Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Seeing Stories in a New Way

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Seeing Stories in a New Way

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As you are reading this, the commercial, secular Christmas is but a distant memory, like the shedding, dry Christmas tree hauled curbside. But we Catholic Christians know that Christmas isn't a day or a shopping spree, it is a season that we will enjoy for a couple weeks yet, until the Baptism of the Lord Jan. 13. I remind you of this, because I want to point out that if you haven't yet taken advantage of our Christmas gift subscription special, you still have time. Give a gift of hope, give an NCR subscription. See the ad on Page 12 for details. The offer's good for the whole Christmas season.

The interplay of our violence-saturated culture and the concept of Christian nonviolence has long been an interest of editor at large Tom Roberts. He had been working on the story of the effects of violence on the residents of Camden, N.J., for weeks already, and we had scheduled it to appear in this issue of the newspaper. Then the tragedy of Sandy Hook School happened.

Sandy Hook School has, rightfully, focused attention on the national problem we have with guns and violence, but in a sense, this makes the tragedy of Camden more poignant. As Roberts writes: "No one expects a presidential visit in Camden or that most of CNN's anchors will take up stations for days on end in its grimy streets." Camden mourns in lonely solitude. Its residents do not feel the embrace of a national moment of silence or flags flown at half-mast.

Jason Berry, author of Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, and producer of the awardwinning documentary on the Legion of Christ founder Fr. …

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