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April 1, 2002

Vol.186 / No.11
Books
Paul J. FitzgeraldApril 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. GuidoApril 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

Faith The Word
John R. DonahueApril 01, 2002

People frequently ask, “What is the church?” Today’s readings provide foundational images for God’s own people.

Editorials
The EditorsApril 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. MorrisseyApril 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

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJApril 01, 2002

A few months ago I received a phone call from a parishioner at St. Leo’s Church, in Stamford, Conn. It was something of a surprise: the last time I had set foot in that church was almost 14 years ago. During our conversation, I mentioned how important the parish had been in my life, and that I

Books
Gerald T. CobbApril 01, 2002

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 her memory for devoted fans and to introduce her to new audiences In Iris Murdoch A Life Peter J Conradi offers a wide-ranging look at the life of a writer and p