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Why Scandal Can’t “Bring Down” the Catholic Church

Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.

There are perhaps few critical emails I field more frequently in my work with Catholics Come Home than those which reference abuse or scandal as one’s reason for not coming home to the Catholic Church. “I would never come ‘home’ to the catholic church. I have seen too many pedophiles, which seem to be epidemic in the Church,” they say. […]

Zacchaeus – Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

Tax collectors have never been popular.  But in Roman Palestine, they were particularly hated.  It was bad enough that they collaborated with the foreign oppressors.  It’s understandable that the Jews felt about the same thing for the Romans as the French did for the occupying Nazis in World War II. But the Roman system of “tax farming” made tax collectors […]