September 3, 2018

She writes from Canada: Attached are three stories from the CBC that you will probably find interesting. My question is: I don’t know anything about kid’s psychology, but I wonder if there is a serious risk that some, or even many, of the kids traumatized by their separation from their parents in such a way, could later develop, in addition to some mental health problems, some behavioural issues, and show some tendencies to become delinquents, that in turn could bring… Read more

September 1, 2018

He writes: There must be a reformation in the Church. Not in the Catholic FAITH, but in the administrative hierarchy. Business as usual needs to be “violently” shaken to the core. Pope Francis, a pope I’ve loved, must resign and clearly state the reasons why. The clergy needs to be purged of abuse offenders and global Catholicism urgently needs to aggressively clean house and publically repent with radical, public penance in epic and visible proportions. It needs to be an… Read more

August 31, 2018

I love Dawn.  She was out her in Seattle last week and we had lunch and she was her sensible, sweet self.  She’s a fascinating character.  Raised in a Reformed Jewish household, became a rock and roll journalist, as well as somebody who did an interview with one of my heroes, Stan Freberg, she went on to work in the New York press, cooking up brilliant headlines like for stories like the one about the cop injured by an exploding… Read more

August 30, 2018

I did this with my Facebook readers a couple of weeks ago and it was fruitful for them so I wanted to try it here. I feel moved by the Spirit to ask readers, “What can I do for you that would help in your healing?” I’ve spent a couple of years banging away at the distinction between the diabolical cult of Christianism vs. the gospel. It’s not a secret that I’m angry about it. And part of the reason… Read more

August 29, 2018

So I’m, like, blissfully unaware of how the complexities of the Vatican work as it maintain relationships with the various countries in which the Church exists.  For example, I just learned this yesterday when a reader wrote: OK. This is weird. I did not know that local ordinaries have no authority over a Cardinal. This article quotes a canon lawyer saying that Cardinals answer only to the Pope or his representative, the Nuncio. Apparently, local bishops have no control over… Read more

August 28, 2018

Here is all we actually, documentably know. A man with a huge grudge against Francis and various others in the heirarchy accuses the one guy who actually got rid of McCarrick of being The Villain and the Usual Suspects instantly start screaming “RESIGN!” Me: I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around the concept that the guy who, by his own confession, knew McCarrick was an abuser and did not call the cops, but did celebrate a dinner honoring him as a… Read more

August 27, 2018

John Allen is usually a pretty good guy to turn to for sorting wheat from chaff.  Here’s his take on The Story So Far: Here’s my bottom line response: Take it seriously, but with a large grain of salt. One certainly can’t dismiss the charge out of hand, if for no other reason than never before has a former papal ambassador accused a sitting pope of complicity in what would amount, if true, to a criminal cover-up. To be clear,… Read more

August 27, 2018

…is up over at The Catholic Weekly: Last time, in this space we talked about the simplicity of the First Cause Argument for the existence of God. This very simple insight is so simple that a lot of people who dislike it have spent a lot of time trying to come up with ways to avoid it.  Some people think they can escape the logic of it by supposing that our universe is just one bubble in an infinite foam of… Read more

August 25, 2018

So the other day I posted this on the Book of Face: “I didn’t come to the church for the bishops, so I won’t leave because of them. Much of this is very understandable lashing out in rage, but there are a lot of people who really have lost faith because of it. I wish I knew what to say to them. My faith was never in men, so men can disgust me and let me down, but they can’t… Read more

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