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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To impeach or not impeach

One could argue there is strong evidence to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. But the question has to be asked: To what end? What would be accomplished?

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Will anything change after the Vatican meeting on abuse?

NCR Today: The divisiveness at the Vatican's conference to address sex abuse by priests does not bode well for progress. But a recent report in the U.S. offers some first steps.

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Democratic Party needs Joe Biden to run for president

NCR Today: There is a need for a moderate lane to put Trumpism behind us. Biden can appeal to portions of the electorate needed to win, without alienating more progressive voters.

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We need to ensure there are no more government shutdowns

Congress has three weeks to reach a deal that the president will sign, or the government could shut down again. I feel confident in saying that is not going to happen. 

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