The Catholic Church rams headlong into sexual sin yet again . . . and it still can’t cope

I don’t want to write this article.  My own pain over the situation within the Catholic Church, and particularly within its clergy, remains very, very deep.  Nevertheless, following comments from friends and acquaintances over the Cardinal McCarrick affair, I think I have to try to set out the current situation as I see it.  I hope I can shed some light on what’s happening.  However, I can’t offer a solution, because the Church is not going to change willingly.  It’s marching to the beat of a different drummer, and it won’t listen to any other.  That’s potentially one of its greatest strengths, but

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Pedophilia and the Catholic Church: It’s time for action

I’m sure most of my readers have by now heard about the publication of a grand jury report in Pennsylvania.  It investigated pedophile acts by clergy and laity in the Catholic Church over a period of some decades.  The full report is devastating.  Over a thousand known victims;  hundreds of guilty persons;  and a massive, deliberate, institutionalized cover-up of the facts by bishops and other authority figures within the Church. I’ve written about this many times before, in the light of my own experiences within the Church – most recently just a few weeks ago.  I won’t repeat my sentiments here.  It would be pointless.

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Not just a moral or public relations crisis, but a criminal crisis

I didn’t write more yesterday about the latest child sex abuse scandal – “scandal”:  what a pathetically inadequate word! – to hit the Catholic Church.  The reality was too stomach-churning for me – or anyone in his or her right mind – to face.  Nevertheless, I’ve returned to reading more of the Pennsylvania report, and other people’s views and comments on it.  I think there’s an aspect of this situation that isn’t being properly addressed. The Catholic Church is already trying to “spin” this as a public relations crisis rather than anything more.  Efforts are being made to minimize the damage

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“Prelates and Pederasts”

That’s the title of a searing article by Paul Rahe on the clergy child sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church.  Here’s an excerpt. Benedict’s successor was Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina – the man who calls himself Pope Francis. As a Belgian cardinal namedGottfried Daneels – who had been removed as an archbishop because he had covered up pederasty on the part of another Belgian cardinal and had come out in support of contraception, divorce, gay marriage, euthanasia, and abortion – revealed in his memoirs, Bergoglio’s candidacy was promoted by the St. Gallen Group, a part of what Catholics call “the Lavender Mafia.” This disgraced

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The Catholic clergy child sex abuse scandal: told you so!

I’ve written extensively about this crisis, in an explanation of how it affected my life, in comments on the most recent developments, and other articles. I’ve been taken to task (sometimes with great anger and/or distress) by some Catholics who believe I was (and still am) a traitor to my faith and to the Catholic Church for not “staying the course” and working to solve the problem from within.  My answer has always been to point them to the two questions I had to ask myself at the time.  Since I could not answer either of them in the affirmative, it was obvious that I could not

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