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.
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.
Forgiveness is a powerful force. But without real change, it’s also meaningless, which is why standards are crucial.
Far too many church leaders, including some still in positions of authority, saw a greater ‘sin’ in public scandal than in the violation of young children.
We don’t need more bland expressions of sorrow from bishops. We need public penance, resignations, and a new generation of leaders in the Catholic Church.
The speed, intensity, and content of criticism of the death penalty pronouncement suggest a fundamental disrespect for the office and person of the pope.
Marital infidelity is high, and premarital sex is the norm. Forced sterilization is a reality, and abortion rates have skyrocketed.
‘Humanae Vitae’ tells us that our bodies are good, and not intrinsically flawed. Our fertility is natural and beautiful, not something to fear and murder.
What I heard made me think twice about using the pill. It also led me on a journey that shifted my thinking about sex, my body, marriage, and our responsibility to children.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently rewrote a quadrennial advisory for Catholic voters. The timing appears geared toward influencing the 2018 midterms.
While many conservatives predicted Ireland’s abortion ban repeal would lead to the loss of other freedoms, it’s surprising how quickly it’s happening.
Catholic doctrine and a slew of mental health professionals tell me that he was beyond rational thought, and I concede the point intellectually. But I can’t emotionally.
The grace of each woman’s decision throws into relief the lurid jubilation in Ireland over the results of the May 25 referendum.
If the Eighth Amendment is repealed, Ireland will take a giant leap backwards, ironically in the name of progress.
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