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Catholic press challenged. (signs of the times).

MINNEAPOLIS -- While some diocesan newspapers have been downplaying or even ignoring the clergy sex abuse scandal, speaker after speaker at the annual Catholic Press Association convention stressed that telling the truth is more important than ever.

"The truth always beats half-truths," Ray Suarez of PBS's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer said at the opening dinner of the convention, held May 29-31.

Secrecy "has killed us," said Bishop Joseph Galante of Dallas, another keynote speaker. "We are putting in jeopardy our credibility and ability to teach with integrity."

Minneapolis Star-Tribune editor Tim McGuire shared how his Catholic faith supports journalistic ethics and agreed that more harm comes from keeping information secret than from sharing it. "Protecting people from pain is dangerous because it compromises our moral obligation to have debate and discussion," he said.
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