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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Could reform of the church mean schism?

NCR Today: This group of traditionalist clerics has opened a chasm in the church, and my impression is they will not be satisfied by anything less than total capitulation.


Republicans highlight Trump administration's possible transgressions

NCR Today: Republicans have been busy generating a list of possible areas of inquiry that Democrats may pursue if they take over the House of Representatives in the 2018 election. 


I stay Catholic, believing this church is better than it shows itself to be

NCR Today: For me, remaining in the church is about reforming the church and latching on to the best of what it has to offer. We need to change this church together.


Pennsylvania abuse report shows that the church requires dramatic change

There is a movement to hold bishops accountable in a way that has not been done before, and that is a good thing. But the notion that the church can continue to operate as it has in the past is becoming tiresome.