Article

Even Saints Can Get Canceled

Posted on

The vandals in St. Louis have a new target: St. Louis. The American city began as a French settlement in Spanish Louisiana. The French fur traders who set up shop there named it for Louis IX, the sainted French king whose Christian zeal and personal integrity caused him to be regarded by his contemporaries and […]

Article

LISTEN: Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd

Posted on

In the first year or two of Pope Francis’s pontificate, conservative-minded Catholics made heroic efforts to place the perplexing ways of the new pope in continuity with the thought and deeds of his immediate predecessors. It was said that he had been a forceful critic of liberation theology, at least in its Marxist expressions, that […]

Article

Victims of Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Sue Pope Francis

Posted on

Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy are suing Pope Francis, claiming he and senior Vatican officials knew that a number of priests molested children but kept the revelation a secret, the New York Post reported on Tuesday. The class-action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, brought by seven victims […]

Article

A Depressing Synod

Posted on

Michael’s analysis of the Amazon synod is trenchant and refreshing, as usual. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that the synod has tested the faith of a good many Catholics who have watched as the princes of the Church, the prelates entrusted with the deposit of faith and the souls of the faithful, […]

Article

The Crisis of Catholic Leadership

Posted on

The Church continues to hit new, dysfunctional lows — and the faithful are noticing. In the last 48 hours there have been two big Vatican stories. First, revelations about the Holy See’s financial crisis; second, and more bizarrely, a furious dispute over statues being thrown into the Tiber. But really it’s all one story, the big story […]

Article

The Worst Crime in American History?

Posted on

It is highly unlikely that the abuses within the Catholic Church and conspiracies of silence about them are confined to Pennsylvania. “Horseplay,” a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the Church’s “pattern […]