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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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.

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Shattered trust is a battering ram: Change 'indelible character'

NCR Today: It seems to me that reform at this grave hour could be well served by a hard re-examination of "indelible character" with regard to ordination.

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Archbishop Hunthausen embraced Vatican II, served people's needs

NCR Today: Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen was the picture of the modest, ground-level pastor of pastors. He was not a bishop looking for ways to fight the power or defy his superiors.

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The Catholic 'collective' approach could be used again to support labor

NCR Today: Renewed awareness that the greatest push-back against owner control and for labor dignity wouldn't have happened without the dedication and tenacity of Catholics who were inspired by the church's 19th-century social doctrine therefore seems more than timely.

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