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USCCB announces new abuse measures, calls for McCarrick investigation; no mention of lay board, apostolic visitation


The biggest water evacuation in history (500,000 people in 9 hours) wasn’t Dunkirk — it was Manhattan...


When you officiate your sister’s wedding: A moving marriage homily...


So a Chicago priest who was once abused burns a rainbow-cross flag and all heck breaks out...
Terry Mattingly
Well, here is a hot-button story if I’ve ever seen one. Take a look at this headline atop the report at NBCNews.com: “Parishioners defy Chicago Archdiocese, burn rainbow flag in 'exorcism' ceremony.” Just to give you a hint of how complicated this case is, that headline actually jumps the gun and settles one of the issues that is in dispute...


In denial about not ordaining homosexuals?
Jeff Mirus
I won’t bore you with the details, but every time the Vatican issues an instruction stating that those with clear homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the priesthood, there follows a plethora of articles—including some in L’Osservatore Romano itself—in which the writers fall all over themselves to make sure that we understand that there must be (undoubtedly frequent) exceptions to every rule...


How corrupt Vatican officials and other “strange characters” gutted an Italian hospital and split the Papal Foundation...


The Church must reclaim the cardinal virtues...


Fascinating data visualization from the NYTimes: How connected is your community to everywhere else in America?


Benedict XVI discusses his resignation in newly-published letters...
Edward Pentin
A German newspaper today published two letters Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote last November which give a glimpse of how he views his resignation and what many see as turmoil in the Church that has followed his unexpected departure. Bild newspaper reports that Benedict XVI wrote the letters in response to a cardinal but it doesn’t name him...


25th Sunday of Ordinary Time — Why being good doesn’t pay...
John Bergsma
When I was younger, especially from high school through my early days as a Protestant pastor, I had this strong sense that if a person always did what was right, “things would work out.” That is to say, righteousness was the path to the good life. God would pave the way in front of the person that does his will. There is some truth to that...


5 reasons why Catholics don’t evangelize...
Marcel LeJeune
In 2013, the Barna Group did a large survey on the importance of Christians who share their faith. The group which had the lowest number of people who actively shared their faith was Catholics. Here is the truly sad part. They only polled those they designated as "people who said they have made “a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today” and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they had confessed their sins and had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: “Honor parents. They have given us life!”...


Parishioners defy Archdiocese of Chicago, burn rainbow flag in fire pit used for Easter Vigil Mass...


Our active commitment is needed to confront this emergency...
Fr. George Rutler
That every five hundred years the Church passes through a crisis is not a novel insight. It may even be something of a contrived schematic, since there have been other crises as well, but each of those periods has influenced the Church to an extraordinary and radical degree: The Fall of the Roman Empire, the Great East-West Schism...


New York Times flashback: Is hiding sex scandals among bishops just the ‘Roman way?’...


‘An extremely large settlement’: Diocese of Brooklyn to pay $27.5 million to settle 4 sex abuse cases...


Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian...


Christ wants each of His priests to be an angry dad who protects his family — not an aloof coward who tells lies...
Fr. Roger Landry
In the last two weeks, there have been ongoing developments in the clergy scandals that erupted with the revelation of the sexual abuse committed by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, widened with the publication of the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation of sexual abuse of minors, and mushroomed further with the publication of testimonies by Archbishop Carlo Viganò...

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Finding grace in the Eternal City...
Jenny Uebbing
I woke up blinking and disoriented in the chilly darkness of our hotel room, craning my neck to see if any light was squeezing through the cracks of the blackout shutters. I rolled over and grabbed my phone, which was displaying the current time on the east coast of the United States in military format. Zelie’s morning chortles echoed from down the hall...


The blood of martyrs is still the seed for the Church...


More about that Chicago priest who defied Cardinal Cupich and burned a homosexual flag at his parish...


Permanent assignments for parish priests are long overdue...
Rick Becker
I’m a rotten dad, but I’m not so rotten that I’m indifferent to becoming a better one. And that’s been the case since Nancy inexplicably agreed to be my wife a quarter century ago. Christian marriage is essentially a sacred contract, witnessed by the Church, that a man agrees to die perpetually for his wife, that a woman agrees to do the same for her husband...


U.S. bishops voice support for ‘full investigation’ of McCarrick scandal...
John Allen
After a meeting between Pope Francis and the leadership of the US bishops’ conference last Thursday following which no plans for a probe of the case of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick were announced, the bishops on Wednesday announced their support for a “full investigation.” A statement from the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also announced various plans for establishing reporting systems and codes of conduct with regard to bishops and the sexual abuse of minors...


Top 9 questions and answers on Bishop Barron’s Reddit AMA...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Bishop Robert Barron did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit today. I did an AMA with a fellow priest before and might do it again sometime. It was really interesting to see all his answers. Here are what I think are the top questions and answers. The first question was about faith as a challenge: What do you find is the most significant challenge to your personal faith...


While seemingly locked in a vegetative state, ESPN’s Victoria Arlen relied on prayer to survive...


You, dear reader, are a “Child of God.” It is your greatest title...
Msgr. Charles Pope
is a simple lesson, really, so simple that we usually miss it altogether. The lesson is this: for all our exalted titles, honors, and distinctions, at the end of the day our greatest title is “Beloved Son (Daughter) of God.” Jesus stands this little child in their midst. To them who would boast of their exalted status and argue about who was the greatest...


Catholic bishops and the problem of scandal...
E. Christian Brugger
In popular parlance, scandal often is used to refer to moral outrage. For example, a good priest might say, “The Catholic faithful are being scandalized by the conduct of their leaders.” Here, he is referring to the shock, anger and feelings of betrayal suffered by those who are surprised and disgusted to learn of their leader’s complicity in wrongdoing...


Maintenance Catholicism is finished. Mission-driven Catholicism is the Church with a future...
George Weigel
Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, took things from “boil” to “nuclear meltdown” during a press conference presenting John Paul II’s Holy Thursday letter to the priests of the world. Peppered with questions about the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the U...


Why does the Crucifix of La Salette feature a hammer and pincers?


Leaked NPR emails: Don’t call Kermit Gosnell an ‘abortion doctor’...


Indian bishop accused of rape steps aside, requests leave from Vatican...


Here is your prescription for peace in a world of woe...


It’s time to recover the Ember Days fasts...


Prominent Australian politician renounces atheism, is baptized in the Catholic Church at 85...


#1 - If a priest abuses the Mass (like this guy), don’t be surprised when he’s later accused of sexual violations...


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