Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

This Little Light of Ours

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

This Little Light of Ours

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Bad and sad news remains newsworthy and this paper seems to operate on the sunshine: exposing ills to the sunlight is the first step to healing.

With that sentence, the judges of the Catholic Press Association summed up why they awarded for the third straight year, and the 15th out of the last 16 years, the honor of first place in the General Excellence category for national newspapers to National Catholic Reporter.

Bad and sad news. I had to think about that. Is that what we cover? Bad? Sad? Let's take a look at what's in this issue. The forever-ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal is certainly bad. And very sad. The ineligibility of women to the priesthood? Yes, I'd put that in both categories.

Much of what we focus on here at NCR is bad and sad, even stories not specifically about the politics or administration of the church. We do find it necessary to stay on top of issues such as poverty, discrimination--especially against immigrants--or refugees drowning. by the boatload while the social media world wrings its hands over the death of a gorilla (sad, yes, but let's show a little perspective here).

NCR has always intended to shine a light on those dark stories and the church's role in creating them or lack of effort in working to resolve them. But we also like to point that light at those people who are living their faith in positive ways, those stories of hope, those moments of joy

For instance, Dan Morris-Young tells the story of Fr. William Treacy, a pioneer of interfaith dialogue who at 97 is still going strong (Page 7). Melissa Musick Nussbaum's granddaughter adopted a pit bull mix stray out of a prison training program (Page 15). …

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