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Special Documents
Full text of Cardinal Stafford’s statment The Prospect of War Between Iraq and the United States.
Posted February 11, 2003.

Cover note from Trinitarian Fr. Stan DeBoe to U.S. Ambassador James Nicholson
Posted February 4, 2003.

Letter from U.S. Catholic leaders to U.S. Ambassador
Posted February 4, 2003.

Transcript of interview with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by Joe Feuerherd.
(Excerpts printed in the January 24 issue of NCR.)
Posted January 22, 2003.

Voices of the Faithful -- the preamble and four motions adopted December 11.
Posted December 12, 2002.

Posted November 22, 2002.

Presentation by Sr. Joan Chittister at the “THE GLOBAL PEACE INITIATIVE OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL LEADERS” October 7, 2002.
Posted November 15, 2002.

Statement of the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, Bishop of Belleville regarding the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy or Other Church Personnel. Dated October 18, 2002.
Posted October 18, 2002.

Letter dated October 14, 2002 from Cardinal Re to Bishop Gregory regarding the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy or Other Church Personnel
Posted October 18, 2002.

Letter dated October 15, 2002 from Bishop Gregory to Cardinal Re regarding the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy or Other Church Personnel
Posted October 18, 2002.

Listing of the documents of Vatican II.
Posted September 26, 2002.

A listing of the 21 Ecumenical Church Councils.
Posted September 26, 2002.

Critique of the Dallas Charter
By Msgr. Thomas Green of the Catholic University of America 
Posted September 19, 2002.

After September 11: Is a Conflict of Civilizations Inevitable?
Presentation by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to the “Religion and Cultures: Between Conflict and Dialogue” summit in Sant’Egidio, September 1-3, 2002. 
Posted September 18, 2002.

Roundtable dedicated to “Prayer at the root of peace”
Presentation by His Beatitude Cardinal Ignatius Moussa I Daoud to the “Religion and Cultures: Between Conflict and Dialogue” summit in Sant’Egidio, September 1-3, 2002. 
Posted September 18, 2002

The standards by which war with Iraq must be judged
Article by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in the London Times, September 5, 2002 
Posted September 18, 2002.

Interview with Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican Undersecretary for Relations with States
From L’Avvenire, September 10, 2002 
Posted September 18, 2002.

Complete text of Kathleen DiGiulio’s interview of Leslie Lothstein
Posted August 26, 2002.

Complete text of Eugene Kennedy’s essay “Dallas: The Latest Remake of Frankenstein”
Posted August 26, 2002.

Letter from Cardinal Medina regarding translation of Missale Romanum

Report from Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: "Observations on the English-language Translation of the Roman Missal"
Posted May 16, 2002.

The document in PDF format is posted here in 4 parts. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document. 
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Posted May 10, 2002

Catholic leaders respond to the U.S. Catholic bishops’ pastoral letter, “Living with Faith and Hope after September 11th”.
Posted December 20, 2001
Re-posted January 3, 2002.

Sr. Adele Brambilla's report on diocesan institutes to the Council of 16
Posted November 30, 2001.

Full text of the Manifesto of the Catholic Associations to the Leaders of the G-8.
Posted July 25, 2001

Full text of Sr. Joan Chittister’s Address at the Women’s Ordination Worldwide conference 2001 in Dublin, June 30, 2001.
Posted July 18, 2001.

Link to Liturgiam Authenticam on Vatican website. This replaces Comme le prévoit.
You should be able to choose from various translations. 
Posted May 18, 2001.

Comme le prévoit, instruction on liturgical translation
Dated January 25, 1969.

Full text of Sr. Joan Chittister’s Closing Address at the NCEA, April 20, 2001.
Posted April 26, 2001.

Full text of document quoted in April 13 issue of NCR.
Posted April 9, 2001.

Documents quoted in March 16 issue of NCR.
Nuns targeted in Africa and elsewhere.
Posted March 9, 2001.

Paul Collins’s explanation of his resignation from the priesthood.

Letter of response from Cardinal Ratzinger to Fr. Michael Curran.

Link to July 16, 1999 article mentioned in Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter to Fr. Curran.
Posted March 9, 2001.

Documentation pertaining to the case of Fr. Jacques Dupuis, S.J.
Posted March 5, 2001.

Complete text of interview with Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga.
Posted March 2, 2001.

Link to the Family and Marriage and ‘De facto’ Unions document at the Vatican website.
Posted January 8, 2001

Response from Gerald Renner to an open letter that appears on the Web site operated by the Legion of Christ.
Posted December 11, 2000.

Memorandum from J. Augustine Di Noia, OP regarding: Draft of a Report on the Enneagram
Posted October 19, 2000.

Draft from the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices 
Posted October 19, 2000.
[corrected 10/23/2001]

Full text of Dominus Iesus. From the Vatican website.
Posted September 12, 2000.

Full text of “Note on the Expression ‘Sister Churches.’”
Posted September 5, 2000.

