The National Catholic Review

April 1, 2002

Vol. 186 No. 11Whole No. 4564


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. These crimesthere is no other word for themhave physically, psychologically and spiritually damaged hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children and their families.

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.


The Present Scandal
A Personal View
Are Gay Priests Living a Lie?
Paul F. Morrissey
Understanding the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests
Joseph J. Guido
The Importance of Perspective

Books and Culture

Son of Shanghai
Paul J. Fitzgerald
Sin is the hardest thing in the world to explain but the easiest thing to demonstrate.
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
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
The Magdalen, a Garden and This
Kathleen O'Toole
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