Ken Briggs has reported on religion for Newsday and The New York Times, contributed articles to a variety of publications, written five books and taught for 18 years as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University and Lafayette College. He lives in Indiana and continues to be a freelance writer.

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Shifting the public opinion on abortion requires more than tired, unsuccessful arguments

Roundtable: The recent University of Notre Dame survey about abortion implies that their subjects' discomfort with abortion might be a wedge issue. But this looks like a refill of a failed cure.


Combating racism means confronting housing bias

Roundtable: No factor looms larger in perpetuating racism than housing bias, but it is often blurred because it is so commonly covert.


Francis compromised wisely in protracted drama of Bishop Okpaleke's appointment

Roundtable: In this age, many Catholics aren't occupied enough by church affairs to care, or they simply walk out the door rather than push. But resistance did have an effect in a Nigerian diocese.


Crisis can spark self-giving, solidarity — how do we make those last?

Roundtable: As the pandemic passes, the surge of goodwill for a better world may slow to a halt. But if enough of us submit to a greater, spiritual calling, a thorough transformation could be at hand.