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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Still, we find ways to connect

NCR Connections: The paradoxes pile up today. We're forced to understand our common humanity, an understanding made possible technologically as never before. Yet we are forced to stay away from one another.

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Leadership Roundtable brings a dose of reality to the church

It is noteworthy that a lay organization can fill a hotel ballroom in Washington with a mix of people, including members of the hierarchy, for frank dialogue about the church and the abuse crisis.

Turning the abuse crisis discussion to deeper themes

Sr. Carol Zinn, LCWR executive director, and Archbishop Charles Scicluna, an investigator of clergy sex abuse, spoke with NCR about transformation and the need for the church hierarchy to confront its past.

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Points of hope against disturbances in the neighborhood

NCR Connections: Given the headlines of recent weeks, our stories that you've spent so much time with, I think it is safe to say we've lived with a numbing number of disturbances outside our door.

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