story -- Mystery of the Mind
Science's biggest mystery.
When Mary declared that her soul magnified the Lord, in her hymn known
as the Magnificat, was she in effect saying that her brain magnified him?
John L. Allen Jr.
As the largest and most influential religious order in the Catholic
church, the Society of Jesus has always been a pacesetter. When Jesuits from
around the world gather for a General Congregation, as they are currently doing
in Rome, their decisions are always scrutinized for hints of the Catholic
Elvis or not, this superior general is his own man
John L. Allen Jr.
A Spanish-born academic who has spent most of his career in Asia, and
who is seen as sympathetic to the broadly progressive theological views
associated with the Asian bishops, is the new superior general of the
19,000-strong Jesuit order.
Catholics turn 'magical' Friday into 'mystical' commemoration
On a night when Javanese traditionally go to the
graveyard to appease the spirits and communicate with ancestors, local
Catholics meet in parishes or shrines to remember Jesus passion and pray
for special intentions.
Hanoi Catholics protest on despite ultimatum
As many as 3,000 Catholics defied local government
orders to disperse and continued a protest outside the compound of the
Vaticans embassy, which was confiscated by the communist government in
1959. Catholics began the protests in mid-December after they learned of plans
to build a restaurant and nightclub on the site.
Suu Kyi sees no change soon in Burma
Burmas pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, used a rare moment
of freedom in the military-ruled country to urge Asian governments not to be
lulled into believing the juntas promises of political change.
The post-election, intertribal turmoil in Kenya had not reached the
Dominican compound, set on a hillside near Kisumu, when a man approached in
early January posing an ominous question.
Senate told to brace for more mortgage turmoil
As a basket of regulations, industry agreements and legislation is being
set in motion to address the subprime lending crisis, a federal official told
the Senate Banking Committee to brace for more turmoil.
Blind SOA activist chooses jail time
U.S. Magistrate Mallon Faircloth asked 78-year-old Edwin Lewiston if he
wanted a sentence of 90 days under house arrest or 90 days in prison.
Archbishop calls foul on Catholic basketball coach
St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, who has called Catholic presidential
candidates on the carpet for supporting abortion rights, now wants a Catholic
university to discipline its basketball coach for making pro-abortion
Repeated attempts to petition U.S. bishops fail
The American Catholic reform group Call to Action is continuing its
drive to pressure Lincoln, Neb., Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz to comply with the
U.S. bishops program for protecting children from sexual abuse.
If the core danger of the immediate period after the Second Vatican
Council (1962-65) was that legitimate reform might shade off into anything-goes
chaos, todays equal and opposite risk is a narrow traditionalism that, in
practice, holds that nothing should ever be done for the first time.
'The war is not over'
A couple of days after he had been sentenced to probation and a
relatively small fine for a protest against the war in Iraq, Jesuit Fr. John
Dear called the NCR offices. He had decided not to pay the fine and not
to cooperate with the probation. He had been told he would likely be arrested
in a day or two. He called because he was worried that he might miss deadlines
for the weekly column he writes for
NCRcafe.org, and he wanted to work
out an arrangement to get his columns out of jail.
What Bush has succeeded in doing is entangling the next
administration in a $1 trillion war.
-- The Mercury News of San Jose, Calif., assessing President
Bushs last State of the Union address and legacy
The 'girl' in power
A woman in the White House may be just more 'politics as
The iron wall in Gaza
Israel seeks to overthrow Hamas by sealing the borders.
Did Hitler think he was doing good?
Actor Will Smith's comment highlights the paradox of evil.
Thomas C. Fox
The nation was in a frenzy. It was into this mix
that a boy named Robert Ellsberg, only 13 at the time -- and later to become
one of the nations most prominent Catholic book publishers -- was
personally forced to encounter the Vietnam tragedy. It happened when his
father, Daniel Ellsberg, a highly placed Pentagon official, asked for his
sons support in discerning a moral question whose outcome could put the
father in prison.
Pentagon Papers revealed government lies
Thomas C. Fox
I arrived in Vietnam in June 1966, days after I graduated from college,
to work with an organization called International Voluntary Services, a kind of
Peace Corps in a war zone. My assignment was to work with countryside families
displaced by the war and living in refugee camps along the coast outside Tuy
Hoa in central Vietnam.
Shaping the moral landscape
Thomas C. Fox
Orbis Books is the book publishing arm of the Maryknoll Fathers and
Brothers. Founded in 1970 by Nicaraguan Maryknoll priest Miguel DEscoto
with Philip J. Scharper as its first editor in chief, its initial aim was to
amplify theological voices from the Third World. It was in this role, as the
primary publisher of liberation theology, that it earned its reputation.
In three books, Ellsberg explores how to be holy
Robert Ellsberg has written three books about saints.
In a recent interview, Tom Fox asked Ellsberg to explain his fascination with
Bishop apologizes for misuse of funds
Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., accused of misusing money
from two special funds, apologized Jan. 22 and said the questionable
expenditures will be covered by an anonymous donor.
Robert Kaisers novel joins a genre of what might be called
wishful ecclesial fiction, in which authors shake up the structures
of the Catholic church. Most well known are Morris Wests works The
Shoes of the Fisherman, published in 1963, and Clowns of God,
published in 1981, but he is far from alone.
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
New knowledge, changing ways
This week’s lead editorial promotes intellectual imagination, pastoral
experimentation and creative thought as ways in which Catholic identity must
evolve to meet the challenges of a changing world. Whether discussing new
leadership among the Jesuits or the mystery of
consciousness and the brain in our cover story, one thing is certain: The
Catholic intellectual tradition is as important as ever for interpreting our
faith in response to new knowledge and changing cultural circumstances.
Image editor Gregory Wolfe talks about the mission of his
Women in dangerous places
and Kevin Doherty
'Persepolis' tells of a girl growing up in turbulent Iran;
'Atonement' depicts a tragic misunderstanding; '4 Months' looks a women's lives
in communist Romania.
Poetry February 8, 2008
Letters for February 8, 2008
Classifieds for February 8, 2008
News Briefs for February 8, 2008
People for February 8, 2008
A memorable quote from this
Reading at Risk, a report cited in Fr. Raymond
Schroths media column in NCRs Jan. 25 issue, was published
by the National Endowment for the Arts. Dana Gioia is chairman of the National
Endowment for the Arts. The organization was misidentified in the column.
Michelle Malkin was identified in a New America Media story,
Immigration debate goes online, as an Asian blogger. Malkin is an
American citizen who writes a blog on a variety of issues from a conservative