Looks like bishops won’t address the heart of the problem A reader writes: They just voted “no” on Bruskewitz’s amendment to make sure that the committee set up to study why abuse happens takes into account dissent and homosexuality. They won’t even study the issue!!! As I feared. They prefer a bandaid. My suspicion is [Read More...]


The Vatican’s Secret Plan Revealed A reader sez: I’ve just been to the grocery and the latest WEEKLY WORLD NEWS blares: ROBOT PRIESTS! Pope’s Plan to End Sex Scandal: Mechanical Holy Men. with sketch of non-humanoid robot marked with crosses. (I don’t guarantee I’ve given the exact wording) As far as I know, this is [Read More...]


Eupocrisy It’s not often one gets to coin a word. But I got to a few years ago when trying to describe the behavior of people who are better than their rhetoric (such as, f’rinstance, atheists who loudly proclaim that there is no God and the universe is just an idiot machine without meaning, but [Read More...]


Minute Particulars directs our attention past the stream of media chatter to Basic Questions …and, in the process, reveal the tragic contradictions at the heart of atheism, particularly as it grapples, as USS Clueless does, with finding some way of extracting meaning out of existence if there is no God. Suggested reading for atheists suffering [Read More...]


Dreher nails it again [Read more...]


John Schultz want to know… “Can someone tell me where in the Vatican II docs it says there should be lay involvement in the minute details of Church governance?” Actually, there is room in the Tradition for lay involvement in governance, and the bishops are, by this Scandal, making clear why that might be good. [Read More...]


But still, that’s just the “presenting symptom” The root of this cancer is a) a culture of contempt for orthodoxy and chastity in a significant subculture in the priesthood and b) the bishops who permit and even participate in that. Who guards the guardians? If you expect us to trust you, gentlemen, while you leave [Read More...]


On the bright side They’ve at least shown the bare minimum of common sense to adopt a One Strike Policy. Now I hope they will show the bare minimum of common sense in clearly defining what “abuse” means so that 18 year old Anakin Skywalkers in formation in 1970 will not be crucified 30 years [Read More...]


More on Sins against the truth in Broad Daylight A reader writes: This has already been covered in some of the newspaper articles, but an article in today’s Washington Post reminded me and I thought you might be interested in seeing the link. It’s about a report (thorough and knowledgeable) that was sent to the [Read More...]


Deed, not Words, Gentlemen As Fr. Rob Johansen points out, Bp. Wilton Gregory is appearing to have trouble walking the talk. Nothing will be more tragic than a good beginning followed by the normal recourse to Business as Usual. George Neumayr is waaaaaay more critical of Bp. Gregory than I would be. He seems to [Read More...]


On the down side The bishops are trotting out the Usual Suspects to give the blah blah on psychology, etc, just as if they weren’t the deeply discredited people whose advice the bishops foolishly followed to set Geoghan loose to prey on more kids. Philip Lawler also notes, presciently: Omigosh! Scott Appleby has just gone [Read More...]


If only women could be teachers. If only teachers could marry. None of this would happen. [Read more...]