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Benedict’s letter about sex abuse crisis is a regrettable text

by Michael Sean Winters in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 11 April 2019 When a friend first sent me Pope Emeritus Benedict's article about the root causes of clergy sex abuse, I thought the text was a hoax. Here, it seemed, was a caricature of both Joseph Ratzinger's once powerful intellect and of conservative explanations…

James Cracknell’s flaws as a husband helped to make him a great sportsman

By Matthew Syed in THE TIMES, 10 April 2019 Like many readers, I was struck by the piece by Beverley Turner on these pages on Monday. It was about the break-up of her marriage with James Cracknell, a story that some will feel should never have been aired publicly, but which I found wise and moving. Cracknell,…

Getting the Call

A Dialogue By Mollie Wilson O'Reilly in 'Commonweal' (USA), 3 April, 2019 Carlos’s phone rang early on a Sunday. “Hello?” “Hi, Carlos? This is Msgr. Farrell calling from the bishop’s office with some exciting news. His excellency has decided to elevate you to the clerical state.” “I’m sorry?” You’re being elevated. It’s like a promotion.…