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I’m giving editor Dennis Coday a break from webathon blogging so he can focus his attention on getting the news out to you -- our online readers -- as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Help us work for you by donating now.

I recently asked an NCR reader to fill out this sentence: “NCR exists because ...” Her answer: “... it acts as a counterpoint to the church-run publications we get through our diocese.” We at NCR are proud to bring to you stories you just won’t find anywhere else.

For instance, one of our West Coat correspondents, Dan Morris-Young, has followed the story of Fr. James Radloff, formerly of Bend, Ore., from the time when the story first broke last fall. This story of a priest who was unexpectedly dismissed from his parish has drawn an impressive amount of attention across the nation, and Dan continues to report on it, including his new story, Bishop encourages Oregon priest to return to Roman Catholic Church, currently on our website.

Similarly, veteran journalist Marie Rohde -- who has been following the Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case for us -- has filed a story about adjunct professors at Catholic university getting NLRB approval to form a union. Where else are you going to read a justice story like this, other than NCR?

Dan and Marie are just two of the many correspondents and columnists who write for NCR from around the world, and, as generous as they are, they do not do it for free. (In fact, we probably wouldn’t allow it.) Because we have such a small staff of full-time reporters, we have to rely on these freelance reporters and writers to help us tell the stories about the Catholic church and about the good work being done on the ground by those who follow the values of the Gospels -- stories you will not read anywhere else but at

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