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December 27, 2002 Cover story:


The Mysterious Star of Bethlehem
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Paths to Peace
Special Section: Paths to Peace
Blueprint Vatican III
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Crisis in the Church - Clergy Sex Abuse

NCR in the News

Bishop Gumbleton addresses the
Crisis in the Church

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Essays in Theology Archives
By Fr. Richard McBrien
This feature is updated weekly.

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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: Star of wonder

linked button Inside NCR

linked button Starting Point: A holy and healthy despair

linked button Church in Crisis: Law still holds key Vatican positions

linked button Church in Crisis: Boston looks ahead after law resignation

linked button Church in Crisis: Ambition, defense of institutional church drove cardinal’s career

linked button Church in Crisis: Monks suffer with abusers in the family

linked button Church in Crisis: Father is ‘lion at the gate’ pressing case against priest

linked button Reflection: Asian women theologians make voices heard

linked button Analysis: Some thank Lott for showing racism still alive

linked button Bean by Bean -- Supporting Indigenous Rights

linked button Coffee is a rallying point for Fair Trade movement

linked button Diana L. Hayes column: Retribution, neglect deprive children of hope

linked button Viewpoint: After life of resistance, he died sane

linked button Viewpoint: Sin of environmental gluttony committed at the gas pump

linked button EDITORIAL: Without reform, Boston’s relief will be fleeting

linked button EDITORIAL: Affordable housing falls short of need

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