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Pope will meet abuse survivors in Ireland, Vatican confirms...

Pope Francis will meet survivors of sexual abuse during his trip to Ireland from August 25-26, but it will be up to the survivors to decide whether any information about the meeting will be released, said the director of the Vatican press office. Greg Burke, press director, said that from the moment the Vatican decided the World Meeting of Families 2018 would be in Dublin...

Cardinal Burke: Pope must ‘take action’ to clean up ‘homosexual culture’ in Church...

This week Cardinal Raymond Burke addressed the new wave of clergy abuse scandal giving insights and observations as to how it needs to be addressed. In an interview with Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, Cardinal Burke discussed the recent scandals involving clergy and members of the hierarchy. When asked about what is at the root of the crisis Cardinal Burke said "it seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals that indeed there is a homosexual culture...

Active homosexuality in the priesthood helped cause this crisis...

There is a line in the Acts of the Apostles that I once found humorous: So the word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem continued to grow rapidly. Even a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7) Of course the priests referred to here are the priests of the ancient Temple, the Levitical priests...

Reflections on 25 years of Pope John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor...

On August 6th, the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Church marked the 25th anniversary of Pope St John Paul II’s landmark encyclical, Veritatis splendor. St John Paul himself explained the reason for the encyclical: Although the Church has “at all times developed and proposed a moral teaching regarding the many different spheres of human life...

The Feast of Wisdom — the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time...

Every Catholic should take the time at some point in their life to watch “Babette’s Feast,” a beautiful movie about a French cook in Denmark who wins the lottery and spends her entire earnings on a lavish feast for the two old spinsters she works for, and all their friends. Babette’s Feast was an obvious and intentional Eucharistic allegory...

The death penalty debate and the Church’s magisterium...

I follow the death penalty debate, of course, but I am more concerned about how that debate impacts some ecclesiologically important aspects of the Church’s teaching function. As for the death penalty itself I find the arguments organized by Feser and Bessette in their treatise, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Ignatius, 2017)...

Dear Cardinal DiNardo and USCCB: Do the right things, and we will have your backs...

Thank you for your recently-released statement addressing the revelations concerning both Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. Many American Catholics are grateful to read that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is committed to investigating, reporting on, and resolving questions and circumstances surrounding both issues...

Let the world know that Judas did something bad. Better they hear it now than later.....

There is a well-known principle of studying history known as the “criterion of embarrassment.” We see it vindicated in our own day in America every time some self-righteous SJW campaigns to demolish a statue of a Confederate general or what have you, and they call it “progress.” The Romans called it “damnatio memoriae” – the destruction of a person’s memory...

Will you, this moment, let Jesus' Good News saturate your soul with grace?

I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks have been pretty rough. First there was the story of Archbishop (former Cardinal) McCarrick. Then we had the report from Pennsylvania drop this week. It is so depressing. Last night it reached an apex when my wife and I cried with our two oldest kids after one of them asked me to explain what was going on...

On Pope’s Irish trip, question isn't if he’ll meet victims but what happens next...

No matter when Pope Francis might come to Ireland, it wouldn’t be an easy trip. This is a culture, after all, lacerated north and south, facing the impact of runaway secularization and some of the world’s most appalling clerical sexual abuse scandals. Right now, however, feels like a particularly tough moment. In the run-up to Francis’s arrival next Saturday morning...