Ken Briggs reported on religion for Newsday and The New York Times, has contributed articles to many publications, written four books and is an instructor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennslyvania.

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We need to see the causes of suicide in our midst

NCR Today: The professions of shock that a person basking in money, publicity and acclaim would end it all are likely to reflect a jarring blow to the free enterprise armor.

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Memorial Day was once a time to feel the actual price of war

My mental picture of Memorial Day in 1945 is a spare but deeply etched scene of joy and tears. Tears of loss mingled with sighs of relief that soon all the killing would stop.

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NCR rose up to provide crucial response after Vatican II

Spring Fund Drive: It would be unimaginable that a revivalist spirit could be achieved without a consensus around Vatican II, which would require powerful participation by laity. Stand by NCR to stay tuned. If you are reading this, you are most likely someone who cares deeply about this struggle and for NCR's vigilance in covering it. Please, share your support today.

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Catholic response to gun violence is contradictory and confused

NCR Today: While bishops express alarm and side with some aspects of gun control, grassroots congregants have reason to believe Christian teachings support gun ownership and use.