“A Palpable Hopefulness”: A Book Response and a Wish

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The Lady of the Angels and Her City: A Marian Pilgrimage by Wendy M. Wright Liturgical Press, 2013I can't think of a better day than May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, to bring to your attention Wendy Wright's new book---and to make a wish for Wendy herself. The publisher's description sums up well the author's intent, and why this lavishly illustrated volume is of interest far beyond the widespread boundaries of the largest Catholic diocese in the United States: The Lady of the … [Read more...]

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...]

Between Two Shores—But Not Lost

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As Church and as individuals, we are always neither here nor there.Up early on the West Coast, getting ready to fly back to Dayton, my heart (as always) in ribbons at leaving family for "family," home of record for the place to which God inexplicably called me. I'm hearing Neil Diamond's "I Am, I Said" in my head:Nowadays I'm lost between two shores: LA's fine, but it ain't home, New York's home, but it ain't mine no more.Switch those around and replace New York with Dayton, and … [Read more...]


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