July 13, 2019

As long as this accusation goes uninvestigated, as long as the hierarchy continues to ignore the letter from the plaintiff, the process of canonization of Fulton Sheen ought to be put on hold. Read more

July 8, 2019

None of the men who failed me are being held accountable.  Most are still alive and in ministry. Read more

July 5, 2019

If the conclusion that the church needs restructuring cannot not be warranted, it seems to me that at least the question should be raised and a church wide discussion take place.  Read more

June 30, 2019

The church has not let me down but popes and bishops have, too often and too deeply.  I wish I could say that the difference between them and me is a minor matter of policy or practice but it is not.  At bottom, they believe they are special instruments chosen and appointed by God and I don’t think they are special in the least.  Surely they are no more special than Bridget, my greyhound. Read more

June 22, 2019

Their leadership has been exposed in the past century and previous centuries as devoid of the Holy Spirit, of courage and even decency. I’m not speaking here of peccadillos or venial sin. They have decisively messed up the churches and the system that supports them needs to be eliminated. Read more

June 18, 2019

Catholics who wish to take a stand against Senator Warren’s plan are free to do so, of course, but they should be aware that in so doing they are not only openly proclaiming their willingness to sentence their fellow citizens to a life of fruitless toil; they are also in open dissent from the teachings of the church. Read more

June 13, 2019

So yes, I do think we should ask whether a particular religious practice inclines towards the evil, the destructive, the abusive – call it the “demonic” if you like. And yes, I think we should be aware of the way this can happen even within Christianity. Read more

June 8, 2019

It is never appropriate for one person to tell another “I am having sexual urges because of your body” if they are not already in a mutually consenting relationship of respect and communication. Read more

June 5, 2019

by guest writer Sean O’Conaill That Jesus called people to ‘follow me’ in the Gospel is indisputable, but was he calling some to a primary role of ‘ministry’ and others to be merely receivers of that ministry – a secondary role? All of the mainstream Christian churches are organised on that pattern – but what Gospel passages could be used to justify such an understanding? Aimed at promoting vocations to the ‘priesthood or religious life’, a recent pastoral letter by the… Read more

May 26, 2019

Once again, Pope Francis has compared having an abortion to “hiring a hitman.” As reported in CBS News: Pope Francis on Saturday said abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed. He is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. During an audience with participants of a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said opposition to abortion isn’t a religious issue but a human one: “Is it licit to throw… Read more

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