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PORTRAITS OF GRIEF. Quilts bearing photos of victims of sexual abuse by priests of the Los Angeles archdiocese, Feb. 2013 (CNS photo/David McNew, Reuters)
FaithShort Take
Kathleen McChesney
Would full disclosure of the names of clergy offenders help these survivors and the countless other men and women who have still not reported their abuse to come forward?
Family photos, via AP and NBC News
Politics & SocietyShort Take
James Martin, S.J.
Gun control is about the defense of life.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
James T. Keane
There is a surefire cure for pride, however, and it is as simple as a reminder of some of the moments when we got things just a little wrong. Or a lot wrong.
The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, which was held in 1884, focused on Catholic education in the United States (public domain image via Wikipedia).
FaithShort Take
Russell Shaw
A plenary council or regional synod may not have been good ideas anyway. But more and more, the attitude appears to be that the church’s business is the bishops’ business and no one else’s; openness and a desire to involve others in church affairs seem to have become passé. It is worth considering why.
Arts & CultureShort Take
Fay Vincent
At his 80th birthday party last year, celebrated with dozens of friends in the garden of his home in northwestern Connecticut, Isaac Stern asked me to sit next to him at dinner. Rarely have I felt so honored. His luminous personality represented to me the perfect combination of a monumentally succes