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...]

Musing on Masturbation

Every once in a while, I'll get a sneering or giggling, always condescending email from someone who has stumbled upon this old piece about artificial birth control, oral sex, and other things and feels the need to sound off on the unreasonable stupidity of Catholicism.Well, I can certainly be stupid and unreasonable -- I often am, about many things -- and I am the first one to admit that others know a great deal more than I do. But Catholicism is the farthest thing from stupid or … [Read more...]

No, Virtue is not impossible

Call it Virtue. Call it Chastity. Call it Continence.Whatever you want to call it, our society loves to tell us that it can't be lived, is weird to try, and an attraction to it probably means that you're all neurotic and hung-up, provincial and you know, like, so lame.In an era where city governments are celebrating the creation of iphone apps that can take you to your leader nearest free condom (because when sex is just a bodily function, free condoms are the answer to many questions) … [Read more...]

iPhone Confession; Verdicts Via NPR, Protestants

A few days ago I wrote about the new confession prep app developed by two priest and approved by the Bishop of Fort Wayne.While I thought the tool could be a terrific aid in the examination of conscience, I also worried that -- despite repeated declarations that the app did not constitute a confession, or dispense absolution, that it did not preclude the need to go to confession -- some would go through the app process and decide that, click, click, click, they had pretty much taken care of … [Read more...]

Gosnell; Baby Feet Kick the Nation – UPDATES

If your stomach and your psyche can stand it, read the grand jury report on this fiendish abortionist, Kermit Gosnell.I have been afraid to write about this woman-killing, baby-slaughtering, fertility-stealing, heartless and exploitative freak since the story broke. It's been that horrifying.But I agree with the assertion of the district attorney that Gosnell was able to get along with for so long by design.The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with … [Read more...]


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