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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 14, 2006

An excellent piece today by John Allen, on the late Cardinal Salvatore Pappalardo, the cantankerous but certainly heroic and probably saintly Father Giuseppe Puglisi, the Church and the Mafia in Sicily. Definitely worth a read.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 14, 2006 4:56 PM ET USA

    Puglisi knew something about what it meant to love the Church: "We can, we must criticize the church when we feel it doesn’t respond to our expectations, because it’s absolutely right to seek to improve it. But we should always criticize it like a mother, never a mother-in-law."

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 14, 2006 4:33 PM ET USA

    Inspirational! The American hierarchy should hire a seasoned US prosecutor, one with experience in busting organized crime, to go after the malcontents in the US hierarchy who've been stonewalling and... Oh, nevermind.

  • Posted by: Tominellay - Dec. 14, 2006 1:05 PM ET USA

    May we all live long enough to become the heroes and saints we are called to be...