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Select essays from around the nation


A Diocese in Bankruptcy, San Diego Tribune, March 2, 2007

Victims of long-ago abuse deserve their day in court, Maine Sunday Telegram, February 18, 2007

Anniversaries Not Needed for Those Who Lived Abuse Crisis, Duluth News Tribune, January 26, 2007

5 Years Later: Unanswered Questions Linger, Boston Globe, Jan. 7, 2007

Cardinal George Should Discipline Priest for Suing His Accusers, Daily Southtown, IL, December 7, 2006

Los Angeles: Settling to Hide the Truth, December 5, 2006

Stop Pedophile Priests Who are Fleeing from Justice, Dallas Morning News, November 6, 2006

From Sacristy to Lockup, New York Times, September 12, 2006

Justice for Abused Children, the Times of Trenton, NJ, August 11, 2006

Editorial: Where, Sadly, the Buck Stops, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 19, 2006

Editorial: Belleville Diocese Notified of Priest's Arrival, Belleville News-Democrat, June 3, 2006

A Note to New Joliet, IL Bishop, Chicago Tribune, May 17, 2006

No More Church Secrets About Sex Abuse, Dallas Morning News, April 28, 2006

Extend Window of Justice for Sex Abuse, Denver Post, February 13, 2006

The Problem That Hasn't Gone Away, Daily Southtown, IL, February 12, 2006

The Evil that Lurks Undetected
The Herald, New Jersey, February 6, 2006

A Path to Justice, New York Times, January 18, 2006

How Can Vatican Think Inner Conflict Makes a Priest Safer?, Chicago Tribune, December 11, 2005

The Stonewalling Shepherd, New York Times, October 14, 2005

Before Retiring, Wisconsin Bishop Should Disclose All Abuse, Duluth NewsTribune, October 9, 2005

Real Reparation Must Dig Deeper, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 9, 2005

A Catholic Moment of Truth, Boston Globe, October 3, 2005

A Ridiculous Defense, Philadelphia Daily News, September 23, 2005

Sell Art, and Keep Parishes Open, Boston Globe, July 9, 2005

Call Hearings on Abuse, Senator Santorum, July 22, 2005

Milwaukee: Justice for Abuse Victims, June 9, 2005

In California, More Than Acts of Contrition, Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2005

In Maryland, More Hurdles for Those Seeking Justice, Baltimore Sun, March 31, 2005

Abusers Find Ways to Justify Their Actions, Dayton Daily News, February 25, 2005

Games Bishops Play: Why Texas DA Should Be Wary, Dallas Morning News, February 16, 2005

SHANLEY VERDICT: YES. Verdict gives other victims the courage to come forward, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, February 13, 2005

SHANLEY VERDICT: NO. Reasonable doubt ignored by jury tarnishes any victory, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, February 13, 2005

Rod Dreher: Where's the Rage, Catholic Men?, Dallas Morning News, February 8, 2005

Shepherds Finessing Their Flock, New York Times, December 13, 2004

The Obligation to Report Abuse, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, December 8, 2004

Church's Lingering Scandal, San Frandicso Chronicle, November 16, 2004

Juries, Not Technicalities, Are Way to Settle Suits, The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, November 6, 2004

Bishops Will Do Whatever It Takes to Win, by Mark Serrano, Daily Record- NJ, November 4, 2004

So Bishop Dupre is Gone; What Now?, by Barbara Blaine, October 26, 2004

California Diocese Should Settle, Orange County (CA) Register, October 25, 2004

A Better Solution for Bishop Hubbard, by David Clohessy, October 11, 2004

Hear Their Voices, New York Times Editorial, September 19, 2004

Rome's New Cardinal Sin, by Eileen McNamara, Boston Globe, May 30, 2004

Atlanta Archdiocese Must Ensure that Sex Abuse Hasn't a Prayer, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, April 21, 2004

A Moral Challenge for All Catholics, by James Carroll, Boston Globe, March 2, 2004

Old Myths, New Myths, by Barbara Blaine, February 27, 2004

The Bishops' So-Called "Audit", by David Clohessy and Barbara Blaine, Feb. 25, 2004

Moral Authority Missing, Boston Herald, February 13, 2004

No Faith in Church's System, Newsday, February 13, 2004

Response of Fr. Thomas Doyle to USCCB Audit Report, January 6, 2004

Success of New Hampshire diocese's abuse policy depends on strong enforcement, Editorial, Nashua Telegraph, December 31, 2003

The Never-Ending Scandal, Editorial-Orange County Register, October 20, 2003

The Last Straw - Quitting the Bishop's Review Board, by Frank Keating, Crisis Magazine, October 1, 2003

A Better Clergy Abuse Bill, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 21, 2003

Prisoners of Hate, by Ted Conover, New York Times, August 28, 2003

Despite Tradition, NH Bishop Must Go, Manchester Union-Leader, July 30, 2003

Yes, Someone Behaved Responsibly in Boston, By Joe Feuerherd, National Catholic Reporter, July 24, 2003

Focus of Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis Should Remain on the Victims, By Peter E. Hutchins, Esq. - July 2, 2003

Openness Would Bring Credibility Back to Church, by Mark Serrano, Daily Record of Morris Cty., NJ, June 29, 2003

Church's Victims Abused Again by High Court, By Steve Lopez - LA Times, June 27, 2003

A Tough Rap to Shake,By Eileen McNamara, Boston Globe Columnist, June 18, 2003

Phoenix DA Misses Chance to Make a Difference, by David Clohessy, June 7, 2003

Hearing No Evil, Albany Times Union, May 22, 2003

Metuchen Diocese a Model Against Priest Abuse, By Rev. James Scahill, Providence Journal, May 4, 2004

Church Disunity in the Priest Scandal
, New York Times,
April 9, 2003

Problem Priests - Out of the 16th century, St Louis Post-Dispatch, April 3, 2003

This Church Won't Budge, By Eileen McNamara, The Boston Globe, April 2, 2003

Cardinal Egan Stiffs Keating Commission, by Eugene Kennedy, Catholic News Service, January 29, 2003

Fault is not Cardinal Law's alone, By Eileen McNamara, Boston Globe, January 15, 2003

A Catholic Crisis, Bestowed From Above, by Paul Dinter, The New York Times, January 1, 2003

Acquittal of Stokes is a Case of Moral - Not Legal - Justice - by Gregory Kane, The Baltimore Sun, December 21, 2002

For Catholic Faithful, a Rift Widens - By Eileen McNamara, Boston Globe, December 22, 2002

Boston's Rebel Priests, By Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, December 19, 2002

After the Cardinal Goes , Washington Post Editorial, December 14, 2002

The Church and Chapter 11, New York Times Editorial, December 5, 2002

Conscientious Objections: Priest calls on brethren to do right thing, by Fr. Thomas Doyle, Boston Herald, November 17, 2002

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