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Pope will meet abuse survivors in Ireland, Vatican confirms


NPD may be the hidden psychological problem behind the sex scandals...


‘I'm still paralyzed’ — What should an innocent priest do when a stranger yells ‘pedophile!’ at the store?


Why Dorothy Day never expected much of the bishops...
David Mills
“As a convert, I never expected much of bishops,” said Dorothy Day, at the age of 70. She’d been dealing with them up close for over four decades. “In all history, popes and bishops and father abbots seem to have been blind and power-loving and greedy. I never expected leadership from them. It is the saints that keep appearing all through history who keep things going...


Pope St. Pius X — restoring all things in Christ...
Stephanie Mann
There have been 12 popes named Pius; the first (Pope Saint Pius I) in the second century; the latest (Pope Pius XII) reigning from 1939 to 1958. Popes named Pius have seen the Church through tumultuous times. Enea (named after Vergil’s Aeneas) Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini, who took the name Pius II in 1458, tried to raise a crusade against the Ottoman Empire...


Letter of His Holiness to the People of God...
Pope Francis
In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately seventy years. Even though it can be said that most of these cases belong to the past, nonetheless as time goes on we have come to know the pain of many of the victims...


Pope writes letter on scandals; asks all Catholics to pray, fast and fight ‘the culture of abuse’ ...


Costly Truth – A homily for the 20th Sunday of the year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the Gospel this Sunday, we continue with Jesus’ great treatise on the Eucharist. Although many of the Jewish listeners who hear Him speaking in the synagogue at Capernaum are grumbling and murmuring in protest at His insistence that they eat His flesh and drink His blood, Jesus does not back down. In fact, He “doubles down” and quite graphically teaches a very real...


Fuel for the fire: St. Sebald and Eucharistic transformation...
Rick Becker
Today’s Gospel couldn’t be plainer: Eat Jesus and become Jesus. “For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink,” says the Lord. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” It’s what happens every Sunday – for some folks, every day – if we’re properly disposed and we present ourselves for Holy Communion...


Where is Jesus in the midst of the Church’s sex-abuse crisis?


Cardinal Wuerl withdraws from World Meeting of Families keynote in Dublin...


Reflections on 25 years of Pope John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor...


The death penalty debate and the Church’s magisterium...
Edward Peters
I follow the death penalty debate, of course, but I am more concerned about how that debate impacts some ecclesiologically important aspects of the Church’s teaching function. As for the death penalty itself I find the arguments organized by Feser and Bessette in their treatise, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Ignatius, 2017)...


Let the world know that Judas did something bad. Better they hear it now than later...


Will you, this moment, let Jesus' Good News saturate your soul with grace?
Marcel LeJeune
I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks have been pretty rough. First there was the story of Archbishop (former Cardinal) McCarrick. Then we had the report from Pennsylvania drop this week. It is so depressing. Last night it reached an apex when my wife and I cried with our two oldest kids after one of them asked me to explain what was going on...


The intercommunion proposal of the German bishops is unbiblical...


On bitter rage, deep grief, righteous anger, and the future of the Catholic Church...


Why men like me should not be priests...

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Pat Cross cartoon: The Roots of the Sex Scandal...


Assailant attacks Byzantine priest in sacristy, shouting ‘This is for all the kids!’...
Deacon Greg Kandra
From my friend and brother deacon Daniel Dozier, who received this communication from the chancery of the Parma Eparchy: Fr. Basil Hutsko was attacked and knocked unconscious this morning in the altar servers sacristy at his parish in Merrillville, Indiana after celebrating Liturgy. The attacker choked him and slammed his head to the ground...


Cardinal Tobin responds to allegations: ‘No one has ever spoken to me about a gay subculture in the Archdiocese of Newark’...


Infidelity is a poison in the bloodstream of the Church. The solution is fidelity, fidelity, fidelity...
Robert P. George
At the heart of the recent Catholic scandals is infidelity—literally the lack of faith. There are priests, including bishops and even cardinals, who do not believe in God, or whose belief in God is merely notional (as definitively evidenced by their lack of fear of Him). In any event, they don't believe what the Catholic Church teaches about morality (and by morality...


Strengthening faith in a time of crisis...
R. Jared Staudt
A crisis that strikes so centrally at the integrity of the Church necessitates a response from each one us. There must be general reform in the Church, but I’d like to explore how each one of us can respond to the Church’s crisis with a commitment to stronger faith and personal reform. In focusing on this personal response, I am by no means equating personal sin with the deep corruption we are discovering nor seeking to take focus away from needed calls for practical change...


Acceptance of homosexuality runs deep in American parishes...


Bishop Morlino: ‘Homosexual subculture within the hierarchy is wreaking great devastation’...


After Wuerl's pullout, Pope in Ireland may have to face not just crime but cover-up...
John Allen
An already challenging trip to Ireland for Pope Francis next weekend became even more vexing on Saturday, as news broke that Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., had pulled out of a keynote speech at the World Meeting of Families which is the official purpose of the pontiff’s visit. Wuerl withdrew because of the tempest caused by a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report questioning his record on handling sexual abuse charges as the bishop of Pittsburgh in the 1990s and 2000s...


On Pope’s Irish trip, question isn't if he’ll meet victims but what happens next...


Active homosexuality in the priesthood helped cause this crisis...


The Feast of Wisdom — the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
Every Catholic should take the time at some point in their life to watch “Babette’s Feast,” a beautiful movie about a French cook in Denmark who wins the lottery and spends her entire earnings on a lavish feast for the two old spinsters she works for, and all their friends. Babette’s Feast was an obvious and intentional Eucharistic allegory...


Dear Cardinal DiNardo and USCCB: Do the right things, and we will have your backs...
Elizabeth Scalia
Thank you for your recently-released statement addressing the revelations concerning both Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. Many American Catholics are grateful to read that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is committed to investigating, reporting on, and resolving questions and circumstances surrounding both issues...


Cardinal Burke: Pope must ‘take action’ to clean up ‘homosexual culture’ in Church...


Why do I stay Catholic? Because of my faith in Jesus Christ. There is a plan, and I plan to see it revealed...


The Catholic bishops who failed us all (WSJ paywall)...


New allegations surface regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark priests...


Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigates sexual harassment allegations at St. Charles Borromeo seminary...


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