Why active Catholics love NCR

This article appears in the Webathon 2017 feature series. View the full series.

Dear NCR lovers,

Where would we be without NCR's national and international reporting, thoughtful reflection, insightful book reviews, and discerning commentary on all things Catholic — indeed, all things Christian?  It is critical to have NCR reporters and commentators turn a Catholic-Christian lens on the extraordinary challenges facing us today — especially right now in the U.S. 

But good reporting and good fact checking takes money. 

This is why I hope you will donate today to NCR’s annual Webathon. 

In addition to providing exceptional analysis of changes in U.S. politics that are challenging our Christianity, NCR's coverage of the Vatican and Pope Francis is indispensable at this time of unprecedented change in our church.  As responsible Catholics, we need to know where things stand with accountability for clergy sex abuse, Vatican compliance with international banking standards, and the consequences of failure to address the international priest shortage, just to name a few.

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None of this reporting — what I've heard NCR editor Dennis Coday describe as "boots on the ground journalism" — can happen without the financial support of readers like you.

NCR’s in-depth coverage and analysis about the Vatican’s commission on female deacons, the inspiring global ministries of women religious, whether women are advancing in church decision-making (or not), and rapidly-evolving LGBTQ issues provide activist Catholics — young and old — with the facts they need to transform sexism and homophobia in church structures.

I have been a fan of NCR long before I became a regular columnist writing Simply Spirit.  I'm a fan because NCR is fearless in taking on the power players in the Catholic Church, from bishops who cover up sex abuse, to the Knights of Columbus whose money — as Tom Roberts' fine investigative piece recently uncovered — plays an outsize role in U.S. politics.

All of this breaking news and analysis comes from an uncommonly dedicated team of NCR writers, reporters, and administrative staff. 

We’re hoping to attract 2,000 donors during the Webathon.  Won’t you help us?

[St. Joseph Sr. Christine Schenk served urban families for 18 years as a nurse midwife before co-founding FutureChurch, where she served for 23 years. She holds master's degrees in nursing and theology.]

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