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Archive for March 22nd 2011

Michael Leach, an editor-at-large and publisher emeritus at Orbis Books, explains why he remains a committed Catholic in the age of falling attendance and the clerical sexual abuse crisis. His new book, Why Stay Catholic?, lists 100 people, places and ideas that make the Catholic Church a compelling institution. On that list: the papacy, Andrew Greeley, Walter Burghardt, S.J., the Catholic Church Extension Society and the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.

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Fr. Francis X. Hezel has spent over 40 years ministering in Micronesia, and now serves as guest editor at America. Here he discusses the Jesuit mission in Micronesia, and offers six lessons to young people that he has learned over a lifetime. His first insight: "Life grows simpler as you grow older." Read his article, "Good Counsel," in the March 28 issue.

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Mario J. Paredes talks about his work at the American Bible Society, where he coordinates outreach to Catholic leaders throughout the country. Paredes has helped setup Bible summits featuring noted Scripture scholars and taught pastors and pastoral ministers about the practice of lectio divina. Learn more about the outreach of the American Bible Society, and read Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic exhortation on the 2008 Synod on the Word.

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Peter A. Quinn worked ten years on his first novel, Banished Children of Eve, writing in the early hours of the morning while working a day job as a speechwriter for New York Governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo. As he writes in the March 14 issue, he can relate to St. Peter because he too had two jobs: fisherman and apostle. Like St. Peter too, Quinn knows what it's like to try to walk on water: "Each time I start a novel, I have the same sensation of going over the side of the boat." In this conversation, Quinn talks about Governor Cuomo's famous speech on abortion at the University of Notre Dame in 1984, his new historical novel, The Man Who Never Returned and the recent production of Banished Children at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York.

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