The Child Abuse Pandemic

By Mark Joseph Williams | June 18, 2020

COVID lockdowns are leading to a spike in child abuse. A survivor of family and clergy abuse following an earlier pandemic recalls the dangers, issues a warning about today’s perils, and recounts his own journey back from the abyss.

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The Searchers Revisited

By Michael Connor | June 16, 2020

The recent Library of America publication of Alan LeMay’s The Searchers prompts a revisit of the novel’s iconic cinematic adaptation directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. The Searchers seems surprisingly timely and relevant.

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Of the Mind and Soul

By David Goodwin | June 12, 2020

Injury. Sickness. Infirmity. Dying. Death. Although many of us avoid discussing such topics with polite company and, more often than not, among siblings and parents, and children and spouses, these traumas shape the human experience and our time in this world. The COVID-19 pandemic offered a stark memento mori and a reminder of the various…

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Police And Priests

By David Gibson | June 9, 2020

The culture of corrupt police departments is often invoked as the best analogy to explain how the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy could have taken root and endured so long and with such impunity. But the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the ensuing protests and the police overreaction, has shown…

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