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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Ecumenism's on the back burner, but it's had unintentional success

NCR Today: The ecumenical movement has played a role in a world where faith seekers lose interest in special institutional claims and help themselves to a buffet of spiritual offerings.


Papal preacher's good news for US bishops raises doubt about reform

NCR Today: Retreat speaker Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa's careful avoidance of details of the abuse crisis, and his virtual approval of the status quo fosters doubts about the pope's commitment to genuine reform.


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.