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March 8, 2002 Cover story:

The troubled clergy culture
Eugene Kennedy on Boston’s Cardinal Law and the priest sex abuse scandal

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The employees of The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company express their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those harmed in the recent terrorist attacks. This is a sad time for our world. Please be assured of our prayers as we unite with you in your loss.

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Summer Listings I
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The Word From Rome
By John L. Allen, Jr.
NCR's Vatican Correspondent

This feature is updated weekly.

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The Peace Pulpit
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
This feature is updated weekly.

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linked button Cover story: FALL FROM GRACE

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linked button Starting Point: Finding things good and human

linked button Priest says he’s innocent, fights for his job

linked button Actress, composer honored for tales of nuns that ring true

linked button Cuba: Cold War pawn and sanctions target still fascinates

linked button America on the Tiber: Bringing get-it-done spirit to the curia

linked button Lenten Series Liminal Space: Religious life has been ‘totally co-opted’

linked button Books: A wicked priest and a shattered marriage

linked button Robert F. Drinan column: Time to demand full disclosure on U.S. war policy

linked button Kris Bergrren column: Offer up a missed snack for world’s hunger

linked button Viewpoint: Mystery of ‘church’ can happen anywhere

linked button EDITORIAL: Sex abuse scandal: Time for a full accounting

linked button EDITORIAL: Anti-Islam slurs remind Catholics of the past

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