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What Do Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick Have in Common?

COMMENTARY: To an unprecedented extent, the reigning secular religion of our time enables sexual abuse, disarms victims and empowers predators. First published at the National Catholic Register, July 10, 2019.  Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick operate(d) in different sectors of society, have different marital statuses and sexual preferences and profess different religions. What… Continue reading What Do Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick Have in Common?

#MeToo · Catholic Controversies · Catholic culture · Clergy Sex Abuse · Pope Benedict XVI · Survivors of the Sexual Revolution

Pope Emeritus Benedict Is Right: The Sexual Revolution Is Part of the Problem

Pope Emeritus Benedict Is Right: The Sexual Revolution Is Part of the Problem So let’s be part of the solution.  National Catholic Register, May 24, 2019. Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote an extended essay on the clergy sex-abuse and cover-up scandal, where he cited the sexual revolution coming of age in Europe in 1968 as a contributing factor.… Continue reading Pope Emeritus Benedict Is Right: The Sexual Revolution Is Part of the Problem

Catholic culture

On the Death of Great Men: Fr. Schall, Chuck Colson and my Dad

Crisis magazine, April 26, 2019.  The death of a father is an earth-shattering event. When my father died in 1993, I felt disoriented. I had never been in a world that did not include him. I could feel myself move up the generational ladder. No one is above me any longer. No one who matters stands… Continue reading On the Death of Great Men: Fr. Schall, Chuck Colson and my Dad

Catholic culture · Clergy Sex Abuse

Catholic Culture has Changed: And That’s a Good Thing

My column in the National Catholic Register, May 8, 2019.  COMMENTARY: The sex-abuse scandal has given ordinary laypeople the ability to facilitate real change. Case in point: the Diocese of Buffalo, New York. The clergy sex-abuse scandal has irrevocably changed Catholic culture. Ordinary Catholics are comfortable today doing and saying things that would have been… Continue reading Catholic Culture has Changed: And That’s a Good Thing

Catholic Controversies · Gay Politics · Pope Francis

What Did Author Hope to Accomplish With ‘In the Closet of the Vatican’?

Originally published at the National Catholic Register, March 18, 2019 The reception of Frederic Martel’s widely anticipated book In the Closet of the Vatican has been surprising. The tantalizing hints dropped before the “bombshell,” “salacious” book’s release exclaimed, “80% of Vatican priests gay.” After an initial international media flurry, the book has dropped out of sight. Two… Continue reading What Did Author Hope to Accomplish With ‘In the Closet of the Vatican’?

Catholic Controversies · Clergy Sex Abuse · Gay Politics · Paul Sullins · Refugees from the gay lifestyle · Survivors of the Sexual Revolution

Weaponized Self-Pity, Part II: ‘Gay’ Clergy

Originall published at the National Carholic Register, February 27, 2019.  In a recent column, I introduced the concept of weaponized self-pity. I noted how often I’ve seen divorced parents become defensive when I talk about the impact of divorce on children. Numerous times, my friend Leila Miller and I have assured people that, yes, of course,… Continue reading Weaponized Self-Pity, Part II: ‘Gay’ Clergy