Neanderthal BeckPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

Century Marks

Tale of two churches: Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof went to southern Sudan to write about its social problems and came away impressed by Catholic workers there. Workers like Father Michael Barton, a priest from Indianapolis, who went to southern Sudan in 1978 and lives 150 miles from the closest paved road. Barton runs four schools for kids whose graduates test at the top of statewide examinations. Kristof also met Cathy Arata, a nun from New Jersey involved in a project that has trained 600 schoolteachers and is setting up a school to train health workers. Wrote Kristof: “There seem to be two Catholic Churches, the old boys’ club of the Vatican and the grassroots network of humble priests, nuns and laity in places like Sudan” (New York Times, May 2).


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