This weeks issue is a heavy one, replete with the worlds problems, yet leavened with a spirit of hope. For example:
If you look beyond the obvious in these stories, youll see that, though each is based on bad news, the events that brought them to the surface are actually good news.
The trial in Guatemala was a landmark. The convictions are a first step toward justice and a victory for individuals and organizations that have courageously labored in behalf of truth.
In societys efforts to address the problem of domestic violence, Catholics are increasingly involved. Clergy, sometimes slow to recognize the seriousness of the problem, are beginning to follow the lead of nuns, who have been in the forefront.
In the case of sexual abuse of nuns by clergy, the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life in South Africa has pledged to seek ways to combat it.
It may not be light reading in our news pages in this second issue of summer, but it isnt as dreary as it might at first appear. In each case, the articles we entrust to our readers are just as much about people working for justice and a better world as they are about the problems that all of us, in one way or another, face.
As we go to press with this issue, we are missing our dedicated editor Tom Roberts, even as we vicariously revel in the two weeks he is spending with his family at the Jersey shore. This vacation marks the first time in the NCR staffs memory that Tom has made a complete break with land phones, cell phones and e-mail. Hell be back next issue, tanned and fit.
-- The editors
National Catholic Reporter, June 29, 2001