April 1, 2002

Vol. 186 No. 11Whole No. 4564

Editorials

Healing and Credibility

In this issue, America deals with a crisis that is causing enormous pain and great scandal in the churchsexual abuse by priests.

Easter in Our Time

During the Easter triduum this year, homilists will find themselves, sadly, with a great deal of contemporary material that echoes the story of Good Friday. The events of Sept.

Articles

The Present Scandal
Anonymous

It began one Sunday in September when we noticed an unfamiliar priest celebrating Mass. The monsignor, who introduced himself as the director of priest personnel for the diocese, had bad news.

Beyond Myths and Denial
Pegi Taylor

Jodi Zierhut, a parole and probation agent for the Department of Corrections in Milwaukee, Wis., escorts a client out of her office. She has a caseload of about 40 sex offenders.

Are Gay Priests Living a Lie?
Paul F. Morrissey

"Gay priests are living a lie", declares Garry Wills in his book Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit (Doubleday, 2000).

Understanding the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests
Joseph J. Guido

The trial of John J.

Psychological Treatment of Priest Sex Offenders
Curtis Bryant

The painful news of priest sex offenders is back, emerging with the familiar tale of suffering, shame and sorrow.

Books and Culture

Books
Son of Shanghai
Paul J. Fitzgerald
Sin is the hardest thing in the world to explain but the easiest thing to demonstrate.
Books
A Hungry Philosopher
Gerald T. Cobb
The novelist Iris Murdoch died only two years ago at the age of 79, but already a memoir, film and biography have appeared to preserve he
Books
Home to Three
Drew Christiansen
Its name evokes peace, but Jerusalem is a city in constant turmoil, where controversy often turns deadly.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Directions to the Nearest Church
John R. Donahue
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ
Poem
The Magdalen, a Garden and This
Kathleen O'Toole
Letters
Letters
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