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Spin without end in abuse scandal

The clergy sex abuse crisis -- some would have us believe -- is largely about priests taking advantage of or being seduced by older teenage boys. In other words, it’s a gay thing. That’s the view of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, as articulated by its president William A. Donohue.

So when an organization like the League, a week prior to a national meeting of the nation’s bishops

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   This Week’s Edition: June 16, 2006 

Vol. 42 No. 32   
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Politics & Religion
Democrats seek to woo Catholics back to the fold

By Joe Feuerherd
In the not too distant past it would have been redundant for the Democratic National Committee to hire a “Catholic Outreach” coordinator. Those duties -- negotiating with a powerful cardinal, lining up support from an influential union leader, getting out the big-city vote -- were handled by party chairman whose names (Farley, Flynn, Hannegan, Boyle, McGrath, McKinney, Bailey, O’Brien) read like roll call at an Ancient Order of Hibernians meeting.

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Debate erupts over honor to Rice

By Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
Protest at Boston College graduation as Secretary of State speaks.

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Solve crisis of uninsured, advocates urge

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
A leading health care advocate urged Catholic leaders June 5 to “keep the heat turned up” on the issue of the nation’s 46 million uninsured until Congress is convinced that the American public wants it to solve the problem.

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Overcome 'enemy' view of Iran, says Pax Christi official

By Agostino Bono
Americans have to overcome a negative stereotype of Iran so that they can better assess Bush administration claims that the Muslim nation is planning to build nuclear weapons, said Dave Robinson, executive director of the peace organization Pax Christi USA.

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Mobile consulate aids Mexicans in Illinois

By Paul Storer
More than 1,000 Mexicans who live in and around two northern Illinois counties lined up over three days to renew passports and obtain government identification cards without leaving the state. A Chicago-based mobile unit of the Mexican consulate was set up May 25-28 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

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NCR takes top award for seventh year

By NCR Staff
The National Catholic Reporter has won the first-place general excellence award for national newspapers from the Catholic Press Association for the seventh year in a row. The paper also took seven other first place awards for writing and editorials and 11 second place, third place and honorable mention awards in various categories.

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'Father Crunk' preaches on popular Atlanta radio show

By Catholic News Service
It’s 6:30 a.m. the Monday after Easter, and Fr. Ricardo Bailey looks over his sermon notes one last time. As a parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish, his Easter weekend was busy. He tries to shake off fatigue. But as soon as he walks into his “pulpit,” the youthful energy he is known for bursts out.

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Pope at Auschwitz praised, faulted

By John L. Allen Jr.
While Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit to Auschwitz, the first ever for a pope, was widely hailed as a watershed, Benedict XVI’s May 28 appearance has drawn more mixed reviews. Criticism came mostly for what the pope didn’t say -- no acknowledgment of Christianity’s complicity in the Holocaust, for example, and no reference to contemporary anti-Semitism.

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French priest convicted of sex abuse

By Marc Mazgon-Fernandes
“His victims thought that they were knocking on heaven’s doors. In fact they were knocking on hell’s doors,” said French Attorney General Jacqueline Dufournet in a sex abuse trial against Fr. Pierre Dufour.

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  Making connections

By Jeff Severns Guntzel
From landfills to freeways: Movement links ecology, justice

By Rich Heffern
Photo essay: What's at stake

By Thomas N. Lorsung
NCR Editorials
Spin without end in abuse scandal

The clergy sex abuse crisis -- some would have us believe -- is largely about priests taking advantage of or being seduced by older teenage boys. In other words, it’s a gay thing.
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The shock fades in Lincoln

A small gathering of people showed up outside St. Mary Catholic Church and School in Lincoln, Neb., June 3, demonstrating for more openness and inclusiveness in the Roman Catholic church.
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Quotable & Notable

“We had constructive talks.”

-- Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator after meeting with Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief, about the six-nation proposal that aims at getting Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment and reprocessing program

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Colman McCarthy Colman McCarthy

Tony Snow is a man to watch

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Rosemary Radford Ruether Rosemary Radford Ruether

In the name of security

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Stephen Zunes Stephen Zunes

Congress OKs Israel's expansionist agenda

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With no peace partner, Israel must assure security

By Gary Rosenblatt
Israel’s decisions to build a security barrier between itself and the Palestinians and to disengage from large areas of land conquered in the Six Day War of 1967 against the Arabs are part of a new and sobering recognition that since the two peoples cannot live together, they are both better off living separately.

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Nuclear power: promise or peril
It's all that stands between us and environmental disaster

By John O'Neill
Failed technology has no part in energy plans of the future

By Michael Marriotte

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Jimmie Briggs: America's voice for the child soldier

By Robert Hirschfield
For a writer who nearly lost his mind writing about child soldiers, Jimmie Briggs has a kind, unshadowed face more in keeping with a less corrosive line of work. He is 37.

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Indian diplomat heads Vatican evangelization office

By Catholic News Service
Pope Benedict XVI named Italian Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe to be the new archbishop of Naples and named Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias of Mumbai to succeed Sepe as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The appointments were announced May 20 at the Vatican.

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  Books: Books document environmental racism

By Jeff Severns Guntzel
Preserving sustainable family farms

By Paul Winner
Tom Roberts
Inside NCR

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The struggle for balance
Tom Lorsung is well known in Catholic journalism circles as the longtime director and editor in chief of Catholic News Service in Washington, a post from which he retired in 2003. Less well-known is his skill with a camera.

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Boundary-pushing Sr. Jeannette Normandin dies at 77

By Daniel Burke
Sr. Jeannette Normandin, who broke new ground in Massachusetts by opening homes for women with AIDS and broke church rules by assuming roles traditionally held by priests, died May 30. She was 77.

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Starting Point
Starting Point

By Ellen Rufft
I never expected to be saved from heartache by a Quaker Oats box, even that tall, round kind! And if I had, certainly not on that Friday, a day I thought nothing could rescue.

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