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

Assisted Reproduction · Children's Rights · Obergefell

Gay Marriage is “here to stay,” says lawyer

“Gay Marriage is Here to Stay, even with a conservative court,” says Cato Institute’s Senior Fellow Walter Olson. What he really means is: “Gay marriage has not inconvenienced the legal profession. We won’t be changing gay marriage.” No-fault divorce did not overly inconvenience the legal profession either. Some lawyers make a lot of money from… Continue reading Gay Marriage is “here to stay,” says lawyer

American politics · Catholic teaching

Secular Arguments for Marriage are Not Enough

My latest at Crisis:  Scott Hahn is a prolific Biblical scholar with a huge fan-base among orthodox Catholics. He doesn’t need my help promoting his new book, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of Social Order. But I need some help from him. I need his help convincing my pro-marriage policy-wonk friends that… Continue reading Secular Arguments for Marriage are Not Enough

Catholic Controversies · Catholic culture · Marriage

Denigrating the Priesthood

It is bad enough that Queers in the Church use their positions as cover for their sexual exploits. (See Cardinal McCarrick.) It is bad enough that the “progressives” make bad arguments for Church teaching “evolving.” (See John Gehring’s long-winded NYT whine. Absent from Gehring’s NYT’s bio, is his association with the Soros-funded Faith in Public Life.) As if… Continue reading Denigrating the Priesthood