As sex abuse runs rampant, how should faithful Catholics deal with bishops who have already deserted their flock by engaging in egregious behavior?
Fundamentally, neither bishops nor laity have any power in the government of their church. That’s leading to some huge problems as Francis works against resolving the priest abuse crisis.
How Catholic self-conception is key to understanding arguments in favor of staying in the church, despite recent scandals.
The loss of confidence in Pope Francis reflects that his mismanagement of the crisis has been a scandal in itself. It may also reveal a growing public awareness of Francis’ own poor record.
The report reveals a pope indifferent to the complaints of abuse survivors, and who has surrounded himself with others accused of covering up claims.
Inadequate—and blameworthy—are expressions of sympathy for the abused that disguise the elephant in the rectory. The first responsibility is to call things by their right name.
The Kavanaugh chaos is not politics as usual, even in the norm-shattering age of Trump. Rather, it is a convergence of the neuroses and contradictions in American culture.
The Catholic Church is a leftover of absolute power and rule by divine right, and this is a leading factor in its current crisis.
Catholic laity are right to demand honesty from the hierarchy. But let them also be honest with themselves and others about why they remain in the church.
The wrongs of the past can’t be retroactively undone, of course, but houses of worship can implement realistic policies to help keep more kids safe in the future.
This scandal will prove to be a crisis on the scale of the Protestant Reformation, which began just over 500 years ago — an earthquake of 9.5 on the Richter scale.
I have a simple call to action for people from every church and from all walks of life. It is this: Do your job without partiality. Do not be swayed by the reputation of individuals or the power of institutions.
Tens of thousands of Catholic women are doing what so few official church ‘leaders’ have done as this abuse crisis spins out of control.
The change is painful, but good to make us more who we truly are. I know that when this trial ends, the church will emerge closer to Christ than before.
Contrary to Robert Tracinski’s argument about the Catholic priest sex scandal, the Catholic church is not at war with reason or private judgement.
Abuse should not be covered up, and offending priests should be dismissed from the priesthood, of course, but the church’s teaching on sexuality is not the problem.
Ultimately, the core of the issue here is not about sex. Not substantially. It is about a degraded Vatican culture that supports men like Theodore McCarrick.
Hypocrisy, even that which stinks to the highest heaven, does not and cannot disprove truth.
Since his election, Pope Francis has done everything within his power to soften and subvert the church’s teaching concerning human sexuality. He also packed the College of Cardinals with the Lavender Mafia.
If the left succeeds in forcing Donald Trump out of office, the damage to our democratic republic cannot be overstated.
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