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.
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.
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