Francis’ Baffling Chilean Appointment

Bill Doino, Jr. writes: Pope Francis has done many admirable things during his pontificate, not least taking numerous initiatives against the evil of sexual abuse in the Church. He has spoken about the victims’ pain, promised zero tolerance for such crimes, and supported transparency and full accountability for anyone involved. He has followed those strong [Read More...]

Pope’s Sex Abuse Commission Alarmed by Chilean Bishop Appt.

I’ve defended Francis from a lot of guff from Chicken Littles in St. Blog’s (and will continue to). On this, however, I think he’s made a bad call. When your flock is staging mass protests to stop an episcopal appointment and there is, at the very least, good reason to think that his history is [Read More...]

Some Bishops are Attempting to Claim Religious Liberty as an Excuse for Screwing Abuse Victims

I’m not making that up: The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee sought to insulate $55 million of its funds from lawsuits brought by victims of priestly sex abuse, according to a letter penned by then-Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, so it transferred those funds into a separate trust set up to care for the archdiocese’s cemeteries and [Read More...]

One of the Poisonous Fruits of the Priest Abuse Scandal…

…is that, like the immune system of an AIDS victim, the Church is now vulnerable to parasitic infections.  It’s hard to make the case that the Church should be allowed to hire and fire according to adherence to Catholic moral teaching when the bishops have done such a bangup job of showing that they don’t [Read More...]

Cdl. O’Malley Observes that Many Cardinals are Complete Moral Imbeciles

Sure, he doesn’t put it in so many words. But when we read: O’Malley says cardinals’ denial of the seriousness of sexual abuse is fading Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said Monday that denial among some of his fellow cardinals from around the world about the seriousness of the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals, if [Read More...]

LA Schools Blame Girl for Sex with Teacher

What is remarkable to me is how all institutions, regardless of whether they are secular or Church, seem to manifest the same kinds of butt-covering responses which aim to deny, deflect, and detract the victim instead of forthrightly deal with the issue. Defenders of the Church love to point to stories like this and say, [Read More...]


Francis tightens the screws on abusers and the bishops who assist them. [Read more...]

I love this guy so much!

Francis meets with abuse victims at Vatican. [Read more...]

Phil Lawler has Done All the Heavy Lifting

…on the rubbish coming from Abp Carlson and his chancery so that I don’t have to. This will all be a matter for the courts of course. But as for me and my house, I wish bishops who do this stuff would just have the grace to resign. “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles [Read More...]

Hopefully, the law is finally catching up…

…with this vile priest. In March, the nonprofit group, which specializes in tracking problem priests, announced on its website that not only was Urrutigoity active in the Catholic church in Paraguay, but he had been promoted to the position of vicar general, essentially the second most powerful post in the diocese of Ciudad del Este. [Read More...]