Church is Holy; Scandals are of Man – UPDATED

Pat McNamara, whose column "In Ages Past" runs every Tuesday here at Patheos, has an interesting piece up today on Scandals and the Church; a question and answer from 1929:"Will you not admit that many of the leaders of your Church— her Popes, Bishops and priests— have been wicked men? How can you call such a Church holy?"The Church remains holy, no matter how many of her leaders prove faithless to the Gospel they preach, for these men are cut off from the Church’s life by their sins, which … [Read more...]

EWTN Explains about Corapi Programming UPDATED

Although EWTN had already made a statement announcing that it was pulling its Father Corapi programing until the matters concerning him are settled, the network must have gotten a lot of negative feedback from people who are hurting about the controversy and also -- I am sadly sure -- from people telling them what shameful, disloyal Catholics they are, and threatening to never contribute another dime to their operation, and so they've released a fuller statement:We are aware that many of our … [Read more...]

Reverence, Relevance, Reaching out and More

I'll be out most of Wednesday, and wanted to direct you toward three pieces by our columnists, today -"Amazing Catechist:" Lisa Mladinich has advice on how to teach reverence to your kids and students"All things New:" Deacon Greg Kandra learns that the Corapi story is relevant to some in some ways, and to all in other ways"A Book of Sparks:" Heather King is confronted with the reality that there is hostility to faith, and a Divine answerFinally, I thought I'd leave you with this - a good … [Read more...]

36 Hours after Corapi-Stormfall – UPDATES!

"God knows full well all that is happening and if Father Corapi is innocent as he claims, then perhaps the priest is being used as a poster child to fix a broken process. " -- Diane Korzeniewski, TeDeum Laudamus BlogThose are the sanest words yet written about this story, which is producing a lot of sound and fury in some quarters, signifying not-much, and producing little-to no light.I can't remember if it was a comment or an email but someone actually wrote these words:This man is … [Read more...]

Archbishop Dolan on CBS

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who shared with moving honesty the story of his encounter with an angry Catholic here will be featured tomorrow night on 60 minutes.Even though 60 minutes starts the same time as In the Arena (the real one, not Spitzer's) that's one episode I will be sure to watch.Asked if he feared the impact of the scandal would go on forever, Dolan replies, "In some ways, I don't want it to be over, because...this was such a crisis in the Catholic Church that in a way, we don't … [Read more...]

Fr. John Corapi Accused UPDATED

As near as I can tell, Deacon Greg Kandra has been the first to pick up this news off of Fr. John Corapi's site:On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent y … [Read more...]

The Burdened Do Not Shrug

A little fun. Because I am missing Rome desperately, particularly as I look out my window and gaze upon the silvery sky that promises more snow tonight, I reposted my lovesong to Rome's Eternal Shrug:Amid the mod socialists, less politically-minded Romans observe the gathering from the shady comfort of a cafe awning; they drink frothy coffee and when asked what the Communists are demanding, they smile and shrug. "What does every crowd demand? Attention; a little money so they can do better … [Read more...]

Un-baptizing; can that be done?

The Christmas season is over; today we read about the Baptism of Christ, and recall our own baptisms. some of us today renewed our baptismal promises.But not everyone. Deacon Greg Kandra notes that some are trying to "unbaptize" themselves.Some wish to "de-baptize" because they are responding to the sexual abuse scandals within the church; they are so sincerely disgusted that they cannot reconcile the message of Christianity, as voiced by the church, with the deceit and harm that has … [Read more...]