Abuse cover-ups about more than a “clergy culture” – UPDATED AGAIN!

(Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com)Over on Facebook, our friend James Martin, SJ noted that the National Catholic Reporter, in a long editorial, applauds Archbishop Jose Gomez for his public disciplining of Cardinal Roger Mahony:Gomez's words are a direct contradiction of the weak defense that Mahony has advanced for years . . "Nothing in my own background or education equipped me to deal with this grave problem," Mahony wrote. In studying for his master's degree in social work, he … [Read more...]

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As Predicted: the Normalizing of Incest and Pedophilia

Although I hadn't as yet read any headlines about it, I understood Father Dwight Longenecker to be pulling a taut string of satire on this "Hollywood director coming out for man/goat love.And then I saw the actual article and realized that Longenecker hadn't, perhaps, stepped far enough away from reality to make it truly satirical!So, in the course of a week, we see advocacy for incest and as well as a sort of apologia for pedophilia suggesting that some people are "born with" the urge … [Read more...]

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Good Reads and Dawn Eden’s Latest! – UPDATED

Over at Aquinas and More they're sponsoring the Catholic Summer Reading discussion, and I am really pleased to see several books I have liked and recommended up on the list of recommended adult reading. You can vote for adult and teen titles you recommend. Happily, the list includes Sigrid Undset's Stages on the Road, about which I cannot say enough good things, and also Amy Welborn's Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope and Hallie Lord's Style, Sex and Substance.One book that … [Read more...]

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Penn State, Paradigms and Poor Me

With all there is to read on the Penn State/Sandusky story, here are two excellent pieces that should rise to the top of the pile:Read Mark Shea on Betrayal and the Power of a Relationship:But though lots of combox warriors are quite adept at fantasizing about how bravely they would have behaved and how vile Mike McQueary is in comparison to their brave selves, how they would have taken a baseball bat to Sandusky had they caught him in flagrante, the reality is that, if the Milgram … [Read more...]

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Bishop Finn Indicted, “Significant Charge”

The breaking news out of Kansas City:A Jackson County grand jury has indicted Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse.The charges, announced at a news conference today, make Finn — leader of the 134,000-member diocese — the highest-ranking Catholic official in the nation to face criminal prosecution in a child sexual abuse case.The charges stemmed from the long-simmering controversy surrounding Fat … [Read more...]

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