Edith Stein & Reparation

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as Edith Stein, her name prior to religious life. On this day in 1942, Edith and her sister Rosa were killed at Auschwitz. That summer, hundreds of Catholic Jews were arrested and murdered in response to the Dutch bishops’ public stand against Nazism. I highly recommend […]

The Situation After Baltimore

"Christ Walking on the Waters" (detail) By Julius Sergius Von Klever [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Questions about the state of the process of the reform of the Church in the United States during this second major phase of the clergy sexual abuse crisis have come like a downpour after the meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore November 12-15. This article originally appeared in The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass, […]

The Paradigm for Bishop-Led Church Reform

The bishops of the United States are in Baltimore this week for their annual Fall meeting, but this year’s reunion is anything but routine. It will be focused fundamentally, with prayer, penance, and deliberation, on the response to the new wave of sexual abuse scandals; in particular, on how bishops need to be, not part of the problem, but a […]

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

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. […]

The Second Part of the Story

On Sunday night, 60 Minutes featured an interview with Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, It was a hard-hitting, but engaging, fair and largely positive portrayal. While certain aspects of the interview were over-hyped and over-stated  — like the assertions that U.S. Catholics look to the Archbishop of New York as the “American Pope” and that Archbishop Dolan is a […]

Seeing the Scandal with Biblical Eyes

Once again we’re living in scandal times. The “Long Lent” that the American church endured in 2002 has now descended on the European church. A significant difference is that this time the Pope himself has come under scrutiny. Once again, the news media are in a frenzy – CNN has blanket coverage, the New York Times is running daily stories, […]

New Report Highlights Papal Focus in Media Coverage of Scandal

As painful as it is to watch and to read, the sex abuse scandal in the Church needs to be covered in the media and covered well.  Solid, accurate reporting will benefit not only the victims, and those who may have been falsely accused, but also the Church.   Unfortunately, in my opinion, that’s not the case with the media recently. […]