Proof-Texting Jesus, Post Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal Style

Never underestimate how something so obvious can be overlooked.

Never underestimate how something so obvious can be (purposefully) overlooked.

I was saddened today to learn that a priest who had been removed from his parish duties in 2009, because of allegations that he had abused a female teen earlier in his career, now works in a teen crisis pregnancy center that he co-founded in 2015.

Did I mention that the CPC is housed in a former convent, right next door to a Catholic parish? Sigh. [Read more…]

Did Pope Francis Post A Turkey To A Bishopric In Chile? UPDATED

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It’s looking like it, if you asked me. But nobody asked me, nor would they ever. One thing is for sure, and that is that lots of local folks were unhappy with the appointment, and the installation, of Bishop Juan Barros. [Read more…]

Big News Of The Day: Cardinal O’Brien Resigns His Office

Cesare Borgia, Leaving The Vatican

Cesare Borgia leaving the Vatican (1877) by Giuseppe Lorenzo Gatteri

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday. Cardinal O’Brien joins an elite circle of folks founded when Cesare Borgia was the first person to ever resign from the cardinalate (17 August, 1498).

The Catholic Herald has the story. [Read more…]

The Most Interesting Man In The World And Phil Lawler Agree: Archbishop Carlson Is Incredible UPDATED

 

And I mean incredible in the following sense of the word.

Unbelievable, beyond belief, hard to believe, unconvincing, far-fetched, implausible, improbable, highly unlikely, dubious, doubtful, etc.

Here’s a snippet of Phil’s editorial over at Catholic Culture. [Read more…]

The Vatican To The United Nations, “Say What?”


You have probably seen that some committee at the UN has said that the Catholic Church needs to change her teachings on abortion, contraception, and that she hasn’t done anything to protect children from sexual predators, etc., etc. Here’s what happened next. [Read more…]

We Are Being “Outevangelized” Because We Have “Outscandalized” Folks

Yesterday I shared a post written by Gerard Nadal wherein he explained that when it comes to the subject of same-sex marriage, we were not “outmarketed,” as Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in an interview on Fox News, but we were “outevangelized.

Today comes another story from the papers. One in which your intrepid, if simplistic, naive, ignorant (and whatever other description you care to make), blogger can calmly, albeit sadly, compose a brief post with the title above. A story that points clearly to the reasons why we are being “outevangelized” these days. [Read more…]

What Can You Personally Do About The Priest Sex Abuse Scandal? UPDATED

Our Lady, Untier of Knots

This message is for most of us who aren’t directly involved in any of the ongoing scandals that continue to percolate to the surface these days, like in Newark, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the latest scandalous news coming out of Cleveland, but who understand that we need to do something.

It’s time to break out the big guns of prayer and fasting, is all I can figure. How to do that? Check this out. [Read more…]

Joe Six-Pack Unpacks Pope Francis’s Interview (Part I) UPDATED

Pope Francis knows who really pays our bills…

“I do not know what might be the most fitting description….I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”

Pope Francis’s candid answer to the first question of the interview read ’round the world set the tone for all that would follow. [Read more…]

Jesuits “Lied for Jesus” About This Priest For 40 Years…UPDATED

As you might guess, this turns out badly.

It’s timely that I posted something earlier  about the sexual abuse scandals, whistleblowers, and how lying about them for Jesus has damaged the Church. And when I say Church, I mean the present, and future, faithful. Not the buildings, or the hierarchy. I mean the full Body of Christ in the world.

Manya Brachear of the Chicago Tribune has the scoop on how the headline above came to be from a story that hit the wires just a little while ago. [Read more…]

Meet the “Catholic Whistleblowers,” Learn the Fate of Father Fugee, and Revisit “Lying for Jesus”

You may recall the recent goings on in the Archdiocese of Newark related to the scandal of sexual abuse of minors. Well, a number of priests and religious have banded together to form a posse of sorts, and they call their little band of brethren the Catholic Whistleblowers. Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times shares the story up about them. [Read more…]