Michael Patrick O'Connor and Sidney H. Griffith
Baghdad looting destroys archeological connections to cradle of
civilization, Old Testament and early Christian history.
The transition from war to emerging peace in Iraq has been in some
respects a disaster.
Important parts of the country’s heritage
were plundered or destroyed in the chaos that followed the collapse of the
Baathist regime in Baghdad April 9, and the destruction of cultural
property seems to be continuing. ...
L. Allen Jr.
Vatican-Israel chill will not break ties, ambassador says.
Against the backdrop of yet another much-anticipated Middle East peace
initiative, Israels outgoing ambassador to the Holy See granted
NCR an exclusive April 30 interview reviewing his three years at the
heart of the relationship between Israel and the Vatican, and between
Catholicism and Judaism.
Bishop calls on government to stop human trafficking
Catholic News Service
An Indonesian bishop said he wants the government to stop the
trafficking of women and children in the diocese amid reports that the crime
was increasing. Bishop Agustinus Agus of Sintang said trafficking has increased
in his diocese and in the neighboring Pontianak archdiocese and Sanggau
diocese. All three are in West Kalimantan province, which borders Malaysia on
Borneo Island. The bishop cited recent local reports about a rampant trade in
babies and women in Sarawak.
Santa María de Fe, Paraguay
Paraguays ruling party keeps grip on power, but there is cause for
It seems to have escaped the notice of the worlds press that April
27 was the Paraguayan general election. Paraguays neighbor, Argentina,
had an election on the same day. The two countries are covered by the same
correspondents and they could not be in two places at once. But Paraguay is
always the forgotten country.
Comments by Republican Sen. Rick Santorum linking homosexual
acts with incest, adultery, bigamy and polygamy have divided some
elements of the Republican Party, and led leading Democrats to call for
Santorum to step down as chairman of the Republican Conference, one of the
three highest leadership positions held by Senate Republicans. NCR found
opinion on the remarks among some Catholic leaders to be equally
Unfortunately, Santorum, Vatican in step
Some defenders of Sen. Rick Santorum -- the Catholic League for Civil
and Religious Rights and National Reviews Kate OBeirne among
them -- argue that the Pennsylvania senators provocative comments on the
legal rights of gays mirror authoritative Catholic teaching.
Regrettably, theyre right.
The empire rolls back
To the nearly 10,000 residents of Vieques, Puerto Rico, May 1 was a day
For more than 50 years, Vieques was used by the U.S. Navy for bombing
practice and training, resulting in all manner of catastrophe, from
environmental degradation and disease to displacement of many families who
called the island off the Puerto Rican mainland home.
The Navy finally abandoned the outpost following decades of protest.
High stakes gambling in the grocery aisles
Each item in the cart can add and subtract years from my life.
Its tax day. I should be worrying about what I reported or failed
to report. Instead Im consumed by thoughts of leafy greens as I head
toward the produce department at Smiths supermarket.
South Africa's historic commission sets model for national healing
On March 21 Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission he chaired ended their work of more than seven years by presenting
their findings and recommendations to South African President Thabo Mbeki. This
monumental development in international law has been replicated in some 15
nations and might well have created a model for the conduct of countries at the
end of a civil war or a period of occupation.
By Kathy Kelly
Pacific News Service
On a recent morning, as nurses dug graves in front of the Al Mansour
Hospital, Baghdad University lay in ruins and the Red Cross warned that the
citys medical system was collapsing, two musicians from this wounded city
came to our hotel room.
Majid Al-Ghazali and Hisham Sharaf hoped to call relatives outside Iraq
on our satellite phone. Hishams home was badly damaged during the war.
One month ago, I was the director of the Baghdad Symphony
Orchestra, Hisham said with an ironic smile. Now what am
THE EDITOR'S DESK
Sometime in the late 1980s, if memory serves, I was in an office in
midtown Manhattan at the news service where I worked when a courier delivered a
few sheets of paper to my door and asked for some sum under $5 for the service.
Under $5 for just about anything in Manhattan is a bargain. This was no
exception. The papers contained a story from our correspondent in Israel. The
story, I later learned, had somehow hopped about in the ether from a computer
in Jerusalem to computers somewhere in Europe and finally to New York. It was
an early form of e-mail. The Internet was about to burst on the scene.
The God of flesh and fingers
Was there anything more comforting, more indulging than my mothers
every-other-day ritual of sudsing and rinsing my hair when I was a little girl?
I remember perching on a stool, my head bobbing up from a basin filled with
tepid water, her hands massaging my scalp with a mixture of purpose and
pleasure. On days when she was not rushed, she would let me experiment by
spiking and plying foam into imaginative hairstyles, too exotic for everyday
NCR launches its next generation Web presence.
Quietly, somewhat unnoticed, in the wee early hours of April 4, big
changes came to the Web site that the National Catholic Reporter has
maintained since 1996.
See what you've missed
You may have missed the Web site relaunch April 4, but you dont
have to miss any of the Web exclusives we have posted since then. Everything is
saved in the archives on NCRonline.org. Here are some of the Web
exclusives that have appeared since April 4...
for May 9, 2003
for May 9, 2003
World & Nation / Addenda
News Briefs for May
Addenda for May 9, 2003
SCOTT ALLEN HAIN, 32, was executed in Oklahoma April 3.
DON WILSON HAWKINS, 43, was executed in Oklahoma April 8.
EARL C. BRAMBLETT, 61, was executed in Virginia April 9.
LARRY KENNETH JACKSON, 40, was executed in Oklahoma April 17.
JUAN CHAVEZ, 34, was executed in Texas April 22.
GARY BROWN, 44, was executed in Alabama April 24. Brown was the 848th person executed in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
We ask prayers for the victims of the crimes that may have been committed by those listed here, for those executed and for those participating in executions done in our names.
|'The other parties don't give food.
All they have to give is honesty. And you cannot eat honesty. ... So we eat
today, and then for the next five years we suffer.'
memorable quote from this week's issue.