Pat Perriello, a retired educator from the Baltimore City Public Schools, served as the coordinator of Guidance and Counseling Services and an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is a former seminarian from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. Pat has long been interested in religion and politics and is currently concerned about the direction of the institutional church as well as the state of politics in the country.

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In the face of sex abuse, the church should rethink the sacrament of reconciliation

NCR Today: The church's practice of confession offers an opportunity for the clergy to acknowledge their complicity in the sins of the crisis and seek forgiveness from God in front of the whole Christian community. 

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What did we learn from the midterms' split decision?

NCR Today: It is not a time for Democrats to be purists. When one considers how divided the country is, it makes no sense to insist on getting everything you want.

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Your midterm election vote is critical

NCR Today: The midterm congressional elections are just a few days away. Early voting has begun in many states. Unfortunately, very little of substance is being said by candidates.

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Should Catholics celebrate Kavanaugh's elevation to Supreme Court?

NCR Today: U.S. bishops led a novena in connection with Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. May I suggest the bishops consider initiating novenas for some other issues?

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