August 15, 2018 – Against Weak Men

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/catholic-bishops-weak-men/?mc_cid=240f03de8b&mc_eid=c66ff4a0fd I try to keep my work separate from family life. But it turned out to be a teaching moment. Our children are watching us, and learning from us. We are stewards of the church, and of the world they will inherit. If the faith matters to us, then by God, they’ve got to see […]

August 14, 2018 – Sexual Abuse by Clergy in Pennsylvania: “40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report Interim-Redacted”

http://media-downloads.pacourts.us/InterimRedactedReportandResponses.pdf?cb=22148 This 1,356 page redacted grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims. “We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to […]

August 13, 2018 – Letter to the Archdiocese of Denver on the abuse crisis

https://archden.org/letter-to-the-archdiocese-of-denver-on-the-abuse-crisis/ At its root, this is a spiritual crisis that requires fidelity, reparation, and reliance on Christ for the grace and path to true, lasting freedom.

August 9, 2018 – A.W. Richard Sipe, a Leading Voice on Clergy Sex Abuse, Dies at 85

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/nyregion/aw-richard-sipe-a-leading-voice-on-clergy-sex-abuse-dies-at-85.html A. W. Richard Sipe, a researcher, psychotherapist and former priest who spent his life studying the roots of sex abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, becoming one of the subject’s leading experts, died on Wednesday in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. He was 85.

August 9, 2018 – Archbishop McCarrick and accountability

http://thecatholicspirit.com/only-jesus/archbishop-mccarrick-and-accountability/   The events of these past weeks have shown that no one can be above the law, regardless of rank or privilege ***** Every time Mass is celebrated, the priest prays that Jesus will “look not on our sins but on the faith of [his] Church… .” That’s been an important prayer for me […]

August 8, 2018 – AN OPEN LETTER FROM YOUNG CATHOLICS

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/08/an-open-letter-from-young-catholics Archbishop McCarrick’s predatory career would not have been possible without the culpable silence or active complicity of men at the highest levels of the Church. Revelations of his abuse have therefore gravely damaged the credibility of the whole Catholic hierarchy. Here a group of young Catholics speaks with one voice about the need for […]

August 8, 2018 – WYD-1993: THE TURNING POINT

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/08/wyd-1993-the-turning-point On this twenty-fifth anniversary of World Youth Day in Denver, I can’t help sharing one of my favorite personal memories of John Paul II.  

August 8, 2018 – Love, Economics, and Cheap Sex

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2018/08/22299/ According to sociologist Mark Regnerus, the birth control pill and the rise of internet porn decreased the cost of sexual access so substantially as to affect a fundamental shift from a world in which sex served higher goods to a world in which sex is the higher good.

August 7, 2018 – The Current Crisis and the Order of the Laity

Left to right: Orthodox theologian Nikolay Nikolayevich Afanasiev in undated photo (orthodoxwiki.org); Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, N.Y., is pictured in a 2015 photo in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller); Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl at the USCCB’s annual spring assembly in July in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/08/07/the-current-crisis-and-the-order-of-the-laity/ One of the most […]

August 8, 2018 – Enough Already

https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2018/08/08/enough-already/ Let us hear no more from priests, prelates, and Catholic writers dissenting from the truth – from reason, from Scripture, from the constant and clear teaching of the Church in the matter of the creation of mankind male and female, the one-flesh union willed by God from the beginning, the raising of boys to […]