Tom Roberts is NCR executive editor. Tom was NCR editor from 2000-2008. He is the author of The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community's Search for Itself (2011) and Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith (2015), both published by Orbis Books.

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NCR wishes you a light-filled Christmas

NCR Connections: "Light is not so much what you directly see as that by which you see everything else." With gratitude to Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr for that beautiful line from his latest book, it seems a fitting frame for the season and for the era.

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Thomas Doyle traces the disintegration of clerical/hierarchical culture

NCR Connections: The clergy sexual abuse crisis "is evidence of a profound contradiction that reaches to the foundational core of the institutional church," the former Dominican told a Gonzaga University audience.

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The Amazon synod shows the way forward for the US church

NCR Connections: "What can we do?" is a question we at NCR most encounter, if "they" at the top don't want to do anything and don't want you to do anything. But what if one of "them" is asking the same question?

The jazz writer: Jason Berry's quest to understand the place where he's from

For over four decades, Jason Berry has offered readers a mix of his intense examination of the ugliest side of Catholic reality and the soul-restoring gumbo of Louisiana life, particularly his hometown New Orleans.

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