In 2015, a number of Catholic friends were annoyed--and some downright angry--that a movie depicting the Boston Globe's investigation into the priest sexual abuse scandal was getting so much press in the secular media. That movie, Spotlight, won Best Picture for 2015 (it's streaming for free on Netflix). Despite all the press about it, and … Continue reading McCarrick in the Spotlight
Today's news about the pope accepting Cardinal Wuerl's resignation left me with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I was pleased to seemovement--a high-ranking prelate and visible player in the McCarrick and PA Grand Jury sagas stepped down. But on the other hand, movement is not enough. The pope's letter regarding Wuerl seems to miss … Continue reading Who will replace Wuerl?
Whether St. Francis actually said it or not, he is often attributed with saying that we should preach the Gospel always and, if necessary, use words. St. Francis or not, the point is clear--actions speak louder than words. And we are in desperate need of action. In all areas of society, we hear polished press … Continue reading Words and actions
Even though I am sure she did not mean to do it, Elizabeth Bruening's article on a rape in Texas that was denied, concealed, and forgotten by the adults who should have been protecting Amber Wyatt has many parallels to our current situation in the Church. And it has many parallels to the Church's liturgical … Continue reading Let’s be obnoxious
This has been out there a while now, but if you didn't see Archbishop Chaput's lecture, it is well worth watching. I am a big fan of Archbishop Chaput and his is a voice we need in today's society. As we debate the need for religious freedom in the courts and in society at large, … Continue reading First Things 2014 Erasmus Lecture
Pope Francis (Thomas J. Craughwell) Saint Benedict Press, 167 pages, $22.95 Purchase here This lavishly illustrated book is the best introduction to Pope Francis that I've seen. Of its 167 pages, perhaps 100 of them are photographs of the Pope beginning in his childhood and continuing through his priesthood, his time as a bishop, and, … Continue reading Pope Francis (Thomas J. Craughwell)