Carl Olson: The Synodal Sludge

Earlier this week, the Vatican issued the Instrumentum Laboris—the working document—for the October 2023 Synod. The 27,000 word document, which is divided in two basic parts: a section of dense descriptions and often repetitive directives, and a section of leading and sometimes skewed questions. First, the good news: if you enjoy the adjective “synodal,” you’ll … Read more

“We Have Nothing to Fear from the Truth”: 25 Years of Covering Clergy Sex Abuse

CWR: Based on your experience and reporting, what were the key factors in the clergy abuse scandals? In what way is the current situation different from the early 2000s? Lawler: There were several important factors, coming together at the same time to create a sort of “perfect storm.” The clear teachings of the Church regarding sexuality were … Read more

Without Truth There Is No Trust

My wife and I entered the Catholic Church in 1997, not long before the news about clergy sexual abuse started coming out of Dallas. I recall having a conversation with a life-long Catholic who expressed some amazement that my wife and I—both former Evangelical Protestants—had made the journey into the Church. “Things are really a … Read more