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by | Feb 27, 2019

Did I hear correctly? The pope blew it? Called a global summit in Rome to deal with sexual abuse, then spoke mainly in generalities? Skimmed over the need for better means of policing abuse? Left out of his opening speech…

by | Feb 20, 2019

Washington Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the Church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America….

by | Jan 26, 2019

There is a church in Rome called the Church of Domine Quo Vadis (Latin for “Lord, where are You going?”). It is situated on the spot where the apocryphal Acts of Peter described a meeting occurred between St. Peter and Jesus….

by | Jan 13, 2019

In the latest revelation about Donald Wuerl — that, contrary to his claims of ignorance, he knew about McCarrick’s misconduct for at least 14 years — he emerges as the amoral but self-protective bureaucrat, undone by his own pass-the-buck-style record-keeping,…

by | Jan 9, 2019

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the seventh archbishop of Chicago, was laid to rest on November 21, 1996. The most powerful and influential American prelate since the conservative bull dog of New York, Cardinal Francis Spellman, Bernardin had defined American Catholicism for…

by | Jan 9, 2019

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the seventh archbishop of Chicago, was laid to rest on November 21, 1996. The most powerful and influential American prelate since the conservative bull dog of New York, Cardinal Francis Spellman, Bernardin had defined American Catholicism for…

by | Jan 6, 2019

Pope Francis lectured the American bishops this week on their “crisis of credibility” even as his own reputation took another hit in the wake of revelations about one of his protégés. It turns out that another McCarrick-like predator has been…

by | Jan 6, 2019

Pope Francis lectured the American bishops this week on their “crisis of credibility” even as his own reputation took another hit in the wake of revelations about one of his protégés. It turns out that another McCarrick-like predator has been…

by | Dec 30, 2018

In September of this year, Kenneth Lasch, a retired monsignor from the New Jersey diocese of Paterson, went public with his story of ignored whistle-blowing against a priest still serving in Paterson. Both the Boston Globe and CNN told Lasch’s story…

by | Dec 24, 2018

The religion, the faith, the belief-species owing its origin to the Babe of Bethlehem has experienced pangs and pains aplenty in the expiring year. Not necessarily in order: the mounting moral toll of revelations about clerical sexual abuse; the continued…

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