Joan Frawley Desmond

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cardinal O’Malley Says ‘More Than Apologies’ Needed in Cardinal McCarrick Scandal

On Tuesday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Vatican’s sexual abuse commission, issued the following statement regarding the unfolding sex abuse scandal involving Cardinal Theodore McCarrick: “For the past...

Will This Catholic Jurist Be the Newest Supreme Court Justice?

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s imminent retirement is fueling speculation that a pro-life Catholic mother of seven could be Trump’s next pick for the high court. Last year, Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at the...

Cardinal McCarrick: What Did the Vatican Know and When?

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., was suspended from public ministry on Wednesday, after an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor was found to be credible.  According to a statement released by the...

Why Pope Francis Says Eugenic Abortion is Like Nazi Germany

When Reuters reported that Pope Francis had likened the now-routine practice of aborting children with potential birth defects to the Nazis’ campaign “to pursue the pureness of the race,” Facebook users 

Irish PM Says Catholic Hospitals Will Be Forced to Abort Children

Just weeks after a lopsided, groundbreaking vote struck down Ireland’s constitutional ban on legal abortion, the country’s Taoiseach signaled the broader moral and legal implications of this sea change in a once deeply Catholic nation. “It will...

Jordan Peterson Confronts the Problem of Pain

A Jewish ophthalmologist I know is a leading specialist on a rare condition that can cause blindness, and it was that expertise that led him to the Catholic faith.  Over time, as scores of anxious patients came to him for final confirmation of...