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. 49, No. 7, January 18

Abbot Urges Change in Bishop Selection
A leading Swiss abbot is calling for a change in how bishops are selected, saying that the nomination process should include greater local input, and he wants bishops and theologians to join him in pressing for the change. "We are faced with serious...
Article on 'Jesus' Wife' Papyrus Delayed
The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife, raising further doubts about a discovery that was set to turn Christian history on its head when it was announced...
Author Brings Her Iconic Sister to Life
DESERT ROSE: THE UFE AND LEGACY OF CORETTA SOUTT KING By Edythe Scott Bagley with Joe Hilley Published by University of Alabama Press. $34.95 As a sophomore in high school I attended the wake of Coretta Scott King. I remember my mother giving...
Boston Cleric to Be Vatican Prosecutor
Fr. Robert Oliver, a canon lawyer who has been active in overseeing the development and application of sex abuse policies for the Boston archdiocese and nationally, was recently appointed to the post of chief prosecutor in the Vatican's Congregation...
Catholics, Religious Diversity Increase in Congress
WASHINGTON * The 113th Congress sets a high mark for Catholic members, who retain their majority on Capitol Hill among religious denominations. At 163 Catholics--27 senators and 136 representatives--the 113th Congress tops the previous high, set...
Cops, Cons and Grace: I Volunteer So That I Can Keep Breathing and Keep Believing
In my retirement I spend most of my time writing. I have written a few pieces about the failed leadership of our church, but most of my writing is about my oldest son, a police officer who took his life four years ago. I have learned about cops and...
Faith Leader Want Americans to Pray for Collegiality
WASHINGTON * At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a distant dream in the nation's capital, an unusually diverse coalition of religious leaders is asking Americans to pray for civility. "Through daily prayer, we are...
Fanning the Embers
Surveying a number of negative stories in recent NCRs, letter writer Gregory McQueary laments that he finds it "hard to find even a small spark among the ashes of what once was Vatican II renewal. I want to see a blaze ignited in our church again"...
In the Steps of St. Vincent De Paul
About 17 years ago a Catholic married couple in Denver--after many years in local youth ministry and a year as lay missionaries in Central America--decided to form a lay ministry devoted to serving the poor in the Denver archdiocese. The result...
Judge: Archdiocese Must Reveal Names in Personnel Files to Be Released
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles archdiocese must reveal the names of personnel included in about 30,000 pages of files with information related to allegations of child sexual abuse by church employees, a Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 7. Judge Emilie...
Just a Job or a Vocation?
FEBRUARY 3, 2013, FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Patricia Datchuck Sanchez Jer 1:4-5,17-19; Ps 71; 1 Cor 12:31-13:13; Lk 4:21-30 What do you do for a living? This is a common question, easily answered: "I'm a teacher, nurse, architect, chef,...
LCWR Accusers Have Spotty Records: US Bishops Leading Disciplinary Action against Sister's Group Have Themselves Faced No Discipline in Abuse Scandal
VATICAN CITY * From its palace in Vatican City, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith monitors compliance with Roman Catholic moral teaching and matters of dogma for the oldest church in Christendom. These issues have little bearing on...
Merton's Letters a Call for White Atonement
While many of Thomas Merton's books helped a broad lay audience understand and engage practices of Western mysticism and Buddhism, his prophetic and contemplative stance against white racism has yet to be understood, much less practiced, by a critical...
More of What We Don't Need
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza's recent "letter" to mothers of priests and seminarians was clearly intended as a warm recognition, tied in with the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, of women who are life's primary teachers and examples of faith. If he had stopped...
National Cathedral to Marry Gay Couples
WASHINGTON * The Washington National Cathedral announced Jan. 9 it will allow gay and lesbian weddings inside the storied church that has been the site of presidential funerals, inaugural prayer services and other services to mark national milestones....
NCR Founding Publisher Michael Greene Dies at 84
KANSAS CITY, MO. * A memorial service will be held here Jan. 26 for Michael Greene, the founding publisher of the National Catholic Reporter. Greene, a husband, father and U.S. Army veteran who turned to philanthropy and social justice advocacy...
