Common Ground conference examines challenges of
icon of Christ in crisis.
In an explanation of the importance clergy hold in
the lives of Catholics, Fr. R.J. Cletus Kiley said, It seems to me that
most priests have had the experience of the smallest child in the parish coming
up to him and saying, Are you God?
Initiative battles misperceptions as
it strives for dialogue
With Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Murnion
co-sponsored the Catholic Common Ground initiative in 1996. Following
Bernardins death from cancer in November of that year, Murnion has headed
the initiative, which has sponsored an annual conference since spring 1997 in
which Catholics meet to exchange ideas.
For Msgr. Philip Murnion, the cost of seeking
common ground in the U.S. Catholic church has been high.
Police officer holds Holy Week
fast for release of records
This Holy Week was special here because it was the
first celebrated by Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony in his new cathedral. It
may become a memorable week, too, for what happened outside.
On the Temple Street sidewalk, Manuel Vega, a
36-year-old Oxnard, Calif., police officer, was committed to a 24/7 Holy Week
bread-and-water fast to urge Mahony to release all the internal archdiocesan
files on priests. Vega, as an altar boy, was sexually abused by a priest who
has since fled to Mexico.
Battling the bunker mentality
Legislator; lawyer work to give victims day in
This man is the reason we just got that
legislation through, said California State Sen. Joe Dunn, acknowledging
police officer Manuel Vega.
Vega -- doing his bread-and-water Holy Week fast
outside the Los Angeles cathedral in an attempt to convince Cardinal Roger
Mahony to release all the internal archdiocesan files on priests -- had
testified in Sacramento.
Southern California sees face
further budget cuts
Citing the economic downturn as the cause, the
hard-hit Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese and the Orange diocese are in the
throes of budget cutting for the fiscal year ahead. The Los Angeles
Times reported April 11 that Orange dioceses earnings from
investments had dropped from $26 million in 1999-2000 to zero in
Steinfels couple to receive Notre
Dames Laetare Medal
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
Catholic commentators Peter and Margaret
OBrien Steinfels will receive the University of Notre Dames Laetare
Medal for 2003 during the universitys commencement exercises May
The award, which Notre Dame calls the oldest and
most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, was announced March 28, two
days before Laetare Sunday, for which it is named.
Counterterrorism experts say new
immigration controls not much help
Catholic News Service
Former FBI and CIA counterterrorism experts said
April 3 that most of the immigration restrictions imposed since the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks have done little to improve national security and
wouldnt have kept any of the men implicated in those attacks from
entering the United States.
Analysis: the church’s legacy of misogyny
By Gary Macy
Scholar unearths medieval thought behind
Dr. Ida Raming is perhaps best known in the United
States as one of the seven women illicitly ordained to priesthood on June 29,
2002, and then soon after excommunicated by the Catholic church for refusing to
recant that ordination. In Europe, Raming (see related story) has long been
recognized as a pioneer of the womens ordination movement.
Ida Raming: Pioneer in womens
By Teresa Malcolm
Even before German theologian Ida Raming, 71, was
ordained with seven other women in June of last year, she was known as a
pioneer of the womens ordination movement in the Catholic church.
Together with Iris Müller, Raming published a submission to the Second
Vatican Council in 1963, challenging the all-male priesthood.
Standing up to tax charlatans
There are a lot of Americans, Democrats among
them, who should be standing up cheering for two Republicans right about
They are Sens. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine and
George V. Voinovich of Ohio, who, under enormous pressure from their party
leaders (and along with Democrats in the Senate) stood firm and reduced the
latest push for irresponsible tax cuts by more than half.
Commencement times big name
There was a buzz around Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles recently that there might be an honorary doctorate
for actor Mel Gibson come commencement time.
Hed be a delightfully controversial
selection for a Catholic university for several reasons, not least that
hes currently building a 600-seat Tridentine church in Malibu, Calif.
(His latest, self-funded, $25 million movie, Passion -- the story
of Christs Passion with dialogue in Aramaic and Latin, no subtitles --
promises to generate interest among the clinically curious plus develop a cult
following of some sort.)
Militarists rule on TV news
The networks offer ex-brass a new revolving
Here are a few of the retired soldiers appearing
on network television offering analysis and commentary on the combat in Iraq:
Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor, Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold,
Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd, Gen. Barry McCaffery, Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, Lt. Gen.
Don Edwards, Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerny, Col. Tony Koren, Lt. Col. Rick Francona,
Maj. Jack Stradley and Capt. Chris Lohman.
