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‘Hear the cry of the little ones’ — Pope Francis opens summit on sex abuse


The Flying Fathers were like the Harlem Globetrotters on skates. Now a group of priests is trying to bring them back...


A brave priest’s blunt response to gay clergy complaints: “Nobody forced you to become a priest”...


Illinois doctor, lead medical expert in cause of Cardinal Newman, says study of miracle brought him to tears...


“Synodality” and the Rome abuse summit...
George Weigel
Despite Pope Francis’s lecture on the subject at Synod-2015, and notwithstanding the passages on it in Synod-2018’s final report, there is little agreement in 21st-century Catholicism on what “synodality” means. The theology of synodality can be left for another day. In practical terms, however, perhaps synodality ought to mean something roughly analogous to what our British cousins mean by “horses for courses...


The deeper malice of sexual misconduct by clergy and religious...
Edward Peters
Recent remarks by Pope Francis regarding the ‘lightness’ of “sins below the belt” are receiving various responses, but his comments, not wrong as far as they went, nevertheless prompt, I think, especially against the background of the clergy and religious sexual misconduct crisis, some observations as to how sins ‘below the belt’...


“Wrongfully targeted and bullied”: Covington teen sues Washington Post for $250 million...


Dying is difficult. Offering a noble death in faith requires the support of the whole Church...
Anthony Lilles
When friends draw close to death, a certain intensity of life presents itself. This is true in Christian death. It is meant to be a sacrificial offering of oneself to God if we give it to Jesus with the help of his mystical Body, the Church. Faith in Christ Jesus opens up this possibility. A recent visit to see a friend helped me remember that Christ's sacrifice on the Cross allows dying Christians to share in his work of redemption even to the point that their very death releases anew the power of God's love in the world...


How making mistakes is actually the key to success...
Rick Becker
How well do you handle failure — at work, in school, in relationships? Not so well? You’re in good company. The problem is bad enough that some colleges have introduced programs to teach students that imperfection is, well, perfectly alright. “Young adults face an onslaught of curated social-media feeds that show peers’ seemingly perfect lives...


The more closely the Church identifies with any culture, the more its problems penetrate her work...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
In terms of a root cause: The sexual revolution of the 1960s reshaped our culture and impacted everyone, including clergy. It’s right for people to demand a higher standard of behavior from bishops and priests. The Church, especially her leaders and ministers, must live a holy witness in order to be credible. But it’s unwise to think that the Church is somehow immune to the dysfunctions of the society where she pursues her mission...


The Jussie Smollett case is only the latest in a long line of hate crime hoaxes...


Xavier Rynne II’s Letters from the Vatican (No. 1)...


Why is original sin called the “sin of Adam,” not the “sin of Adam and Eve?”...


A priest who offered his life in reparation for the sins of priests...


This is one of the most biased NYTimes Catholic stories ever — and that’s saying something...
Terry Mattingly
At this point, there is no reason to expect a New York Times story about sexuality and the Catholic Church to be anything other than a set of talking points released by the press office at Fordham University or some other official camp of experts on the Catholic doctrinal left. This is, of course, especially true when the topic is linked to LGBTQ issues...


An Italian town fell silent so the sounds of a Stradivarius could be preserved...


Group calls for 5 “more McCarricks” to be defrocked, including Nienstedt and Hart...


Maybe the summit can’t do everything, but it had better deliver something...

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Open letter to priests and bishops: Resign if you need to...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Dear fellow clerics and religious in Christ, I know that most of you are hard-working and striving for holiness like I am. Most of us have our little sins we strive to conquer but sometimes fail. Maybe even a few among us are saints, although I doubt I am. Every day, we pray and we strive to help the people of God in our assigned ministry...


How I started making snow and turned my backyard into a ski resort...


Xavier Rynne II’s Letters from the Vatican (No. 2)...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: “You are a beloved child of God”...


Sights and sounds from ‘Super Bowl week’ in Rome...
John Allen
Yesterday I described this as “Super Bowl week” in the Vatican, in the sense that the pope’s keenly-anticipated summit on the clerical sexual abuse scandals opening Thursday has drawn media, activists and onlookers from all over the world to the Eternal City, creating energy and anticipation leading up to the big event. Here’s a rundown of some of the sights and sounds of this week in Rome on Tuesday...


The mystery of iniquity — a meditation on the mystery of rebelliousness...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the “mystery of iniquity.” St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious “man of iniquity” who will appear before Jesus’ second coming. The Latin root of the English word “iniquity” is iniquitas (in (not) aequus (equal))...


Transatlantic flight reaches 801 mph as a furious jet stream packs record-breaking speeds...


Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller: “End the conspiracy of silence”...
Edward Pentin
Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Walter Brandmueller have written an open letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences attending this week’s Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse, calling on them to end their silence and return to upholding the divine and natural law. In the letter released Feb. 19, they argue that the abuse crisis is only part of a wider and much deeper problem that owes itself to a society that openly calls into question an absolute moral law...


11 noteworthy points to consider about Theodore McCarrick’s punishment...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
It seems incredible that McCarrick is now forbidden to celebrate Holy Mass. The one who presided over grand and humble celebrations of the Eucharist for more than 60 years is no longer permitted to do so. I had only a few encounters with McCarrick over the years, but I did witness his habit of getting up before dawn to celebrate Mass in the private chapel at the North American College in Rome...


Time to rethink the abortion question...
Fr. James Schall
We are by now used to the statistics in given countries and in the world of the millions of babies aborted in recent decades: 61 million in the United States since 1973; 1.5 billion in the world since 1980. Many are appalled; others claim this procedure as a “right.” In addition, we now see in many states, like Virginia and New York...


An astonishing miracle, and 10 ways to fall deeper in love with Jesus...
Patti Armstrong
An incurable eye disease intruded on 16-year-old Johnny Atwell’s life almost overnight. In October 1974, the Glendive, Montana, teen faced inevitable blindness. Every night as he went to bed he prayed—or rather, demanded: “Father, take it away, I cannot do this! Father, take it away!” After three months of this, one night...


“It’s the next scandal” — Vatican confirms existence of rules for priests who father children...


What I’ve learned from soon-to-be-Saint John Henry Newman...


The professional dance teacher with Down syndrome...


Sacred Scripture is a pool in which a small toddler may safely play and a great whale may deeply swim...


Pope Francis asks Catholics worldwide to pray for Vatican abuse summit...


Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Church’s leading reformer on sex abuse, warns of more McCarricks...


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