story -- Bioethics -- Analysis
John L. Allen Jr.
In the court of public opinion, Roman Catholicism usually looms as the
great Doctor No of bioethical debate. From abortion to birth
control, from homosexuality to embryonic stem-cell research, the wearily
familiar pattern is for officialdom to strike a restrictive position, leading
critics to clamor for greater tolerance.
The nightmare scenario of organ donation
John L. Allen Jr.
While the claim that organ donation almost always involves killing a
living person may strike most Catholic ethicists and physicians as exaggerated,
few dispute the potential for abuse. The recent case of Ruben Navarro offers a
chilling nightmare scenario.
Anti-torture activists in Egypt scored a rare win Nov. 5 when an
Egyptian judge handed down three-year prison sentences in a high-profile case
to two police officers filmed last year abusing and sodomizing a man with a
Suicide operations evolve into a tactical method for
Korean priests advocate a more democratic church
The Catholic church should embrace democracy in
order to be relevant to modern society, a Korean priest said at a recent
symposium on pastoral work.
For 10 years Teresa Stanley has lived in the shadow of Blackwater USA,
the private contracting firm that has brought in about $1 billion in contracts
to protect U.S. officials in Iraq.
JustFaith program can change lives
JustFaith is an intensive adult formation program in Catholic social
teaching. Centered on parish-based small groups, JustFaith leads participants
through a 30-week study, using books, lectures, videos and prayer.
The Catholic reform movement Call to Action is getting back to its roots
-- tackling racism, one of the issues that brought it to life in Detroit 30
years ago. The theme of this years national conference was From Racism
to Reconciliation: Church Beyond Power and Privilege.
Jesuit faces federal sex abuse charges
Jesuit Fr. Donald J. McGuire is facing federal charges of traveling to another
country with a minor for the purpose of committing sex acts, according to court
documents filed in Chicago Nov. 1.
The lore and lure of marketing
The holidays are approaching. Registers are ringing. Big deal.
We did 30 minutes comparing naturally grown tomatoes to
unnaturally grown tomatoes.
-- Jim Lehrer of Public Broadcastings The News Hour
saying that he is against spicing up news with entertainment and
partisan commentary. You want to be entertained? Go to the circus,
Eisenhower's lesson for Bush
Sign says, 'No Trespassing' at the border, 'Help wanted' at the workplace
Thomas C. Fox
In our runaway economy, “more” no longer means “better,” says Bill McKibben, an American environmentalist who
frequently writes about global warming. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he
organized the largest demonstrations against global warming in American
In spring the dark
hush is soon interrupted by the call of a single faraway whippoorwill. Another
joins in, then another. These elusive birds hide by day but come out at night to hawk for moths
and advertise for mates.
The world is about to change
For 15 years now, some small percentage of the worlds scientists,
diplomats and activists has inhabited one of those strange dreams where the
dreamer desperately needs to warn someone about something bad and imminent; but
somehow, no matter how hard he shouts, the other person in the dream --
standing smiling, perhaps, with his back to an oncoming train -- cant
Thomas C. Fox
An unusual alliance of progressive and conservative groups lobbied
vigorously last week in a last ditch effort to radically change the 2007 Farm
Bill, attempting to end a system of farm subsidies widely criticized for
favoring agribusiness while harming small farmers here and overseas.
Investigation finds faulty child protection
The Associated Press published a series of articles last month detailing the
results of a seven-month investigation into sexual misconduct among educators
across the United States.
$10.9 million verdict won't stop Phelps' anti-gay crusade
Religion News Service
Its going to take more than a $10.9 million jury award to stop
Pastor Fred Phelps and his Kansas church from picketing military funerals with
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Our greatest responsibility
This weeks issue of NCR contains a special section devoted to
family life. Particular emphasis is upon the problematic issues facing children
in a consumer-driven society. Our children have become targets of marketers and
are now part of the corporate world’s supply-and-demand business agenda for
increasing profits. When we speak of child abuse, it goes beyond sexual abuse,
although children are targets of that too, as reported in this week’s story on
the emerging awareness of sex abuse in the public school systems in this
country. Using children in a manner that objectifies them for personal or
corporate satisfaction is a form of violence.
Even in the 21st century, the story of sugar isnt all sweet.
J.T. Rogers' riveting play 'The Overwhelming' looks at the days
preceding the Rwandan genocide.
Taking a fresh look at Joseph
Poetry November 16, 2007
Letters for November 16, 2007
Classifieds for November 16, 2007
News Briefs for November 16, 2007
People for November 16, 2007
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