Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Inside NCR. (Openers)

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Inside NCR. (Openers)

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Sometimes I feel as if NCR is comparable, week to week, to the joke about the group of blind-folded people trying to identify an elephant by touching its parts -- trunk, tail, ears. It's hard to get a fix on the whole thing. So it is with covering the church. Mention Catholic church these days and most of the United States is focused on the scandal in Boston. It deserves attention and will receive more in this paper in weeks to come. NCR broke the priest pedophilia story in the mid-1980s and has been covering the awful saga ever since. We have someone reading through the thousands of pages of documents recently released by the courts and we will continue our coverage of developments there.

Our hope, as we have stated editorially, is that this case will force the kind of examination by the hierarchy and clergy of not only how better to deal with abusers but also of the culture that has attracted and protected abusers over the years.

The church, however, is not all scandal. In its best moments it is the activists speaking for the least among us. Last week, we highlighted a bishops' program calling attention to poverty. This week, the Catholic Health Care Association sounds a warning about the need for basic health care to be available to all as a matter of fundamental justice (see Page 3).

In a news brief we report that an official at another Catholic agency, the U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services, went before a congressional subcommittee to argue the case for increasing the number of immigrants allowed into the country and increasing the pace at which they are processed. …

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