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Roundup: Bishops React to Sexual Abuse Scandal

Several U.S. bishops have issued statements in reaction to the scandal surrounding Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) Theodore McCarrick and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. This overview will be periodically updated, with the most recent excerpts...

An Exorcist’s Perspective on the Sex Abuse Scandal

The loyalties of those who have relentlessly defended the Church have been wearied. While we were defending and praying for the Church to rise above old sex scandals, it seems that leaders within the Church kept them going. So now, how do we...

Eucharist, Parenthood, Communion of Persons

Last week, in the context of Jesus’ ongoing Eucharistic teaching, we looked at the communion of persons which constitutes marriage. While marriage is a distinct institution, with its own identity, rights and duties, in real-life marriage...

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...

Are We Really ‘in This Boat Together’?

Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. posted a message yesterday, which said in part: This has been the summer from hell for the Catholic Church and our sins are blatantly exposed for the world to see. The recent tsunami of headlines about abuse of minors...

Ignatius Press at 40 Years: An Interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio

As a frequent writer, I get to interact with various faithful Catholic publishing agencies at different levels — as an author, consultant, book reviewer, and in other realms of ministerial collaboration. I am privileged to be able to participate...

The “Unanimous Consent” of the Church Fathers

In 1546, the Council of Trent issued a decree which prohibited people from interpreting Scripture “contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.” The meaning and significance of this concept has been widely misunderstood, so let’s take a...

Shepherds Wanted — No Experience Necessary

Watching the first interview Cardinal Donald Wuerl recently gave to a TV news outlet made me think of a lot of things — a shepherd standing before his flock, staff in hand, being brave, honest and bold, not among them. You see, in my day job, I...

“We Have Nothing to Fear From the Truth”

This article originally appeared at Catholic World Report and is reprinted with permission.  Philip F. Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for decades, and Catholic World News, which he founded in 1995, was the first English-language Catholic...

Paul McCusker and the Radio Theater Renaissance

“LOOSE! … HEAVE! … ATTACK! … INTO THE MOOT!” Suddenly the men roaring these words fell silent. They had been told to do so by a mild-mannered American sitting listening intently to their voices. That American is Paul McCusker. He is an...