A friend writes to say: I don’t see any evidence of trauma. In priests who’ve been accused, whether accurately or falsely, certainly; but not on the part of the bishops. Consternation, yes. “Oh, shit!” sure. But trauma, no. Their behavior is changing, but not because of the conviction that they did something wrong, but due [Read More...]


Kevin Orlin Johnson comments below: Yes, bishops should be removed immediately–all of them. That was the verdict of Abp. Bedini, the very first papal emissary sent over here, in 1853, to sort out the miscreant American clergy. Every subsequent papal emissary has said the same thing: remove these bishops and replace them with “suitable candidates”. [Read More...]


Just to clarify… The “comment” feature refers to the blog immediately above it, not below it. [Read more...]


The Weekend Piece is up over at Catholic Exchange [Read more...]


The Mainstream Press Finally Catches up with the Blogosphere In other news, mainstream press finally acknowledges sky is blue, water is wet, and fire is hot. [Read more...]


Naughty fun over at Ad Orientem [Read more...]


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A reader writes: I think several bishops in America should be removed immediately because they have failed to shepherd their people well (a gross understatement.) I appreciate your take on the Pope’s “strategy,” and agree that it may be best for the bishops if they have to clean up the mess they’ve made. Dealing with [Read More...]


Some Things I’d Like to See in the Policy [Read more...]


Wishful and wrong headed Somebody writes: The next scandal will be unearthed when the medica can’t find any more child-molesting priests, and then discover how much homosexual activity there is in the priesthood. There is one and only one solution to the crisis: Defrock all homosexual priests and keep homosexuals out of seminaries. While I [Read More...]


Sungenis in the News New Scientist has taken note of Bob’s $1000 dollar geocentrism challenge as well as of another challenge to “prove” evolution. Happily, they refer to Bob’s Catholic Apologetics International as a “sect” and not as somehow an “official Catholic organization.” The Church has enough trouble. Meanwhile, The Onion has some handy observations [Read More...]


Much talk about JPII “gambling with our children” etc. … by leaving in place bishops like Law or Mahony. I think the whole “endangering kids” thing is not going to be much of an issue in future. I think it far more likely the bishops will put in some sort of draconian overkill policy that [Read More...]


A reader asks: The Eastern Churches have secret confession, too. Are their rights also at risk or is this just an anti-Catholic move? Episcopalians and Lutherans also have a form of confession which I’m sure they’d want to defend as private. Depends on how badly Caesar wishes us to have no other gods before him. [Read More...]


Mailbag Fr. Robert Johansen (who recently wrote a very good review of Goodbye! Good Men!) writes: In regards to your reactionary reader, the Church indeed does place mercy above the Law. That’s because God does. Canon law provides many exceptions or relaxations of the strict discipline of law under extraordinary circumstances. That’s why, for example, [Read More...]


Jeremy Lott does a piece on breaking the Seal of the Confessional and quotes yers truly About the “conspiracy” thing. I suppose it did come off that way. Partly this is due to taking revelation seriously in the matter of “powers and principalities, and spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places” that Paul speaks of [Read More...]


Disagreeing with Amy and Mike Mike disses the Latin conception of law and exalts the Anglo-Saxon conception. I think they’re both very useful. The Latin conception basically says “Make rules about everything and then list all the exceptions.” The Anglo-Saxon conception says, “Make as few rules as possible and then stick to them to the [Read More...]


A reader observes… Stephen Brady’s [of Roman Catholic Faithful] comments are of the same type as those of Andrew Sullivan. The Church will not fail because of this scandal. We will not have to start attending dissident, heretical, schismatic churches over this, be they “conservative” or “liberal.” The Church has lasted for 2000 years, people. [Read More...]


Sean Gallagher at Nota Bene sez… Roman Catholic Faithful appears to be toying with Donatism. For those that want to know, Donatism is the false idea that a priest’s or bishops sin somehow make the sacraments he celebrates invalid. (As Augustine showed long ago, this is false since the sacraments depend for their validity, not [Read More...]


A reader asks I sincerely hope that Sungenis’ attitude is not normal for converts from Protestantism to Catholicism. There are too many av1611 types floating around as it is. Rest assured, he is not typical of yer average convert. In fact, the principal people trying to bring him to his senses on Steve Ray’s board [Read More...]


Michael Kelly appears to make sense And yet, I’m not sold. It’s because of that profoundly mind-changing conversation I had with my priest friend. As I’ve already made clear, the easiest thing in the world to do is treat the Situation simply as a problem with inefficient bureaucratic machinery. Profoundly American approach. But to do [Read More...]


Second thoughts When four of the best people you know in the whole world tell you you’re getting carried away, you should listen. I had that exhilarating thing happen yesterday and today, and so have taken down my stupid and excessive comments about Islam off the site. My apologies for letting rhetoric exceed both prudence [Read More...]