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Pennsylvania grand jury report: A reminder of the toll of failure


A time for anger? Some Catholic bishops worked hard to limit exposure of their sins and crimes...
Terry Mattingly
It's impossible to step into the sickening whirlpool of that Pennsylvania grand-jury report, covering seven decades of Catholic priestly sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, without feeling angry. Right now, anger is the element of this story that I think will be the hardest for journalists to handle and to cover accurately and fairly...


10 things to remember about the Assumption of Mary...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
During the twenty years it took me to convert from a Bob Jones University student to a Catholic I considered many of the Marian dogmas to be pious opinions. It was okay for Catholics to believe them, but why did they have to go and make them dogmas and therefore make it more difficult for me to join their church? Aaaargh! Then I came to realize that unless you have a full and complete understanding of Mary –which all the dogmas expressed–then you had a defective understanding of Jesus Christ the Redeemer and the complete extent of his saving work...


Only the love of God the Father can restore us...
Anthony Lilles
The moral and spiritual crisis of our time is a crisis in fatherhood - a refusal to allow the Father to love us and the lack of courage to reveal the Father's love and concern for the most vulnerable. We see this reflected in the mentality that Church problems are fixed by money and programs - rather than conversion of heart and prayer...


C.S. Lewis Doodle: On Ethics...


The Assumption of Mary: 12 things to know and share...
Jimmy Akin
August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share...


The current crisis...
George Weigel
The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war caused the premature suspension of the First Vatican Council on October 20, 1870 and left the Church’s theological self-understanding somewhat imbalanced. In its first session, Vatican I defined the nature of papal authority with a carefully crafted affirmation of papal infallibility under certain clearly defined circumstances; the intention was to complete that reflection on authority in the Church by a parallel statement on the authority of bishops...


Cities of the world where you don’t need AC or heat, mapped...


This powerful meme tells the hard truth about mistreatment of the Holy Eucharist in our parishes...


Pennsylvania grand jury report exposes decades of clerical sexual abuse...


‘I am parking right now’ — How this person found salvation in a Carl’s Jr. drive-thru lane ...


What St. Catherine of Siena would say to today’s bishops...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
If you’ve ever dipped into the letters of St. Catherine of Siena, you know she is forever encouraging holiness. She wants people inflamed with “blazing charity” and bathing “in the blood of Christ crucified.” She wants to see people be who God made them to be and she wants his Church seeking to be worthy of her identity as the bride of Christ...


‘The weaponization of faith’ — Pennsylvania grand jury report released to public...
Rocco Palmo
After a two-year process, an 884-page Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing seven decades of sexual abuse and its cover-up in the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton was released at 2pm Eastern, the end of a court-imposed deadline. The most sprawling probe of its kind for the American church – equaled only by similar state inquiries in Ireland and Australia – the grand jury identified some 300 accused clerics across the six dioceses and 1...


Former Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson, guilty of concealing sex abuse, to serve sentence at home...


Why do men matter? Because the legacy of a good man is forever...


Tolerance of sexual immorality among clergy is coming back to haunt us...


Coptic monk arrested over murder of bishop in Egypt...


Fight scandal by giving witness to the Gospel, Pope tells young people...

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We are witnessing the collapse of the episcopal establishment in the United States...


Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission is again hounding Jack Phillips for refusing to bake a cake despite the Supreme Court win in Masterpiece Cakeshop...


St. Joseph the Teacher and the death penalty passage...
Nicholas Frankovich
At the direction of the pope, the name of St. Joseph was added to the canon of the Mass in the Roman rite. The year was 1962. In discussions of liturgical reform up to then, the canon tended to be regarded as the Holy of Holies: do not touch. Its text was assumed to be ancient and unchanged since the pontificate of Gregory the Great in the sixth century...


The Pennsylvania grand jury report is a reminder of the toll of failure...
Matthew Bunson
The redacted grand jury report on the 70-year history of clergy sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses that was released by the state Attorney General Josh Shapiro Aug. 14 was expected, but it still proved horrifying. Its impact extends well beyond the state of Pennsylvania, especially as it comes as the next terrible blow to Catholics still dealing with the scandal of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the ongoing lurid crises of sexual abuse...


Chilean officials raid bishops’ conference amid abuse investigation...


Group sends ‘An Appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church’ over Catechism death penalty revision...


Important reminder: God is more powerful than Satan...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the work of deliverance ministry, one of the first obstacles to overcome in the afflicted soul is an exaggerated notion of the power of Satan and his demons. Often the troubled person is experiencing a time of crisis. Overwhelmed, he is often scared and sees only darkness. The power of the evil one seems very real, while the power of the angels...


Does the mega-diocese foster sexual scandals and bad priests? Yes...
Taylor Marshall
A Mega-Diocese is a diocese so enormous that a bishop cannot oversee it. Remember “bishop” in Greek is επίσκοπος (episcopos) which means “overseer.” Epi means “over” as in the word epidermis. Skopos means “see” as in the English words scope and telescope. What we have created over the last 150 years (since the loss of the Papal States...


Wuerl, Trautman, Zubik and Timlin: First thoughts on the Pennsylvania Catholic sex abuse horror...
Rod Dreher
The Pennsylvania grand jury report is out: read it here. It examines 70 years of child sex abuse by Catholic priests in six of the state’s eight dioceses, and 70 years of cover-up. Josh Shapiro, the state Attorney General, said in his press conference this afternoon that “over one thousand child victims” were identified in the investigation...


Mathematicians solve age-old mystery involving spaghetti...


Why some suspect there is a connection between homosexual priests and abuse...


Janet Smith to the U.S. bishops: ‘Save the Church — tell everything’...


Fr. Thomas Rosica: ‘Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’ ...


15 things to know and share about the ‘unanimous consent’ of the Church Fathers...


This is the fastest-sinking city in the world...


The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is more powerful than you imagine...


The Church does not need a tearing down by the mob. It needs a building up by saints...


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