External Publications

The following are individual or ongoing publications that may be of interest to NACAR members and those developing their associate-religious relationship.

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Associates of Religious Institutes - A Way Forward

This article by Amy Hereford, CSJ, Attorney Canonist, provides a summary of the development of associates and touches on some of the canonical issues. Please note that this is a PDF document.

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CARA study on Catholic Women in the United States

The survey of Catholic Women was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) with The GfK Group (GfK, formerly Knowledge Networks) for America Magazine. GfK has recruited the first online research panel that is representative of the entire United States population. Panel members are randomly recruited through probability-based sampling, and households are provided with access to the Internet and hardware if needed. For this study, GfK sampled households from its KnowledgePanel to conduct a survey between August 3, 2017 and August 24, 2017. A total of 1,508 women self-identifying as Catholic in the United States completed the survey (in English or Spanish). The margin of sampling error for the overall sample is ±2.5 percentage points. Using survey and Census data, CARA estimates that there are 37.3 million Catholic females in the United States at the time of the survey. Of this population, 28.8 million are adults.

Interest in this survey emerged out of one of NACAR's Creative Conversations. Aside from the CARA study, itself, you can find more about the survey and Catholic Women in the January 22, 2018 of America Magazine and an online video at America Magazine Facebook page.

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Global Sisters Report

Global Sisters Report is an independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. Our network of journalists report about their lives and works, and sisters write commentary from their perspective. Global Sisters Report is a project of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company.

The following articles specifically refer to associates:

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However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis

However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis, chronicles what the LCWR learned as it went through a six-year doctrinal investigation by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). CDF publicly questioned the fundamentals of LCWR and called for a reform of the organization, an action that stirred great concern among members of the Catholic Church, and many others throughout the world who saw the Vatican’s action as repressive and unjust. In the book, the Catholic sisters who were leaders of LCWR during those years share what helped them navigate that crisis in ways that might be useful for anyone attempting to work through confrontation in today’s fractured world.

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National Catholic Reporter

NCR is a religious news source with worldly interests, and though a large amount of its reporting deals with issues of the Catholic church, an equal amount of its coverage is a marriage of the religious, political and social forces shaping public policies and institutions. We are concerned for all people and we are committed to shaping a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being, regardless of religious belief, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

From time to time they have articles on associates, including the following:

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