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“No organization has done more to elevate the moral stature of the Catholic Church in the United States than The Boston Globe. Its groundbreaking 2002 coverage of abuse by priests led to reforms and by most accounts a significant reduction in abuse. Catholic kids are safer today not because of the cardinals’ leadership, but because of The Boston Globe’s.”


  1. Quin Finnegan says

    And then there's this: Jesus wasn’t known for pontificating from palaces, covering up scandals, or issuing Paleolithic edicts on social issues. Does anyone think he would have protected clergymen who raped children?

    C'mon now – raise your hands, people!

  2. Rufus McCain says

    He's right about the heroism of nuns and priests. But it's the coherence of Catholic teaching, including elements Kristof sees as "paleolithic," that provides a framework for and gives rise to the nobility and heroism.

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    Oh, come now, Rufus – why spoil it with argument?

  4. Rufus McCain says

    I know, I know … but somebody's got to.

  5. Jonathan Webb says

    I'm proud of the church, proud of how Benedict has confronted the scandal and I'm proud to be a Catholic

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