• Abolishing the priesthood would tear the heart out of the Church

    A year ago, there appeared in the National Catholic Reporter an account of a Catholic men’s gathering at Cape Cod, which the periodical said offered “glimpses of a future church”. Blazing the path to this church of the future were the author, Bill Mitchell, and his buddies – “nine guys... Read more
  • Archbishop Gregory pledges openness at ‘defining moment’ in Washington archdiocese

    Archbishop Wilton Gregory expressed “deep gratitude and immeasurable joy” as he took charge of the nation’s capital see Tuesday. “I want to be a welcoming shepherd who laughs with you whenever we can, who cries with you whenever we must, and who honestly confesses his faults and... Read more
  • The Crisis Continues

    Vos Estis Lux Mundi, the new papal directive for handling sex abuse charges, takes a few steps toward reform within the Catholic Church. But the papal document—a motu proprio, carrying the force of canon law—falls well short of an adequate response to a burgeoning scandal. Pope... Read more
  • Former CDF Official Will Not Be Tried For Sexual Misconduct Charges

    A Vatican court has decided not to initiate canonical charges against a former Vatican official, after an investigation into allegations he made sexual advances toward a woman in the confessional several years ago. Father Hermann Geissler, 53, is a member of Familia spiritualis Opus (FSO),... Read more
  • It’s time for Catholics (and all religious people) to wake up: The real danger posed by the California Confession Bill

    SB 360 [link], a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts of any religion. In California, as in almost every other state, clergy members (along with a variety of other... Read more
  • “The Numbers” Don’t Look Good—What Should the Church Do?

    What are we to make of “the numbers”? As the Church it is hard to ignore the large decline in attendance at Mass and reception of the sacraments, yet the Lord never seemed overly concerned with numbers; He even distrusted them. The information can help us to gauge the effectiveness of our... Read more
  • Police search Dallas diocesan chancery

    Police are conducting a search of Church premises in the Diocese of Dallas. Officers executed a warrant on the chancery offices at 7:30 am local time. Investigators from the Dallas child exploitation unit arrived at the chancery Wednesday morning to search for information and evidence in... Read more
  • Fatima, ideology, and the Vatican’s homosexual crisis

    In 1917, during one of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, the three shepherd children were given a vision of Hell. Our Lady warned that if people didn’t stop offending God then another war would come. In reparation, Our Lady asked “for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and... Read more
  • Unfinished Business

    Next month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in general assembly in Baltimore. The bishops left their November meeting without any decisive action towards ensuring accountability for bishops. Since then, the American bishops have gone on retreat together – at Pope Francis’... Read more
  • Progress Made in Priestly Formation

    In this series, I have been addressing certain aspects of the scandals that the Church has suffered over the past 70 years. Having addressed some of the causes of the scandals and certain questions about the priesthood, I would like now to look at the renewal that we are seeing in priestly... Read more