McCarrick’s double life does not invalidate the value of the reforms the American bishops adopted in 2002, but it does make his betrayal all the more treacherous.
In a post-McCarrick age, when it is possible to resign entirely from the College of Cardinals, the old rules may no longer apply. A new era may be dawning for those bishops living their retirement years.
A compendium of columns to help readers understand the newest iteration of the sexual abuse scandals rocking Rome.
The Church is faced with a question of whether, and how, to keep secrets.
Something new could have been something better. It is very unlikely that it would have been worse. And it is a shame that the new government has chosen to use only the old ways.
MBS wants a more dynamic, moderate Saudi Arabia to be the heir to Ottoman-era influence, an alternative to the militancy of Iran or the failed pan-Arab nationalism of the 1960s. But he wants on it on his own terms.
In this noisiest of noisy presidencies, the silence of the Queen was refreshing.
The removal of the Office of Religious Freedom and replacing it with the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion signaled the end of any significant activity.
Diversity separated from unity is generally not a good thing. Diversity is strength, but on the football field and in our common life, it is unity that is stronger still, and that provides the context in which diversity can be welcomed and can thrive.
Buckley-Vidal was memorable not because two men of superior intellect debated the salient issues of the day, but because of how they debated, putting personal attacks into their punditry.
Aretha Franklin grew up in the black church, with its rich gospel music traditions. Her father was a pastor, and she ministered with her voice.
Why is there such an urge to head out to the cottage, when a more relaxing weekend might be had at home? Perhaps there is something deeper within our desire to travel.
Ken Woo’s painting departs from the traditional depiction of angels holding the instruments, opting instead just for two angels, with a collection of instruments of the Passion suspended above them. And here we find presentation of the instruments that is familiar and new.
The dubia regarding Amoris Laetitia and Veritatis Splendor have gone unanswered, leaving individuals, including bishops and priests, to work out how to proceed when the latter condemns what the former proposes. The easiest solution is simply to ignore that Veritatis Splendor exists.
Veritatis Splendor rejected at length the objections that Paul VI faced in his time, namely that in teaching the truth about the moral law, the Church was lacking in compassion and in respect for freedom.
After fifty years it appears that what Pope Paul VI warned us about has come true. Men would begin to treat women more as objects to be used rather than potential collaborators in a family project.