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This Man Works to Save Practicing Homosexuals from Their Sin – His Worst Opposition Comes from Catholic Bishops

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When he first began to explore the homosexual life, he was encouraged by Catholic priests. Joseph Sciambra is an angry man. He has plumbed the depths of the homosexual subculture. He has suffered for his involvement in promiscuity, pornography, drug abuse and self-abuse. He is still paying the price, in physical and psychological suffering. He […]

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Here’s How to End the CCHD Scandals

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Two true stories, both dating back to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, when the US bishops took up the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD): In a parish in the south, a visiting priest was giving a strong homily about reverence for human life, explicitly condemning abortion, when a woman in the […]

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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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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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Viganò’s Testimony, One Year Later

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The first anniversary of the Testimony of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is upon us today. That document, and the events that followed this bombshell, say a great deal about the crisis now facing the Church. It’s a crisis of truth, of grave immorality and cowardice, of unaccountability by Church hierarchs, of powerful clerics resisting revelation of […]

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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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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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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 […]