Msgr. Charles Pope

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3 Keys to Credibility at the Upcoming Sex Abuse Summit

The summit on clerical sexual abuse called by the Holy Father is scheduled for Feb. 21-24. While no meeting of four days can be expected to fully resolve such a devastating scandal, a central goal must be to begin the very long process of...

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Catholic Abortion Supporters Like Cuomo Must Face Penalties

There comes a time when something is so egregious and boldly sinful that it must be met with strong ecclesial and canonical penalties and remedies. We have certainly seen this in the Church with the Archbishop McCarrick case and other matters...

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It’s Time for a Conclave — Not in Rome but in Washington!

Note: I write this post with a certain degree of humor. I admit to a certain glee at the thought of locking our leaders in and gradually reducing their food supply until they reach a solution. In light of the current impasse regarding a border...

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Is There a Catholic View on the Border Wall?

What’s in a wall? A lot of meaning to be sure, as the raging debate in the U.S. shows. I’ve been asked if there is a Catholic position on the building of a wall along our southern border. There is no Church teaching on such a matter, and I don’t...

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In Our Day as in Herod’s, Holy Innocents are in Grave Danger

On Friday Dec. 28, we observed the Feast of the Holy Innocents, which commemorates the young children murdered by the ruthless Herod “the Great.” In addition to ordering the slaying of all boys aged two and under after the birth of Jesus, Herod...

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The Pope’s Warning About Homosexuals in the Clergy

The recently published book The Strength of Vocation: The Consecrated Life Today is the result of a multi-hour interview of Pope Francis by Fr. Fernando Prado. The interview covered a wide variety of topics, one of which was the challenge of...

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Fortitude! A Call to Stay Engaged in Resolving the Abuse Scandal

Many today rightly speak of the need for courage in the midst of the current sexual abuse scandal and its coverup. It does indeed take courage to speak out and engage in the awkward task of insisting on accountability and reform from our bishops...

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The Pope Owns This

The annual Fall Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which took place in Baltimore earlier this week, was a disappointment on many levels. Yet there were also moments of light and strength coming from a good number...

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A Cry of the Heart to Our Bishops: Please Restore Order to the Church!

As the annual Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approaches (Nov. 12-14 in Baltimore), we do well to ponder a critical work of bishops (along with priests and deacons) — that of governance. Governance is...

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Reflections on Archbishop Viganò’s Courageous Third Letter

As I finished reading Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s third letter, I had an immediate sense that I had just read something that is destined to be one of the great pastoral and literary moments of the Church’s history. There was an air of...