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Where is Jesus in the midst of the Church’s sex-abuse crisis?

Father Thomas Berg is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, a former Legionary of Christ and professor of moral theology, vice rector and director of admissions at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York. He is author of Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics. He spoke recently with CNA’s Courtney Grogan about the challenges Catholics face amid the Church’s sexual abuse and misconduct scandals...

On Pope’s Irish trip, question isn't if he’ll meet victims but what happens next...

No matter when Pope Francis might come to Ireland, it wouldn’t be an easy trip. This is a culture, after all, lacerated north and south, facing the impact of runaway secularization and some of the world’s most appalling clerical sexual abuse scandals. Right now, however, feels like a particularly tough moment. In the run-up to Francis’s arrival next Saturday morning...

Cardinal Wuerl withdraws from World Meeting of Families keynote in Dublin...

A Cardinal who was heavily criticized for his handling of child sexual abuse allegations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report has withdrawn from a scheduled appearance at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin next week, it has been confirmed. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, was due to give the keynote address...

Active homosexuality in the priesthood helped cause this crisis...

There is a line in the Acts of the Apostles that I once found humorous: So the word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem continued to grow rapidly. Even a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7) Of course the priests referred to here are the priests of the ancient Temple, the Levitical priests...

Reflections on 25 years of Pope John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor...

On August 6th, the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Church marked the 25th anniversary of Pope St John Paul II’s landmark encyclical, Veritatis splendor. St John Paul himself explained the reason for the encyclical: Although the Church has “at all times developed and proposed a moral teaching regarding the many different spheres of human life...

The Feast of Wisdom — the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time...

Every Catholic should take the time at some point in their life to watch “Babette’s Feast,” a beautiful movie about a French cook in Denmark who wins the lottery and spends her entire earnings on a lavish feast for the two old spinsters she works for, and all their friends. Babette’s Feast was an obvious and intentional Eucharistic allegory...

The death penalty debate and the Church’s magisterium...

I follow the death penalty debate, of course, but I am more concerned about how that debate impacts some ecclesiologically important aspects of the Church’s teaching function. As for the death penalty itself I find the arguments organized by Feser and Bessette in their treatise, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Ignatius, 2017)...

Dear Cardinal DiNardo and USCCB: Do the right things, and we will have your backs...

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...

Let the world know that Judas did something bad. Better they hear it now than later.....

There is a well-known principle of studying history known as the “criterion of embarrassment.” We see it vindicated in our own day in America every time some self-righteous SJW campaigns to demolish a statue of a Confederate general or what have you, and they call it “progress.” The Romans called it “damnatio memoriae” – the destruction of a person’s memory...

Cardinal Burke: Pope must ‘take action’ to clean up ‘homosexual culture’ in Church...

This week Cardinal Raymond Burke addressed the new wave of clergy abuse scandal giving insights and observations as to how it needs to be addressed. In an interview with Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, Cardinal Burke discussed the recent scandals involving clergy and members of the hierarchy. When asked about what is at the root of the crisis Cardinal Burke said "it seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals that indeed there is a homosexual culture...

Will you, this moment, let Jesus' Good News saturate your soul with grace?

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...

Why do I stay Catholic? Because of my faith in Jesus Christ. There is a plan, and I plan to see it revealed.....

I was born and raised in the Catholic Church. I have not always been the most faithful, mind you, but I’ve tried. If nothing else, I do what I can to set a good example for my daughters. It seems like my whole life has been filled with stories and jokes about priests and altar boys. These scandals aren’t new – Massachusetts comes to mind – but they do get a lot of media attention...

The intercommunion proposal of the German bishops is unbiblical...

The German bishops are at it again. They are pushing the controversial agenda of intercommunion in certain instances for “mixed marriages” of Catholics with Protestant spouses. Accordingly, the German bishops published guidelines entitled: “Walking with Christ—tracing unity. Inter-denominational marriages and sharing the Eucharist...

The Catholic bishops who failed us all (WSJ paywall)...

A Pennsylvania grand jury this week published a 900-page report detailing sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by some 300 Roman Catholic priests over 70 years. The grand jury had spent two years gathering subpoenaed archives from Pennsylvania’s six dioceses. It sought not only to share the victims’ stories but to document an entrenched culture of coverup reaching the highest levels of the U...

New allegations surface regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark priests...

Recent allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick include reports that he made sexual advances toward seminarians during his tenure as bishop of Metuchen and archbishop of Newark. CNA recently spoke to six priests of the Archdiocese of Newark, and one priest member of a religious order who was a seminarian in New York in the early 1970s...

On bitter rage, deep grief, righteous anger, and the future of the Catholic Church...

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...

Why men like me should not be priests.....

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...

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

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has launched an investigation into allegations that a former student at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary sexually harassed a freshman at the Wynnewood school during the 2010-11 academic year, according to a letter sent to priests and deacons Tuesday. The letter, signed by Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior...

Cleansing the Church of clerical sacrilege...

It is time for clergy and laity to begin a movement for the purification of the Church. The shameful sexual sins and crimes of clergy—including cardinals, bishops, and priests—can no longer be tolerated. Tolerance is precisely what has allowed these problems to multiply for decades and persist up to today. As Fr. Thomas Berg recently explained...

What to make of the Catholic reaction to McCarrick and the Pennsylvania grand jury report...

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...
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