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?
Bill Donahue, of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has a post called “PENNSYLVANIA GRAND JURY REPORT DEBUNKED.” I will eventually read it and possibly comment on it. But I must say this before I do. Even if I turn out to agree completely with his analysis, he is completely wrong to be talking about… Continue reading Memo to Bill Donohue: Now is not the moment.
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.
Do you receive the Ruth Institute newsletter? This is what you missed this week. Cardinal Farrell’s swipe at all priests really got my goat!
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
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
One interpretation of the #MeToo movement is that law enforcement should be tougher on sexual harassment and assault. I do not entirely agree. I think law enforcement should do its job. That means follow the law, including the rules of evidence and procedure. That means not expanding legal definitions beyond their limits. Punishment without limits… Continue reading #MeToo: law enforcement does what it ought to do