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New allegations surface regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark priests


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)...


Why men like me should not be priests...
Daniel Mattson
I am the sort of man the Catholic Church says shouldn’t be a priest. I experience what the Vatican calls “deep-seated homosexual tendencies,” which, according to the Church, make me an unsuitable candidate for the priesthood. The 2005 Vatican instruction on the question of homosexuality and the priesthood states this clearly: “The Church...


Cleansing the Church of clerical sacrilege...


The little-known Chinese sacrificial hat, and reflections on inculturation in China...


Sometimes our grief is too heavy even to put into words. But Jesus knows all about our troubles... ...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I like many of you am grieving these days. I will not speak directly to it here, but I think you know why I am grieving. I don’t do grief well. But I have learned to study it in others and thus find my way. My father died more than 10 years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention...


America’s 30 Major League ballparks, ranked...


FAQs on Pope Francis in Ireland, including size, pricetag and blowback...
John Allen
In the run-up to a papal trip virtually anywhere in the world, there are certain stories one can expect the local press to pursue with the precision of clockwork. As a rule of thumb, those topics include: How big a deal is this? How much is it all going to cost? Who’s not happy about it? Ireland has a vigorous press culture, which means that as Pope Francis’s Aug...


Global Britain was built as a narco-empire...


Cardinal O’Malley withdraws from World Meeting of Families...


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...


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...

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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...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
This has been an ugly week: first for the survivors of sex abuse; second, for Catholics across the state; third, for the wider public. For many, rage is the emotion of choice. The latest grand jury report is a bitterly painful text. But rage risks wounding the innocent along with the guilty, and it rarely accomplishes anything good...


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


What to make of the Catholic reaction to McCarrick and the Pennsylvania grand jury report...
J.D. Flynn
Among the sexual abusers mentioned in the Aug. 14 Pennsylvania grand jury report, one priest merits particular attention. Rev. David Szatkowski, SCJ, is mentioned in the section of the report concerning the Diocese of Allentown. In 2011, he was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child. In August of that year, Szatkowski...


“Will you also go away?”...
Marcus Grodi
How does one adequately address the growing scandal in the Church? Specifically, as I consider this in relation to our work in the Coming Home Network, how do we explain to non-Catholics why they should still consider coming home to the fullness of the Church — and why must Catholics remain? As we see in the above Scripture — and as has been said by many during this difficult time — scandals have been present in the Church from the very beginning: one among the Twelve betrayed his calling...


About withholding donations to the Church...
Edward Peters
Various voices are calling for the faithful to withhold donations from the Church in response to the McCarrick scandal, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and so on. Other voices are urging Catholics to resist such calls. As the calls pro and con seem, so far, to fall within the bounds of Canon 212 § 3, I say...


President of U.S. Bishops' Conference announces plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’...


The season of living bread...
Tom Nash
If you’re old enough — or perhaps have just seen them on the internet—you may recall the famous Coke commercials of the 1970s, in which a multicultural group of young people proclaim about the soft drink, “It’s the real thing!” Well, if I may elevate the theme a bit, the Eucharist could be described as the ultimate “Real Thing...


Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a woman of science...
Fr. George Rutler
A cavalcade of women whose scientific achievements have had an important impact on the way we live and do things, challenges any attempt to stereotype these geniuses as colorless drones or “nerds,” which is merely a neologism of Dr. Seuss from 1950. For instance, the mathematician Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil was an elegant if wayward mistress of Voltaire...


A time for anger? Some Catholic bishops worked hard to limit exposure of their sins and crimes...


10 things to remember about the Assumption of Mary...


Only the love of God the Father can restore us...


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


The Pennsylvania grand jury report is a reminder of the toll of failure...


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


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