their church in the 1960s. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Intelligent, confident, sometimes...
Can a Conscientious Catholic Vote for McCain?
One of the worst-kept secrets in Washington is that John McCain really doesn't care very much about the so-called social issues--abortion, gay marriage, prayer in schools. McCain's policy passions lie elsewhere--primarily military and foreign policy...
Child Miners Struggle to Survive
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Under the glare of a West African sun, 15-year-old Ibrahim stands and stretches after hours of washing gravel in a mining pit. Splattered with mud, he surveys the other children mining; their threadbare clothes hang loosely...
Churches Push Fair-Trade Chocolate for Halloween
Halloween's a time for pumpkins, costumes, and--if some faith-based groups have their way this year-global market awareness. Faith organizations and congregations around the country are promoting fair-trade chocolate for trick-or-treaters to raise...
Debating Gay Marriage and Proposition 8
My dear friends Norm and Jim have been living together for the last 14 years. Both had been married to good women, but neither felt complete, even after four children in Jim's case. When they found each other, their transformation, especially Norm's,...
Donna Freitas
Donna Freitas is an assistant professor of religion at Boston University, earned a solemn doctorate in religious studies from the Catholic University of America and wrote a dark tome, Killing the Imposter God. Then she started researching Sex and...
Election Year in a Flyover State
Live in the heartland for any length of time and you reach a certain accommodation with the pluses and minuses of residing in a "flyover" state. Every four years, however, Missouri, where NCR is headquartered, becomes a "fly into" state (and...
Global Crisis Hits Guatemala Corn Farmers
TOTONICAPAN, Guatemala -- Two years after it began, the global food crisis is pushing millions of Central Americans, including those in Guatemala's highlands, into conditions of poverty. "The cost of everything has gone up so much. We can't buy...
Group Targets Parishes with Anti-Obama Flier: Michael Humphrey on Parish Pamphleting
An antiabortion brochure that claims voting for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama "flagrantly violates Catholic teaching" is being distributed to parishioners at Catholic churches across nine battleground states and beyond. The method...
Guarding Your Memories
My friend Brandon is 24 and teaches seventh grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Downey, Calif. When he learned I'd written one memoir about my years as an active alcoholic and another about my conversion to Catholicism, he asked if I'd...
In Spirit, the World Is One: East, West Seek Same Inner Stillness
Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? --1 Corinthians 3:16 HOW many times have we heard we are "temples of the Holy Spirit"? Or that "the Spirit dwells within us"? I've pondered the meaning...
Is This the Best We Can Do? John McCain's Presidential Campaign Falters
We learned on Oct. 1 in a CNN report that yes, Sarah Palin can see Russia from Alaska. But only from a tiny island in the middle of the Bering Sea, where 100 native Alaskans live in squalor and dump their garbage in the sea. Gov. Palin has never...
Laughter a Fun Way to Better Health
Is it possible I could slim my waistline just by laughing? Or strengthen my immune system, lower my blood pressure, ease my aches and pains? Well, maybe. At least a lot of exercise gurus and personal trainers across the country seem to think...
Priest Suspended after Speaking against Gay Marriage Ban
Fr. Geoffrey Farrow, a diocesan priest who criticized church leadership for supporting California Proposition 8, a ballot measure that would make it unconstitutional for same-sex couples to marry, was suspended by Bishop John Steinbock of Fresno,...
Ridiculing Religious Rubes: Bill Maher, in 'Religulous,' Aims for Cheap Laughs
Bill Maher may be the funniest political commentator on cable television but he strikes out badly in his first film documentary, Religulous. It fails largely because Mr. Maher attacks the religious beliefs of such a narrow band of fundamentalists...
The Bible and the Life of the Church: At Synod, Pope Warns against 'Secularized' Scripture Scholarship
Reclaiming the Bible as the "book of the church" was perhaps the central leitmotif of the Oct. 5-26 Synod of Bishops m Rome, devoted to the theme of the "Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." Created in the wake of the Second Vatican...
The Bishops' Futile Election Strategy
Another presidential election cycle is nearly ended, and once again the Catholic bishops in the United States have sadly distinguished themselves for the narrowness and, in too many cases, barely concealed partisanship of their political views....
Two Titans from Alaska
Count me out when it comes to knocking Sarah Palin. I'll not be joining the growing masses who see her as a political fluke and a campaigning flake. Instead, I owe the good governor a debt. She's pushed me to remember that not all politicians from...