Pope Francis marched into one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent scandals of the last generation, priests molesting children. Pope Francis compared pedophilia in the Catholic Church to leprosy and claimed that it had infected the Church. He went further to offer an estimate, provided in consultation with his advisors, that about 2% of the clergy are pedophiles.
|By: DSWright Monday July 14, 2014 2:25 pm|
|By: masaccio Sunday June 15, 2014 10:30 am|
We should be listening to Pope Francis. He’s looking at the forest, while we aren’t even able to talk about trees.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 7, 2014 10:01 am|
On the way home from his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis gave a press conference that hinted about some big future shakeups. The first came out on Thursday, as Francis has put the old guard of Italians who ran the Vatican’s financial operations out and brought in folks with considerable financial expertise who understand — and support — international financial transparency rules. At the same time, Timothy Dolan, the Bishop of Wall Street, tried to dial back some of Francis’ pointed comments about exploitative capitalism (with some help from Larry Kudlow), but experts in Catholic ethics and social teachings took Dolan’s work apart in short order.
Could action on that other scandal be next? Let us pray . . .
|By: EdwardTeller Tuesday May 27, 2014 7:24 pm|
A pontiff who appears to be the most humble in generations might be hard, almost impossible to humiliate. That didn’t keep the first foreign leader to star in political ads opposing a sitting American President’s re-election efforts from trying, though.
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Sunday May 18, 2014 7:00 am|
Discussed: Abortion, Pope Francis, Patriarchy, Does the choice movement need an “it gets better” campaign to empower women to not hide/ apologize about their abortions?, Roe v. Wade, Clinic defenders, Abortion stories, How the Bible teaches women to abort unwanted pregnancy, Bad Choices, Being a target of a pro-life “wanted” poster, Abortion as a local issue, Single women who love sex and don’t want babies.
|By: Peterr Saturday February 22, 2014 10:14 am|
Bishop Robert Finn, head of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri, has not had a good week as two big stories have put him back in the headlines, and not in a good way. Back in October 2011, Finn was charged with failing to report suspicions that one of his priests was creating child pornography, and in May 2012 he was found guilty and given a sentence that amounts to probation and supervision. Meanwhile, he remains bishop.
But that may change, as these two big stories collide . . .
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:00 pm|
Who doesn’t love boobies?! Pope Francis stepped up to the pulpit at the Sistine Chapel and told nursing babies to suck it, because well, he’s just that kinda guy! He loves babies, and babies love boobies!
|By: Attaturk Thursday January 2, 2014 1:30 am|
Prepare to have your American Bishops and the media ignore the bulk of this that did not refer to abortion.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 31, 2013 7:31 am|
Even when thousands of Americans took to the streets in 2011 protesting inequality and greed in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations the Wall Street plutocrats appeared completely unshaken in their belief that their power and privileges were legitimate, that they were right and just. To their mind the protesters were just envious of their success and instead of “working hard” as the rich had they wanted to whine.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 3, 2013 12:01 pm|
Ross Douthat of the New York Times is one of the better conservative reads around. Part of the value of his sometimes quite insightful analysis was that he was willing to accept unpleasant facts concerning the failures of conservative thought. That didn’t make him some liberal punching bag – a reverse Alan Colmes – but [...]