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, Pennsylvania.

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The laity hold the key to reforming the church

If the laity could capture the dynamic concept of a pilgrim church, that would be an astounding, liberating achievement. Unfortunately, they appear to reflexively dismiss an opportunity to assert themselves. 


To immunize priests against clericalism, start with seminaries

NCR Today - A thousand suggestions and hints feed the presumption that clergy are set apart and above the laity. Stopping it seems to me the major objective if abuse is to end.


Youth synod did little to address unprecedented generational gap

I’m sure the bishops are earnest, but they are out of their depth, and most young people who are leaving the church bear little to no resemblance to the small group of under-30s who were invited to participate.


Fallout: Catholic colleges in a bind because of sex-abuse scandals

NCR Today: The drift away from the church by young people is a major worry in itself. Combine that with the huge damage to the church's image, and the job of recruiting ever new classes to Catholic colleges arguably becomes much harder.