sex abuse

Anchors in the Storm

I have tried in recent columns to respond to some of the many questions that people have been asking about the scandals that began with the revelations about the predations of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, were magnified by the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and have now expanded further with the publication of several testimonies by Archbishop Carlo […]

Why Remain Catholic? (With So Much Scandal)

Friends, in light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight–not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We […]

Staying Faithful As We Endure the Crisis

Two weeks ago I wrote a column attempting to respond to many of the questions friends and reporters had about the crisis of sexual infidelity among clergy. Since that article, I have received many more emails and phone calls, and I would like to continue attempting to answer the questions posed as candidly as I can. Much has happened in […]

Love and Understanding, not Judgment

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Are we only called to share our faith with the faithful?  Evangelize the evangelized?  No, we are supposed to share the joy of our faith with everyone and sometimes that means Catholics who have fallen away from the practice of their faith.  Sometimes it also means talking about our faith with Catholics who are angry and bitter towards the Church.  […]

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 […]

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. […]