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The Pope Owns This

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The annual Fall Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which took place in Baltimore earlier this week, was a disappointment on many levels. Yet there were also moments of light and strength coming from a good number of bishops. They spoke with clarity, acknowledging the seriousness of the crisis both in […]

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Jesus’ Response to the Scandals?

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A little-known book of private revelations to a Benedictine priest offers some answers. This second wave of the revelation of the sexual-abuse scandals in the Church has been sickening and disheartening for so many as we confront the suffering of countless victims, the wickedness of predators, the lack of spiritual paternity and pastoral determination on the part […]

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Punishing the Guilty Is Justice, Not a Witch Hunt

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There is no “witch hunt.” I don’t know anyone who wants to drive from the priesthood any celibate holy man who is true to Church teaching. In the fallout from the revelations of former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s serial sexual predation, some have worried about an “anti-gay witch hunt.” Recently, a headline in America magazine all but shouted, “Homosexuality […]

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Do I Want To See?

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“There is none so blind as he who will not see.” In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus asks blind Bartimaeus what he wants, and the latter’s response is unambiguous: “Master, I want to see.” And Jesus gives him back his sight. The episode of Bartimaeus is one of several healings of the sightless in the Gospels, […]

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Youth Synod Final Document: Five Areas of Concern

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Synodality, sexual abuse, homosexuality, women in the Church, and a flawed but seemingly invincible working document are a few parts of the final text giving some bishops heartburn. The Vatican released the final document of the Youth Synod on Saturday evening, and although the 249 synod fathers who voted on the document gave it a sustained […]

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We Need to Know: Silence Is Not An Option in the Abuse Crisis

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Compared to his initial, rambling 11-page discourse, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s more concise second public statement renewing his allegations of a long-standing Vatican cover-up of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct does a much better job of articulating which of his shocking assertions require public and swift answers. And the continuing media deluge of additional revelations of abuse allegations […]