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Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of child porn charges...

At the close of his civil trial in the Vatican, former Holy See diplomat Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella was found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography and given a five-year prison sentence. The priest was also asked to pay a fine of 5,000 euro. The penitentiary where he will serve his prison term is unknown. Capella...

What did the Vatican know about Cardinal McCarrick and when did it know it?

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., was suspended from public ministry on Wednesday, after an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor was found to be credible. According to a statement released by the Archdiocese of New York, McCarrick was accused of abusing a teenage altar boy almost 50 years ago...

Pope flies to Geneva for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches...

Pope Francis landed in Geneva Thursday for a daytrip aimed at bolstering ecumenical relations, saying off the bat that division among Christians is borne from worldliness, and Christ must be prioritized over any differences that might get in the way of unity. In his first official speech after touching down, the Pope said Christians are called to walk together along the path of the Spirit...

Catholic writer Thomas Craughwell, ‘faithful storyteller’, dies at 61...

The American Spectator and I lost a friend with the unexpected death last week of Thomas Craughwell. His death, at age 61, came as a big surprise, and we have no details as to the cause. In fact, the way I learned about Tom’s death shows my surprise: I had just received a copy of his brand new book on heroic military chaplains...

Cardinal McCarrick: Everybody knew...

Remember how, after Harvey Weinstein was busted as a serial sexual abuser, it emerged that a whole lot of people knew this about Weinstein, but never said anything about it? The same thing is true about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was outed today (by the Catholic Church) as having sexually abused a minor years ago. I had never heard that McCarrick abused minors...

On hypocrisy and its cure...

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year, Jesus gives an extended teaching on hypocrisy. Today we tend reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another, one who is two-faced or phony. While Jesus’ teaching does not exclude this definition...

Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the 'ideal' life...

It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether it's the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people around the world seem to aspire for more moderate levels of these and other traits...

How poetry can save us in our age of superficiality...

It is tempting to decry our age as the worst of times. Anyone who has studied history, however, knows that this complaint is unjust. For all our concern over gun violence, terrorism, and bullying, we pale in comparison to the violence of previous ages: no gladiatorial bloodbaths, very few Viking raids. There is the very real threat of mass violence inherent in our war technologies...

With a cardinal’s fall, the crisis returns home...

With the specter of sex-abuse returned to the fore with a vengeance across the Catholic world, the story's mounting American angle has suddenly yielded a historic, shocking development: early Wednesday, the archdiocese of New York announced that the Holy See had removed Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from all public ministry following a 47 year-old allegation of abusing a minor during his days as a priest in the city...

How did Cardinal McCarrick’s secret last so long?

At least fifteen years ago, I wrote a confidential email message to a few trusted friends, telling them to brace themselves. Within a few days, I said, a major secular newspaper would break a sensational story about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. To my surprise, the newspaper never ran the story—which finally came out today.