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7 practical first steps to fix the messes, before the Catholic Church empties out...

The question is asked: By what measures may we hold accountable the autonomous bishops of the Church, and the diplomatically protected cardinals, whose revealed past actions have precipitated a deep and real shattering of trust among the faithful? Without trust, without a secure sense that the men placed in a position to bind and to loose the sins of others will themselves come into the light—and hold themselves accountable to what is true within this unholy drama—it will be impossible for the Church to avoid being cast into shadows...

Cardinal O’Malley orders Boston seminary inquiry, places rector on ‘sabbatical’ during investigation...

Cardinal Séan O’Malley has announced a major investigation into St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston, following allegations made by two former seminarians. The cardinal also announced that the rector of the seminary, Msgr. James Moroney, had been placed on immediate leave to allow for a “fully independent inquiry...

My son is about to enter the seminary. Here are 7 things I want to tell him.....

One of the most endearing gifts we possess as human beings is an imprint of God’s image. We hold a distinctive anthropology rooted out of God’s love allowing us to have an intimate union with Him. The irony of this gift is that it’s often overlooked. The strengthening of our identity in baptism for example solidifies the reception of this distinctive mark...

The 5 stages of apostolic apprenticeship...

This weekend our water heater started to leak, so the plumber came (George). He is no longer a young man and we have had several conversations through the years about the lack of young plumbers. But, on this visit, George had a new apprentice, who just started this summer, after just graduating from High School. I told George that I was happy to see he had a new apprentice...

19th Ordinary Sunday: Trusting audacity and harrowing consolation...

The Collect for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time was not in previous editions Missale Romanum before the 1970 Novus Ordo. It has roots in the 9th century Sacramentary of Bergamo and thus is ancient text. Note that for the 2002 Missale Romanum there was a variation from the 1970MR. In the 2002MR the ablative absolute clause “docente Spiritu Sancto” was inserted...

5 aspects of faith — A homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year...

The Gospel this Sunday amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. He is summoning us to faith in Himself and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s Gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He was the bread come down from Heaven. This Sunday’s Gospel opens with His Jewish listeners grumbling because He claims to have come from Heaven...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘If we do not oppose evil, we feed it’...

It is not enough for Catholics to not do bad things, they must counter evil by actively living out charity in the performance of good deeds, Pope Francis told young people and others in St. Peter’s Square Sunday. “If we do not oppose evil, we feed it tacitly. It is necessary to intervene where evil spreads; because evil spreads where there are no daring Christians who oppose with good...

Advice for the future should come from people with knowledge of the present — and the past...

Homosexual acts committed by or between clerics—even among those presumably able to consent—are at the root, the very root, of the sexual misconduct and cover-up crisis exposed by the McCarrick scandal. Who on earth does not yet know that yet? So my jaw dropped—which takes some doing these days—my jaw dropped when Msgr...

Where are the bishops who will defend faithful priests?

It is hard to communicate to people the life of a priest. The inexpressible joys that we experience every day are so difficult to express, as is the privilege of journeying with people through the dark valleys in their lives with hope that we can be the shepherd who brings them comfort. In light of the current ecclesial climate...

The death Of Richard Sipe...

This is almost cinematic: A.W. Richard Sipe, one of the foremost figures in the Catholic sex abuse scandal drama, died Wednesday night at his California home. He was 85. In a retrospective of Sipe’s life, Terence McKiernan of the Bishop Accountability site. Richard Sipe didn’t care. He told me back in 2002 that no gay man should enter the seminary at that time...