From the organizers and speakers of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s conference (3 July, 2000): “Separation of Faith and Hate: Sexual Diversity, Religious Intolerance and Strategies for Change,” at Rome World Pride 2000
Posted July 6, 2000

The full text of 1994 We Believe statement
Posted May 4, 2000

The full text of Archbishop Francesco Pio Tamburrino to Bishop Maurice Taylor of Galloway.
Posted April 4, 2000

The full text of John Paul’s remarks at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
Posted March 28, 2000

The full text of John Paul’s remarks at the Dehaisheh refugee camp.
Posted March 28, 2000

Archbishop Weakland’s letter to priests -- dated January 7, 2000
Posted March 6, 2000

(Final Statement of the 7th FABC Plenary Assembly, 
Samphran, Thailand, January 3--13, 2000) 
Posted January 27, 2000. [corrected April 11, 2000].

Comme le prévoit, instruction on liturgical translation
Dated January 25, 1969.

Letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments regarding: The International Commission of English in the Liturgy
Dated October 26, 1999

Discourse of the Holy Father to Prelates of the Episcopal Conference of the Federal Republic of Germany during their “Ad Limina Apostolorum” Visit (Third Group)
Dated November 20, 1999.

Cover letter from Cardinal Vlk and Metropolitan Jérémie Caligiorgis regarding CHARTA ECUMENICA FOR EUROPE


European Synod Coverage

2nd special assembly for Europe, 1999: Instrumentum Laboris
This is the working document for the Second European Synod.

Congress of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests held July 28-Aug. 1, 1999 at Emory University in Atlanta. Full text versions of the major addresses at the conference may be accessed by clicking here.
Posted November 14, 2000. These articles were mentioned in the August 13, 1999 issue of NCR.

Gramick and Nugent documents from July 30, 1999 issue of NCR

Ecclesia in America
Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation signed Jan. 23rd during the pope’s visit to Mexico. 

Vatican document to commemorate the Year of Older Persons, "The Dignity of Older People and Their Mission in the Church and in the World"

Statement of Most Reverend Edwin F. O'Brien Archbishop for the Military Services, USA
December 30, 1998

Link to the Ex Corde document at the Vatican website.
Posted November 13, 1998. Corrected January 11, 2001.

Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice
A Pastoral Reflection on Lay Discipleship for Justice in a New Millennium 
The Nov. 19 U.S. bishops' document includes NCR commentary.

Economic Justice for All
The U.S. bishops' pastoral letter is posted in full on American University's listserver. This link takes you directly to it. To explore other resources on AU's server, click here

Fides et Ratio
Pope John Paul II's most recent encyclical.

Ad Tuendam Fidem
Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter. (The July 17 NCR includes analysis and commentary.)

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger comments on Tuendam
The prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith elaborates on the apostolic letter.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The preamble to the 1948 U.N. declaration.

Synod for Asia: reports of the working groups
Discussion groups reveal differences in approach between Asian bishops and Roman curia (excerpts, compiled by Publisher Tom Fox, who reported on the synod from Rome until May 1).

Synod for Asia: Asian bishops speak
Each participating bishop was allowed an address to the assembled synod. Here are summaries of some addresses, compiled by Publisher Tom Fox (see above).

Briggs & Stratton: the judge's opinion
The last remaining parts of a defamation suit filed against NCR by Briggs & Stratton three years ago was recently dismissed. Read the judges opinion here.

“Towards a Better Distribution of Land”
The complete document referred to in the April 3, 1998, NCR (Ill fares the land). 
Posted April 2, 1998

Vatican's March 12 document on the Holocaust
This is a link to the Vatican's Web site and the document "We Remember: Reflections on the Shoah." The page will appear in a new window while this page remains open; to exit the document and return here, simply close the new window.

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Japanese bishops respond to Vatican guidelines for Asian synod
Also, links to the complete lineamenta, instrumentum laboris and Japanese bishops’ conference.

“New Wine Into Fresh Wine Skins”
A letter from Bishop Donald Trautman to Cardinal Roger Mahony.

“Gather Faithfully Together.”
Bishop Trautman's letter was a response to this pastoral letter from Cardinal Mahony. (Note: Going to this document, you will leave NCR Online. To get back here, use your browser's "Back" button.)

"ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers." 
The NCCB statement.

“Tradition and the Ordination of Women”
Submitted for consideration at the CTSA convention in Minneapolis, June 5, 1997. 

Resolution regarding the Task Force document on "Tradition and the Ordination of Women." 
The Board of the Catholic Theological Society of America endorses the conclusion of the paper.

Thoughts on the Decree on Lay Ministers
Statement from retired Innsbruck, Austria, Bishop Reinhold Stecher. 

U.S. cardinals' letter on Iraq
A letter to President Bill Clinton dated February 12

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's letter on Iraq
A letter addressed to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dated February 5

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