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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Francis takes John Paul II's 'Be not afraid!' to new levels

NCR Connections: The pope changed the metaphor for the Catholic community from maintaining borders to a community on a journey, with the work of the individual more a matter of accompaniment than judgment.

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Cokie Roberts: trailblazing journalist, Catholic citizen, 'the real deal'

NCR Connections: She was a wonderful public Catholic, someone for whom faith was so obviously an influence in her relentless pursuit of the truth but also in her broad embrace of humanity.

In US tour, Marie Collins exposes clerical culture behind abuse cover-up

Comparing the task facing the church to the Herculean labor of cleaning the Augean stables, Collins said she believes significant change can occur only with continuous pressure "by lay people who love the church."

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It's not about ethics, it's about how we imagine God

In a recent talk, Fr. Bryan Massingale argues that the deepest problem faced by LGBTQI Catholics — the one that causes us the most pain, alienation, and self-estrangement — is that they've been told a false story about God and have been given false images of God. 

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