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As part of a team of journalists from Newsday, Michael D’Antonio won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting before writing many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest, Tin Cup Dreams, Mosquito, The State Boys Rebellion, Hershey, and Forever Blue. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated among many other magazines.

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Looking Past Cardinal Dolan's Hearty Smile

(74) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:24 PM

In Rome, Vatican watchers like to say that the institutional Catholic Church measures time not with a clock, but with a calendar, and that its memory is as durable as the records in its archives, where Galileo's signature, preserved in the documents from his famous trial, looks like it was...

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Anti-Semitism -- The Facts and the Hope

(15) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:13 PM

Talking about a resurgence of anti-Semitism with the burial of four French Jews in Israel yesterday is undeniably, and perhaps unavoidably, fraught with charged emotions. Whether you are among those who believe that incidents are isolated and sporadic, or those who fear that they are intrinsic and systemic, there is...

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We All Feel Too Busy, Something's Gotta Give

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:07 PM

We are, too many of us, busy to the point of distress. The demands of work, the needs of those we love, and our own requirements for a healthy happy life, can seem impossible to satisfy. In response, we search for some factual ground to stand on. In an effort...

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Liam Neeson Knows Horses

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:13 AM

A runaway gelding in Savannah and Liam Neeson's New York Times op-ed defending carriage tours in Manhattan has added fuel to the debate over the carriage horses that remain in New York City. On one side stand increasingly vocal opponents of carriage operators -- including Mayor Bill deBlasio -- who...

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Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow and the Folly of Commentary

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 12:09 PM

In the media spectacle that has followed Dylan Farrow's open letter about her allegations of sexual assault against her father Woody Allen we can see why it is so difficult to even consider -- let alone write -- about the tragedy of sexual abuse. Everything about this topic, from the...

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The Man Who Would Be a Saint, John Paul II and the Era of Scandal

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 1:25 PM

In 1993, more than seven years after the Catholic sexual abuse crisis began, John Paul II acknowledged it for the first time. He called it evil, and expressed his concern for how much his brother bishops and the faithful "are suffering because of certain cases of scandal given...

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Milwaukee Documents Reveal Bishop Dolan's Bankruptcy Scheme and Frustration With Rome

(111) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Documents released today in Milwaukee show that Catholic church leaders, including then archbishop Timothy Dolan, deliberately transferred $59 million to a trust in order to protect it from the claims of people who had been sexually abused by local priests. In a letter to a Vatican official, Dolan, now cardinal...

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Confronting the Vatican on the Rights of Children

(6) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:22 PM

This week in Geneva, the United Nation's Committee on the Rights of the Child is hearing closed-door testimony about official Catholicism's compliance with the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. One of almost 200 signatories to the convention, the Holy See (the formal name of the Vatican state)...

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A Pope Who Welcomes Atheists to Heaven Makes Himself More Welcome on Earth

(102) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 6:36 PM

In 1870 the last pontiff born in the 1700s faced the challenge of Italy's unification and armies massing against the papal state. In response to the loss of his lands, Pius IX embraced the supernatural notion of papal infallibility, which holds certain statements made from St. Peter's chair to be...

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Real Christian Heroes Step Forward

(9) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 9:41 AM

Twelve new apostles of truth -- they call themselves The Catholic Whistleblowers -- are raising their voices against a system of cover-up and denial, calling on Pope Francis to follow a six-point plan for ending the era of scandal caused by priests who have sexually abused children. Nuns and priests...

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Rape and Rank -- The Problem With All-Powerful Men

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Criticized for years for their handling of rape in the services, top officials in the United States military were ordered to increase their efforts after the secretary of defense viewed the landmark documentary Invisible War in April 2012. Now, a year later, a new report shows the problem is getting...

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To Understand the Catholic Hierarchy's Troubles, Look to Newark's Scandal

(9) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Often lost in the shadow of the Archdiocese of New York, and its larger-than-life cardinal, Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., is attracting national attention these days for all the wrong reasons. It is now the site of one of the more pathetic episodes in official Catholicism's sex...

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Cardinal Dolan, It's Not About Being Fat or Bald

(11) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:23 PM

Having determined that "in the public square ... the days of fat, balding Irish bishops are over," Cardinal Timothy Dolan has chosen, as his stand-in, a woman who seems the very model of a modern media messenger from the political right. Head of the conservative Catholic Voices USA, Kim Daniels...

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Good News for the Horse, But the Fight Goes on

(12) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 5:07 PM

The news is getting better for horses.

The Obama Administration is getting behind a proposed ban on the slaughter of horses for meat, adding to the growing opposition to a plan for resuming the practice in New Mexico. Also, as reported by Joe Drape in The New...

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What Do We Owe the Horse? Government Considering Slaughterhouse Proposal

(141) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Last week a video appeared on YouTube showing a man cursing animal rights activists, then leading a friendly, fit-looking horse out of a pen, and shooting it dead with a single pistol shot between its eyes. (The horse was so tame it quietly stepped toward the pistol, and...

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Led by Francis, a Traumatized Catholic Family Faces the Future

(11) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 10:55 AM

As a new pope -- the first ever to choose the name Francis -- assumes the chair of St. Peter, he faces a community of faith traumatized by scandal. Indeed, if the Catholic Church is a family, then the victims of sexual abuse by priests are...

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A Catholic Spring?

(92) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Like the victims of authoritarian states who remain devoted to their countrymen, many Catholics who were sexually abused as children by priests remain fiercely loyal to their faith and their fellow believers, who actually constitute the church. For them, Pope Benedict's resignation and the conclave that will convene to name...

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Vatican Gay-Baiting Is Bigotry That Shames the Church

(22) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 10:02 AM

As in American politics, where every campaign season sees a revival of Republican race baiting, every twist and turn of the long-running Catholic sex abuse scandal brings another round of gay baiting. High churchmen and their supporters note that most victims are male, like the offending priests, and hastily conclude...

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Immunity for Rome's Rottweiler: Why The Pope Resigned

(47) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 9:10 AM

Benedict XVI is enjoying, from some, a warm and generous farewell as he vacates the papal throne for a quieter life behind the walls of the Vatican, but the context of his resignation -- the first by a pope in roughly 600 years -- is shadowy and cold. This is,...

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Sexual Abuse and the Church: Everyone Knew Better

(35) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 9:19 AM

In the annals of bureaucratic indifference, the phrase "we didn't know any better" is often employed by those who looked past human suffering and helped abusers to escape responsibility. In the cases of priests who have raped and molested children, Catholic bishops have often offered this excuse after the world...

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