Msgr. Charles Pope

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There are Hopeful Signs from Rome, But Stay Vigilant

I wrote most of this post before the open letter of Cardinal Ouellet was released. I will leave extended commentary on that letter to others for now, except to say that whatever scolding the cardinal issued to Archbishop Viganò, he does confirm a...

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4 Hopes for the USCCB Meeting in November

Like many in the Church from both the clergy and laity, I am increasingly shocked by the depths of the crisis before us. Every day seems to bring forth new allegations of sexual immorality or the cover-up of such behavior. Further, recent...

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An Ominous Warning from the Lord in the Very Liturgy We Celebrate

Recent passages in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of Hours have seemed ominously applicable to the Church in our current crisis. Although these readings are part of a repeating schedule from year to year, they speak powerfully at this...

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The 6 Habits of Highly Ineffective Church People

(Note: I wrote this before the news of Archbishop Viganò’s testimony broke last night. Thus, I do not speak directly to that issue here. See this column therefore as a kind of deeper analysis of how and why many of our bishops are so quiet in the...

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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...

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In the Midst of Clerical Misdeeds, a Crucial Moment for the Laity

The last four weeks in the Church have borne witness to a growing cauldron of sorrow and anger. God’s faithful are rightly disturbed at the latest explosion of sexual abuse allegations and the seeming lack of accountability that allowed years of...

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Supreme War: A Reflection on the Battle for the Supreme Court

We are already seeing a great battle unfold over the Supreme Court in our land. At one level the battle is “all about abortion” which the left sees as almost a “sacrament” or sacred honor, and the right sees as the most immoral and legally flawed...

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4 Errors You Should Avoid in the Proclamation of the Faith

On Trinity Sunday at my parish we recited the Athanasian Creed at the end of the Homily. (In case you are unfamiliar with it, you can read it here: Quicumque vult.) Written in the 4th century, it painstakingly sets forth the doctrine of the...

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The World is in Rebellion and the Church is at the Cross

During Eastertide we reflect on the afterglow of the resurrection and the first weeks of the Church, bathed in the joy of Pentecost and the evidence of miracles and growth. But in the liturgy, we also read from the Acts of the Apostles: of...

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Misplaced Sympathies for Judas and Pilate Distort Moral Reason

Rejoicing in the Easter glow, I hesitate to look back to two figures instrumental in the Passion and Death of the Lord, but I often get questions or comments about Judas and Pilate that demonstrate fundamental flaws in moral reasoning. Many...