Seth G. Jones’ engaging new history, ‘A Covert Action: Reagan the CIA and the Cold War Struggle in Poland,’ gives due credit the Catholic Church, Polish Solidarity leaders, and Ronald Reagan for overthrowing the Soviet Union.
I was concerned that such an extremist organization could exist right under my nose. I decided to use my contacts and do an investigation into this mysterious, problematic group.
Catholics leaving the church over the sex abuse crisis are giving into the false notion that the sacraments depend on blameless clerics.
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.
If matters were ‘ultimately all about’ the Eucharist, it would have to be admitted that Eastern Orthodoxy remains a perfectly legitimate option for discouraged and disillusioned Catholics.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore this week hoping to address the sex abuse crisis. Instead, they made things worse.
Ours is no era of new enlightenment––the church, and Jesus himself, have been empowering and uplifting Christian women for years.
How Catholic self-conception is key to understanding arguments in favor of staying in the church, despite recent scandals.
Instead of composing a useless document filled with reheated progressive clichés about the need to reach the youth and stay relevant, bishops should consider why traditional parishes seem to do so well.
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.
All that is clear is that the Vatican and the Chinese Communist Party will work, behind closed doors, to select all future bishops in every Chinese diocese.
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.
We are finite, contingent beings, and we must not presume that our reason is capable of transcending this to achieve a sort of God’s-eye view of reality.
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.
As you may have seen in the news, there’s been another art ‘restoration’ incident, this time in the village church at Rañadorio, in the northwest Spanish region of Asturias.
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