Peter Feuerherd is a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter's Field Hospital, an ongoing series on parish life in the United States and Canada. Feuerherd is a veteran of the Catholic and religious press, having written for Commonweal, St. Anthony Messenger, and diocesan newspapers in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Albany, Long Island and New York City. He is the winner of numerous Catholic Press Association and religious press awards and is the author of "Holy Land USA: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape" (Crossroad). Feuerherd writes from Queens, NY, where he is also an adjunct professor of journalism at St. John's University. He is a regular on the basketball courts of the borough. 

Peter contributes to NCR's The Field Hospital.

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New York state set to extend statute of limitations on child sex abuse

The state legislature approved changes in the Child Victims Act, allowing child sex abuse victims to sue and file charges until they reach age 55. Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill.

Parish roundup: Second collections down; Chicago consolidations; children at Mass

The Field Hospital: Play about Fr. Tolton inspires young Catholics; Portland's archbishop wants chanted Masses; scammers target Omaha Catholics; should little kids be at Mass?

New report warns against priests placing themselves above laity

The document, created out of a Boston College seminar of a dozen religious educators, theologians and church ministers, argues that seminarians need skills in forming communities and working with all the baptized faithful, particularly women. 

Fraud expert pushes procedures to safeguard parish collections

The Field Hospital: Parishes need to use serial-coded bags and a three-person counting system to curtail theft, advises Michael Ryan. Others say such controls are already in place.

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