Msgr. Lynn is Sentenced, But Was Justice Satisfied? UPDATED

The first official of the Church to be found guilty of failing to protect children from sexual abuse has been sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison. Monsignor William Lynn of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia oversaw the assignment of priests and addressed (or, more accurately, failed to address) accusations of abuse from from 1992 to [Read More...]

More on the Girl Scouts

Part 2 of my story on the Girl Scouts of America is up at the National Catholic Register. It goes through some of their problematic learning materials, leadership connections to gay rights groups, and the responses of both the GSUSA and the USCCB. GSUSA has, in fact, been responsive to complaints in the past, removing [Read More...]

Catholics and the Girl Scouts

The first part of my article about the Girl Scouts for the National Catholic Register has just gone up. The second should be up tomorrow. This one took a long time, partly because I was interrupted by several health and family problems, but also because there was just a mountain of data, and much of it [Read More...]

Send eBooks to African Seminarians

And as long as we’re talking about Brandon Vogt, you can still contribute to his Africa eBook project, which is the kind of merger of faith and tech that we need. Brandon wants to send CD-ROMs full of classic and contemporary Catholic eBooks to seminarians in Africa. At first, being the privileged first world technut that I am, I thought, [Read More...]

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Host the 2015 World Meeting of Families

The World Meeting of Families, which ended today in Milan, is going to be in my neck o’ the woods in three years. Here’s the press release from the Diocese of Philadelphia: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. is in Milan today where Pope Benedict XVI announced during the World Meeting of Families that Philadelphia [Read More...]

LCWR Responds

Predictable. Here’s the text of a statement that was posted this morning: [Washington, DC] The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held a special meeting in Washington, DC from May 29-31 to review, and plan a response to, the report issued to LCWR by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the [Read More...]

Barcode Everyone at Birth!

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… says writer Elizabeth Moon. If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached – a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast, inexpensive way to identify individuals. It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at [Read More...]

The Deacon Turns Five

Five years ordained, and now five years blogging. With the exception of his homilies, he usually stands aside and let’s his stories and his readers do the talking, but today he reflects on his time as a blogger and deacon, and posts a must-read homily from the early days. Drop by and give him your [Read More...]


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