Catholic Officials on Edge After Reports of Priests Using Grindr

The reports hit the Roman Catholic Church in rapid succession: Analyses of cellphone data obtained by a conservative Catholic blog seemed to show priests at multiple levels of the Catholic hierarchy in both the United States and the Vatican using the gay hookup app Grindr. The first report, published late last month, led to the … Read more

Pope Francis Is Tearing the Catholic Church Apart

In the summer of 2001, I drove up to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to find what we called “the traditional Latin Mass,” the form of Roman Catholic worship that stretched back centuries and was last authorized in 1962, before the Second Vatican Council changed everything. Back then, conservative Catholics called people who sought it out “schismatics” and … Read more

Rockville Centre Becomes 25th U.S. Diocese to Declare Bankruptcy

Facing more than 200 lawsuits over sexual abuse allegations, the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island said on Thursday that it filed for bankruptcy, the largest Roman Catholic diocese in the United States to do so. The diocese, which serves about 1.5 million Catholics, said it was seeking financial protection in part because of … Read more

Theodore McCarrick and the Church’s Abuse Problem

Rain fell in New York City four days before Christmas of 2018. Francis M. had planned to be in the city that day for business, but he had dutifully put aside time when asked to answer questions at the Archdiocese of New York offices about his experiences with “Uncle Ted” — former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. … Read more

Former French Priest Convicted of Abusing Dozens of Boy Scouts

Bernard Preynat, 75, received a five-year sentence after admitting to assaulting boys over a 20-year period, a scandal that embroiled a top cardinal. A former Roman Catholic priest in France was convicted and sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for sexually assaulting dozens of Boy Scouts several decades ago, in a case that … Read more

Pope Compares Anti-LGBT Politicians to Hitler

He said Friday that politicians who are enraged against homosexuals, gypsies and Jews remind Hitler. It is no accident that sometimes there is a resurgence of typical Nazi symbols, Francis said in a speech to the participants of an international conference on criminal law. And I must confess that when I hear a speech (from) … Read more

The Slow Road to Catholic Schism

Some years ago, when I was younger and somewhat more excitable, I wrote a series of essays about Pope Francis’s liberalizing efforts, arguing that the supreme pontiff’s choices risked a schism in the Catholic Church. At the time my argument was criticized by Catholics on both sides of the church’s theological-political divides. Liberal Catholics accused me of hysteria, disloyalty … Read more

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