NRA's School Scenario Is a Delusional Fantasy
At Wilson High School in Washington, where I've been teaching peace studies classes for 28 years, armed police patrol the halls. They carry Glocks, a high-powered handgun not to be messed with. The police wear bulletproof vests. At the front door,...
Parishioners Protest Priests' Ouster
NEWARK, NJ. * About 150 parishioners from St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Elizabeth. N.J., traveled by caravan Jan. 6 to Sacred Heart Cathedral here in an effort to reverse an order by Archbishop John J. Myers that the four priests living in their...
Program Prepares Teachers While Serving Schools
Imagine nearly 60 young Catholic university students in graduate education programs teaching in poor Catholic schools in Los Angeles and attending night school, living a community life in often dilapidated former nuns' convents 50 to 80 years old,...
Reading the Bible with the Eye of the Soul
"With you leading, I entered inside myself, and with the eye of my soul, such as it was, I saw above that eye of my soul, above my mind, an unchangeable light." --St. Augustine, Confessions 7:10 My great-uncle Barney was a big-time salesman for...
Real Presence
JANUARY 27, 2013, THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Roger Vermalen Karban Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21 It's impossible to overemphasize the importance of today's second reading. Paul's insights give us the foundation...
Service, Reflection, Community Mark Amate House Life
Back in 1984 three former seminarians in the Chicago archdiocese had an idea. The seminary had been such a great place in forming their own Catholic spirituality, sense of service, social consciousness and theological reflection on those things,...
Settlements Flout International Law
In mid-December, Israeli officials approved plans for the construction of more than 2,600 new homes to be built on Givat Hamatos, a hill on the outskirts of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. This settlement would be the first major new Jewish neighborhood...
Smart Money for the Faithful: With Christ-Centered Investing, Your Finances and Your Religion Don't Have to Be on Different Paths
Can we turn to Jesus for investment advice? No reason why not. Jesus, who lived peacefully among tax collectors, merchants and the wealthy, often speaks about money and finding treasure. Knowledgeable as he was about the professional lives of business...
Sullivan Remembered for a Life of Compassion
News of Richmond, Va., Bishop Walter Sullivan's death in December released a tidal wave of mourning, not only for the unassuming prelate whose embracing spirit made him deeply loved, but also for an era when bishops like him were, if not the rule,...
Taking the Works of Mercy to the Margins
Talk about a cast of characters. Walk through the door of any of the dozens of Catholic Worker communities spread throughout the country and you never know what you will find. Inside, there may be a meal, attracting those needing food or a sense...
The Meaning of Ordination: How Women Were Gradually Excluded
Two points are important to make about the development of leadership roles in the church in the period from the fifth to the 13th centuries. First the definition of ordination changed radically during the 12th century. Second, women were considered...
Three New Frontiers for Catholic Volunteers
Volunteerism is arguably the classic for-instance of the insight that while the Catholic church may have a priest shortage, it doesn't have any vocation shortage. The Catholic Volunteer Network in the United States (see Page la) reports that 18,000...
US Preoccupation with Guns Is the Enemy Within
While 26 graves get colder in Newtown, Conn., and hearts everywhere continue to feel the pain of them, the sales of automatic weapons get hotter in this country by the day. In my own very average, very mild hometown, the local gun show with its proud...
Vatican Newspaper Compares Marriage Equality to Communism
VATICAN CITY * Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and in Europe, the Catholic church has intensified its increasingly uphill battle against gay marriage. The latest salvos came in December with a front-page article in the Vatican's...
Volunteers and Nonprofits
SILVER SPRING, MD. * It rarely gets into the news, but behind some 18,800 U.S. Catholics who volunteered their time and talent in 2011 through 208 local, national and international Catholic organizations is the Catholic Volunteer Network, which celebrates...
Washington's 2013 Outlook
The new Congress was sworn in to office Jan. 3 and President Barack Obama's inauguration will be held Jan. 21. There is a Wells Fargo bank exactly halfway between the White House and the Capitol building, and it is easy to find. The question on everyone's...
What's the Message on the Runway for Baroque Fashions?
When I was a boy, more than 50 years ago, ecclesiastical clothes were impressive. They were unusual and colorful, antique and sacral: they were distinctively Roman Catholic. The colored watered silk, the jeweled gloves, the red slippers (buskins) pointed...