Joan Frawley Desmond

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11 Things to Know About Archbishop Wilton Gregory

1. Archbishop Gregory is the only living African-American archbishop. 2. His appointment was confirmed on the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. 3. He was born on Dec. 7, 1947, and is 71 years old. 4. If named a...

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‘Unplanned’ Isn’t Propaganda, But a Mirror to a Culture of Death

“Unplanned” isn’t a good movie, but it’s effective propaganda.” That’s the takeaway from a Variety film review of “Unplanned,” the new film adaptation of Abby Johnson’s real-life story of a Planned Parenthood clinic manager who becomes a...

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More Reasons to Question the Holy See’s Accord with China

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the Vatican diplomat who helped secure the September 2018 provisional accord between the Holy See and China that formalized rules for appointing bishops, was asked yesterday if he had second thoughts about the...

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Why Did Cardinal Wuerl Lie About McCarrick? Here's What You Need to Know

Last week, U.S. Catholics learned that Cardinal Wuerl knew that his disgraced predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, had faced allegations of sexual misconduct with seminarians back in 2004. And when Cardinal Wuerl was accused of lying about his...

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The Dictatorship of Relativism is an Oppressive Regime

The first thing you learn about Andrea Long Chu, a self-identified “transgendered woman” and the author of a very strange opinion column in the New York Times, “My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy,” is that he does not expect to feel any better...

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McCarrick, Viganò and the Next Archbishop of Washington

The McCarrick scandal has trained a harsh spotlight on the mostly secret process of appointing bishops to top U.S. Church posts, as I note in my recent story here. Now, following the retirement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who remains as...

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Does This Document Prove Wuerl Knew About McCarrick?

In 2005, three New Jersey dioceses approved an $80,000 settlement resulting from allegations of sexual misconduct brought by a former priest against three men: a Pittsburgh priest, a New Jersey high school teacher and then-Cardinal Theodore...

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Fr. Boniface Ramsey Reveals 2006 McCarrick-Related Letter

Fr. Boniface Ramsey, the whistleblower whose quiet campaign to warn Church officials about Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s alleged misconduct with seminarians recently came to light, just fired another shot across the bow of the Vatican. On...

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Whistleblower Father Boniface Ramsey Reacts to Archbishop Viganò’s Letter

Eighteen years ago, while most of his countrymen prepared for a Thanksgiving feast, Dominican Father Boniface Ramsey swallowed his fears and wrote a letter to Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Vatican’s representative to the United States. The...

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When the Human Race “Has Lost Its Power to Breed”

A couple of years ago, China’s Communist Party mandarins received a rude shock. Though the party leadership had tweaked its brutal one-child policy to allow for a second child, relatively few women took advantage of the new opening. Fearful that...