Tune the ear, untwist the tongue and make a Latino
Its official: Latinos are now the largest
minority in the United States. At 37 million we have exceeded the numbers of
African-Americans, according to Census Bureau data released in
How will the white majority of U.S. citizens
digest the news? Only two weeks before the bureau published the data, a white
woman in Phoenix looked me straight in the eye as she picked at her lettuce,
which was served to her by a Latino (and no doubt picked by one), and said,
Its turning into Mexico here.
on the night train
Pacific News Service
Reading the papers with their powerful images of
the war in Iraq these days, I had almost forgotten about the frightening
developments now taking place in this country in the name of homeland
security. But this morning my eyes fell on an item: Terrorism Task
Force Detains American Without Charges. Then the experience I had on the
train came back to me.
Ali Ismaeel Abbas longs for his
We dont view war in the right way. Our
television networks discuss strategy and show pictures of bombings, artillery
fire and advancing troops. Rarely do they show pictures of the victims, and
particularly of the children who are killed, maimed and orphaned. But war is
about children as well as about soldiers and strategy. Take, for example, the
story of Ali Ismaeel Abbas.
Encyclical reflects on Eucharist, warns of
John L. Allen Jr.
Aiming to rekindle Catholic amazement
over the Eucharist, as well as to banish dark clouds of unacceptable
doctrine and practice, John Paul II on Holy Thursday devoted the 14th
encyclical of his pontificate to the Eucharist and its relationship to the
Bishops pilgrimage offers symbol of
John L. Allen Jr.
Aiming to offer a symbol of unity and peace in a
time of war, three Christian bishops from San Francisco -- Greek Orthodox,
Episcopal and Roman Catholic -- moved across Europe in early April on an
unusual ecumenical pilgrimage.
Christians, Muslims fear Iraq wars
Elaine Ruth Fletcher
Religion News Service
People in Baghdad may have danced in the streets
over the fall of Saddam Hussein, but here in another corner of the Middle East,
Muslim and Christian Palestinians are reacting very differently to the rapid
course of the U.S. victory over Iraq.
THE EDITOR'S DESK
Not long ago, I had the first two pages of the
first issue of NCR (Oct. 28, 1964) copied and mounted. Theyre
still waiting to be framed and hung on my office walls.
The significance of those two pages came home last
week when I heard of the death of NCR founder Robert G. Hoyt (see
Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Hoyt had a
daring if straightforward dream: to bring good, independent reporting to
coverage of the Catholic church. He gave us our intellectual DNA and our
Robert Hoyt, NCR founder, dies at 81
By Tom Roberts
Sparked change in Catholic press by vigorous
National Catholic Reporter founder Robert
G. Hoyt, who brought the professional standards of secular journalism to
coverage of the Catholic church, died of a heart attack April 10 in Manhattan.
He was 81.
The diary of Ida Blatto
James Stephen Behrens
I used to go to used bookstores and rummage sales,
looking for old diaries and photograph books. I wondered how such treasures
ended up in places like that, being sold to strangers like me when they should
have been kept in the family.
Women leaders under the cross and
By Heidi Schlumpf
Muslim and Christian women explore female
leadership in their faith traditions.
Talk about timing. Just hours before the first
bombs fell on Baghdad in the Second Gulf War, a group of Muslim and Christian
men and women gathered to imagine how the world might be different if
leadership in churches, mosques and society were more open to women.
Hospitality helps open doors to
By Heidi Schlumpf
The signs in the bathroom stalls were the first
clue something was going on at Catholic Theological Union. Worried that the
seminary students might wonder about the watering cans that suddenly appeared
in their restrooms, organizers posted signs explaining they were for Muslim
ritual washings, or wudu in Arabic.
Church leaders antiwar message fails
in the pews
Religion News Service
It has been called organized religions most
unified antiwar stance since the latter days of the Vietnam
But public opinion polls show the spiritual
movement opposing war in Iraq has had little impact on churchgoers, much less
on the American public, both of which overwhelmingly support both the U.S.-led
invasion and President Bush.
Leaders of mainline Protestant denominations,
including the Episcopal church, the United Church of Christ and the United
Methodist church, opposed war, and Pope John Paul II worked passionately
O my Sisters in Christ, help me beg these
things of the Lord. This is why he has gathered you together here. This is your
vocation. These must be the business matters you are engaged in. These must be
the things you desire; the things you weep about. These must be the objects of
Letters for April
Classifieds for April
News Briefs for April 25, 2003
In the April 18 issue of NCR, the second
paragraph of Michael Welch's opinion article "Patriotism is not the highest
calling," is a quotation from a book
(The Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990 by Marilyn B. Young) he cited in the first
paragraph and should have been set inside quotation marks.
|"One does not
acquire a language like a wardrobe. Instead, we must be present to others,
humbly open to learning from the 'strangers' among us."
quote from this week's issue.