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On the “Enduring of Evil”

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In his treatise “On Pastors,” Augustine wrote: “’You have failed to strengthen the weak,’ says the Lord. He is speaking of wicked shepherds, false shepherds who seek their own concerns and not those of Christ.” The turmoil about deviant pastors and bishops is not wholly a new one. Christ, in a famous passage, stated that […]

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Of Dante and Our Current Crisis

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In these bad days I have called to mind Dante’s Inferno.  I think of the structure of the City of Dis, the Hell within Hell.  Outside of its miserable walls are punished those sinners who gave in to immoderate desires for things that are naturally good, such as the intercourse of the sexes, male and female, […]

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On Needing God – and the Teaching on Hell

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The doctrine of hellfire attests to the fact that we can make ourselves such as not to need God.  “But every creature needs God to continue to exist,” you say.  Yes, metaphysically, every being other than God receives its being from God and therefore needs God.  We can become such persons, however, that in our […]

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Rome Failed on McCarrick – and Needs to Change

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Representatives of the American bishops have now met with Pope Francis to discuss the much-needed investigation of the McCarrick Affair. This is understandable since any process involving the ex-cardinal and other prelates requires papal permission. It’s one thing to ask the pope’s support for an investigation, however, and quite another to trust Vatican officials to […]

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The Deeper Crisis: Abuse of Authority

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Countless voices are being raised among bishops, priests, and laity calling for credible investigations of the McCarrick scandal, sexual abuse cover-ups, and the crisis in sexual morality, particularly regarding homosexual activity among the clergy. Those issues warrant detailed examination, especially in light of the New Paradigm for morality advocated by leading prelates, which accommodates contraception, […]

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Trust: Either You Have It or You Don’t

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came across an advertisement for a financial institution recently that, sad to say, displayed more wisdom than we usually find today among many people, including many Catholics: “Trust is binary. Either you have it or you don’t.” A bold statement these days, by anyone. For the politically correct, “binary” distinctions are not only stupid and […]