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April 1, 2002

Vol.186 / No.11
Poem
Kathleen O'Toole April 01, 2002

She who is known by myth and association

News

Cardinal Law Hears Concerns of Boston Catholics On the verge of tears, a sorrowful Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law told more than 2,500 area Catholics who gathered March 9 to discuss clergy sex abuse of minors, "In my most horrible nightmares I would never have imagined that we would have come to th

Books
Paul J. Fitzgerald April 01, 2002

Sin is the hardest thing in the world to explain but the easiest thing to demonstrate When we pray Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us we only rarely sense the mystery within these words the enormity of the suffering that sin engenders and the possibility of he

Joseph J. Guido April 01, 2002

The trial of John J. Geoghan, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Boston who is alleged to have molested more than 100 children, has been a distressing reminder that sexual abuse is committed by priests. It has also been a goad to action. Under pressure from the media and, in turn, civil authoriti

The Word
John R. Donahue April 01, 2002

The period from Easter to Pentecost celebrates the presence of the risen Christ in the church The gift of the Spirit to the fearful disciples and the appearance to ldquo doubting Thomas rdquo complete the Easter octave when early Christians doffed the white robes of baptism and entered a period

Editorials
The Editors April 01, 2002

In this issue, America deals with a crisis that is causing enormous pain and great scandal in the churchsexual abuse by priests. These crimesthere is no other word for themhave physically, psychologically and spiritually damaged hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children and their families. They have

Paul F. Morrissey April 01, 2002

"Gay priests are living a lie", declares Garry Wills in his book Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit (Doubleday, 2000). As a priest-psychotherapist who has spent 25 years conducting workshops, support groups and retreats for gay priests and religious men and women, this statement and those who