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AT LAST: A Bishop Shows the Courage to Denounces His Predecessor’s Behavior

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One more reason to give thanks… Please understand the significance of this this news story. For the first time, an American bishop has denounced his predecessor for gross misconduct, demanded an apology, and sought restitution for victims from the offending prelate. Bishop Mark Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, wants the previous leader of that diocese, […]

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WATCH: Has Pope Francis Been Harboring a Sexual Predator?

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Did you think the McCarrick case hurt Pope Francis’ reputation as a reformer? The Zanchetta case is far more damaging. In January I wrote that the prosecution of Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta was potentially “a fatal blow to the Pope’s reputation as a reformer,” since it was Pope Francis—clearly, unequivocally, personally—who promoted and protected the […]

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On the Eve of the Amazon Synod

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As leaders of the Catholic Church prepare to open the Amazon Synod on Sunday, the fundamental question to ask is whether the focus will be on the Amazon basin or on its inhabitants—on the ecological health of Amazonia or on the spiritual welfare of the people who live there. The official topic of the event—“Amazonia: […]

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A Pope Who Doesn’t Fear Schism May Cause One

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“I am not afraid of schisms,” Pope Francis told reporters during his latest airplane press conference. Well, I am. And I’m afraid of any Roman Pontiff who isn’t afraid of splitting the universal Church. Which means that, yes, I’m afraid of Pope Francis. As we head into the Amazon Synod, there are numerous indications that the Pope and […]

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A Whole New Scandal – Financial This Time – Looms for the Catholic Hierarchy

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Another week, another story about massive corruption in the Catholic hierarchy. But there is some relief as well. First, this week’s scandal is not about sexual misconduct. Well, not primarily about sexual misconduct. In his report to the faithful of Charleston/Wheeling, West Virginia, Archbishop William Lori said that there was no conclusive evidence that the former shepherd of […]

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Calling the Pope a Liar

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It is no small thing to call the pope a liar. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has done just that, in straightforward language. “What the Pope said about not knowing anything [about Theodore McCarrick’s misconduct] is a lie,” he told LifeSite News. On the other hand, it is no small thing to claim that an archbishop, […]

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New Interview, New Revelations Damage Pope’s Credibility

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In his latest interview Pope Francis says that he does not remember whether or not Archbishop Vigano told him about Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct. He also insists that he knew “nothing, obviously, nothing, nothing” about McCarrick’s misconduct. Those two claims do not sit comfortably side by side. If you told me that you studied French in high […]

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The Crisis Continues

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Vos Estis Lux Mundi, the new papal directive for handling sex abuse charges, takes a few steps toward reform within the Catholic Church. But the papal document—a motu proprio, carrying the force of canon law—falls well short of an adequate response to a burgeoning scandal. Pope Francis’s directive requires that every Catholic diocese and eparchy provide a […]

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Archbishop Gregory’s Appointment: ‘Safe’ In The Hands Of The Mainstream Media

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Reacting to the appointment of Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the Washington archdiocese, Michelle Boorstein, the religion writer for the Washington Post, commented on her Twitter account: “Largely a very safe choice. It will primarily piss off only the far-right.” That’s true enough (although not very elegantly expressed) if you define as “far right” those Catholics who unapologetically […]