• Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

    [caption id="attachment_102575" align="alignnone" width="575"] Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl addresses young people as he celebrates Mass during a pro-life youth rally at the Verizon Center in Washington Jan. 25. Thousands of young people gathered at the arena to rally and pray before taking... Read more
  • Pennsylvania grand jury report details decades of clerical abuse allegations

    Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 14, 2018 / 02:27 pm (CNA).- A redacted grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses was released Tuesday, following an 18-month investigation into thousands of alleged instances of abuse spanning several decades. The report,... Read more
  • In the Midst of Clerical Misdeeds, a Crucial Moment for the Laity

    The last four weeks in the Church have borne witness to a growing cauldron of sorrow and anger. God’s faithful are rightly disturbed at the latest explosion of sexual abuse allegations and the seeming lack of accountability that allowed years of rumors and allegations to go unaddressed by the... Read more
  • A Severe Mercy: Our Time of Visitation

    [caption id="attachment_95628" align="alignnone" width="660"] Minolta DSC[/caption] Dear Brothers and Sisters, I’m writing to share with you a few thoughts as a follow up to Ralph Martin’s excellent and courageous letter Dear Troubled Catholics, regarding the current crisis in the... Read more
  • Cardinal O’Malley orders inquiry into Boston seminary, places rector on ‘sabbatical’

    Boston, Mass., Aug 10, 2018 / 01:57 pm (CNA).- 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, Monsignor James... Read more
  • The McCarrick Mess

    When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism... Read more
  • Albany Bishop: Lay Commission Should Investigate Claims Against Bishops

    The bishop of Albany, New York, said Monday that a commission of lay Catholics should be formed to investigate claims of abuse or misconduct made against bishops. “What is needed now is an independent commission led by well-respected, faithful lay leaders who are beyond reproach, people... Read more
  • Pope Francis and Capital Punishment

    In a move that should surprise no one, Pope Francis has once again appeared to contradict two millennia of clear and consistent scriptural and Catholic teaching. The Vatican has announced that the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be changed to declare the death penalty... Read more
  • Dear Troubled Catholics – a Letter From Ralph Martin About the Current Crisis

    Dear Troubled Catholics, I have never seen so many “ordinary Catholics”—who usually never follow or hear about Church news—as deeply troubled as I have seen them in response to the recent revelations about the retired archbishop of Washington, DC. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was... Read more
  • Pope Francis Changes Catechism to Say Death Penalty ‘Inadmissible’

    Pope Francis has revised the Catechism to teach that the death penalty is “inadmissible” and to say that the Church “works with determination for its abolition worldwide.” In a rescript, or decree, the Pope has replaced the previous version of n. 2267 of the Catechism to read: The... Read more