#MeToo · Catholic Controversies · Clergy Sex Abuse

No Cardinal Cupich, the John Jay Report doesn’t make me feel any better.

Once again, members of the Catholic heirarchy are trying to convince us that priests living a homosexually active sex life are not particularly a problem in the current crisis. I’m here to say that the lay faithful are not going to be diverted by attempts to change the subject. Clergy living active homosexual lives are… Continue reading No Cardinal Cupich, the John Jay Report doesn’t make me feel any better.

Catholic Controversies · Clergy Sex Abuse

Cardinal O’Malley’s statement is not enough

Main stream news sources, perhaps surprisingly, seem to be taking Cardinal O’Malley’s statement about the McCarrick Queer scandals at face value.  Reuters: “Top Cardinal demands Vatican get tough with bishops on sex abuse.” The Boston Globe: “Amid new sex abuse scandal, “O’Malley issues warning to church.” Only at the bottom of the Globe article, do we… Continue reading Cardinal O’Malley’s statement is not enough

#MeToo · Catholic Controversies · Clergy Sex Abuse

Question for my SSA (Same Sex Attracted) friends

What do we call guys like Cardinal McCarrick? (Please, no smart aleck answers.)  Terminology is extremely important in the on-going discussion about how the Body of Christ should address same sex attraction. We need to steer clear of 2 different pitfalls. “Pedophilia abuse” vs. “homosexual abuse.” “Gay” vs. “same sex attracted” or some other term.… Continue reading Question for my SSA (Same Sex Attracted) friends

#MeToo · Catholic Controversies · Clergy Sex Abuse

Speak for Yourself, Cardinal Farrell

My latest at The Stream (July 20, 2018)  I was always taught to respect the clergy. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Should criticism be necessary, let it be as gentle as possible. But what do we do when the clergy harm each other? Cardinal Kevin Farrell’s recent comments about priests lacking credibility for preparing couples… Continue reading Speak for Yourself, Cardinal Farrell

Catholic Controversies · Clergy Sex Abuse · Pope Benedict XVI

“A child abuse scandal is coming for Pope Francis”

That is the headline from The Week story by Michael Brendan Dougherty. The gist: Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict had made the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) the agency responsible for dealing with sex abuse claims against clergy. Under the CDF’s auspices, the volume and speed with which the… Continue reading “A child abuse scandal is coming for Pope Francis”