Dear Cardinal Mahony, Please Stop

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As events in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles continue to unfold, Deacon Greg Kandra brings to our attention a post by Cardinal Roger Mahony published this morning on the cardinal's personal blog. In the immediate wake of Archbishop Jose Gomez's announcement that Cardinal Mahony had been relieved of all official archdiocesan duties as a result of his mishandling of the clergy abuse scandal in Los Angeles, Cardinal Mahony's blog post has, I am saddened to say, a particularly unpleasant note of … [Read more...]

“They Failed”: Thank You, Archbishop Gomez

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Tonight, Archbishop Jose Gomez broke his silence on the recently released documents concerning efforts by his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, to cover up instances of clergy abuse. Like me, Archbishop Gomez found the documents "brutal and painful reading." He did not stop at repugnance, however, but in a letter to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, assigned accountability: "I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. … [Read more...]

Showing the Beauty of Virtue: Don Bosco’s Legacy of Care

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In a week when the scandal of clerical abuse of young people is again in the headlines, it's particularly important to invoke the prayers of St John Bosco, patron of youth, whom the Church remembers today. And it's especially important for people like me, who raised some hackles this week by calling for more accountability on the part of bishops who enabled and perpetuated the scandal, to acknowledge the Church's much longer and larger legacy of ransoming children from abuse and caring for them … [Read more...]

Holier Than None–UPDATED

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Why are we so shocked when priests go rogue? After all, holiness isn't applied with chrism.In the same week that a good part of the Catholic blogosphere was convening in Texas for the Catholic New Media Conference, and the Republicans were convening in Tampa for whatever it is they were convening for, and Hurricane-then-Tropical-Storm Isaac was convening to make the folks of the Gulf even more miserable, my external and internal news feeds filled up with reaction to two stories of priests, … [Read more...]

Philadelphia Freedom

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Image sourceYesterday, on Day One of the USCCB's Fortnight 4 Freedom, Archbishop Charles Chaput pounded one more nail into the crucified Church in Philadelphia---which means, of course, that he pounded that nail into himself as well, and into the rest of us fingers and toes and noses and hangnails on the Body of Christ in Philadelphia and around the world.In the light of a $17 million deficit that excludes "extraordinary" legal and restitution costs incurred to deal with Philadelphia's … [Read more...]

In St Patrick’s Purgatory

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Rocco posted a moving story last night on the opening of the Dublin Eucharistic Congress, and how---at the request of the Holy Father---the papal legate Cardinal Mark Ouellet spent last night in St Patrick's Purgatory, fasting and keeping barefoot vigil in prayer for reconciliation and healing of the grievous wounds dealt by Ireland's clergy abuse scandals.The ancient pilgrimage site known as St Patrick's Purgatory is on an island in Lough Derg near Dublin. According to legend, Christ … [Read more...]


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