National Catholic Reporter
The Independent Newsweekly

Issue of November 9, 2007

November 9, 2007 -- NCR front cover


For articles not available in the back issue section, you may search the NCR archives.

Also, while the majority of our stories are available at no cost, due to copyright restrictions, some of our stories are available as premium content open only to subscribers.

Thank you for visiting our Web site.  We are pleased to be able to make this service available to you.

www.ncrcafe.orgJoin the Converstion
is introducing new interactive and participatory Web technology that will allow a community of people to read about and respond to the issues shaping our church today. It is contained in a new Web site, we call Please accept this invitation to explore it. To add your comments, you must register.


Denotes premium content that is restricted to subscribers.
This Web site is best viewed with Explorer 6.0 and higher or Netscape 4.7 and higher.
   This Week’s Edition: November 9, 2007 

Vol. 44 No. 3   
Cover story -- Franz Jägerstätter
'A man for the world'

By Tom Roberts
Beatification honors married farmer's heroic stance.

Full story
Pax Christi cofounder's book advanced Jägerstätter's cause

By Tom Roberts
Few in the world knew of the Austrian farmer who refused to join the German war effort before Gordon Zahn wrote In Solitary Witness: The Life and Death of Franz Jägerstätter. The book was published in 1964 and quickly became an essential text for Catholics worldwide, but especially those in the United States, dealing with issues of conscientious objection and one’s obligation when a Christian believes that what a state demands conflicts with conscience.

Full story
Traditional Anglicans ask for communion with Catholics

By Catholic News Service
Parishioners from three Church of Ireland parishes have joined traditional Anglicans from 12 other countries in requesting that the Catholic church receive them into full communion.

Full story
Woman rabbi takes the heat for Catholic ordinations

By Pamela Schaeffer
Two Catholic women are being ordained by Roman Catholic Womenpriests here Nov. 11, prompting outrage from Catholic officials -- outrage that, surprisingly, is directed less at the women aspiring to the Catholic priesthood, or at the movement ordaining them, than toward a rabbi who agreed to host the event.

Full story
Faith groups hold screenings of anti-torture film

By Religion News Service
As part of a new initiative led by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, houses of worship nationwide are sponsoring more than 500 screenings of a documentary investigating U.S. maltreatment of detainees.

Full story
Archbishop, priests resist anti-immigration law

By Religion News Service
Archbishop Eusebius Beltran and a council of priests have joined an ecumenical “Pledge of Resistance” against one of the nation’s broadest state laws restricting illegal immigration.

Full story
Torture victims find U.S. a source of hope and new fears

By Mike Newall
As Sauda remembers it, the men mostly came in groups. In the country she left behind, she was taken from her home at midnight after participating in a peaceful protest demonstration and whisked away with bound wrists. Before relatives paid for her freedom, she was imprisoned for 35 days, held in a small cement room with a barrel as her toilet. Dull light filtered through the metal bars.

Full story
NCR Editorials
U.S. food aid: Switch to cash

We Americans are accustomed to seeing ourselves generous and, indeed, many among us are extraordinarily generous. What, then, might surprise many is a scandalous lack of generosity in the aid policies of our government.

Full editorial
A legacy of journalistic scrutiny

It is only in recent decades that religion reporting, once an enterprise largely confined to reprints of Sunday sermons and schedules of services, began to become more visible as a respected component of general news. Gerald Renner, a writer most recently known for his investigative work on the secretive Legionaries of Christ, was one of those instrumental in helping to move religion reporting from the pious ghetto of the old “church pages” into the mainstream of newspapers and magazines.

Full editorial
Quotable & Notable

“Take a few minutes and write a note to Britney Spears. No preaching. No criticizing. Just love. ... Let’s love Britney the way Jesus loves her.”

-- Pastor John Weece to his congregation at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky.

More quotes

Colman McCarthy

A rabble-rouser in the parish

Full story
Cardinal points

By Linda Gunter
Pope Benedict XVI recently urged the abandonment of nuclear weapons, citing the genuine proliferation concerns this lethal and immoral technology represents. But during his July public address at Castel Gandolfo, the pontiff expressed a widely held but erroneous assumption: that the spread of civilian nuclear technology can help to alleviate poverty and even contribute to “peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.”

Full story
Farm Bill reaches Senate floor

By Rich Heffern
Advocacy groups hope for cap on subsidy payments.

Full story
Patron saints for farmers

By Erin Ryan
Farm workers have their choice when it comes to invoking patron saints.

Full story
Song from '50s still paying off

By Peter Finney Jr.
Fr. Cayet Mangiaracina, who co-wrote “Hello, Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart,” simply shakes his head and chuckles as he collects thousands of dollars in royalty checks for a rock ’n’ roll classic that he cowrote in the 1950s.

Full story
Inside NCR

Rita Larivee


What price Christianity?
When we least expect it, life can challenge our beliefs in a way that does not allow for compromise. To preserve the integrity of a decision, we may have to pay a high price. In late October, NCR sent Tom Roberts to Austria to attend the beatification ceremony of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who was executed Aug. 9, 1943, for his refusal to serve the Nazi army. Our decisions are seldom of this magnitude, but Jägerstätter’s life forces us to reflect on whether there is anything in our own beliefs for which we would lay down our lives. What value do we place on our beliefs? Which ones cannot be compromised?

Full story

A misfit poet of heaven

By Veronica Whitty
Ne'er-do-well Francis Thompson wrote the still-haunting 'Hound of Heaven.'

Full story
Catholic pacifist prolife activist, Stephen J. Spiro dies

By Patrick O'Neill
In his obituary, longtime Catholic peace activist Stephen J. Spiro called himself a “political criminal.” Spiro, who lost his battle with liposarcoma Oct. 23 in New Jersey, made sure he said his goodbyes to the scores of people he knew from close to 50 years as a consistent life Catholic pacifist, pro-life activist and war resister.

Full story
Life in close-ups

By Joseph Cunneen and Kevin Doherty
'Lake of Fire' is a documentary debate on abortion; 'Things We Lost in the Fire' is about family replacements.

Full story

 Letters to the Editor

Letters for November 9, 2007

Classifieds for November 9, 2007

News Briefs for November 9, 2007

People for November 9, 2007

Last Words
'I don't mind death -- I almost look forward to it. But the process of dying is aggravating as all hell!

-- Stephen J. Spiro

A memorable quote from this week's issue.

Copyright © The National Catholic Reporter Publishing  Company
115 E. Armour Blvd., Kansas City, MO   64111 (TEL 1-816-531-0538  FAX 1-816-968-2268)
Send comments about this Web site to:   PRIVACY POLICY    ADVERTISING POLICY