One Simple Battle Each of Us Can Fight

March 30, 2023. Our culture of abuse is not just a problem for our clergy. It is a problem of the laity, too. The laity participate in and perpetuate this culture. Loyalty is valued more than goodness and integrity, leading to a culture of silence. Violations of chastity are readily accepted. The laity struggle withContinue reading “One Simple Battle Each of Us Can Fight”

Spiritual Battle: Church Leaders Lawyer Up Against the Laity

“They have hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:12-13) March 6, 2023 Recently I read an excellent article written by Jennifer Kane: “Bishops Buy Their Way Out of Moral Crisis In the Diocese of Buffalo“. She highlights that it is not only that decades ago bishops covered upContinue reading “Spiritual Battle: Church Leaders Lawyer Up Against the Laity”

Catholic Parents and the Cover Up Culture

Reports about the sex abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church reveal a clerical culture conducive to both sex abuse as well as its cover up. For example, a 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report covering six Catholic dioceses says that hundreds of priests abused at least 1000 children over the course of thirty years. BishopsContinue reading “Catholic Parents and the Cover Up Culture”

How To Dialogue With Your Neighbor

“Let’s discuss abortion,” is a conversation that will likely lead no where in the US today. Perhaps twenty years ago this could lead to meaningful dialogue. Basic observation leads to the conclusion that the culture is too divided today for conversations like this to bear good fruit. However, we still need to talk about culture.Continue reading “How To Dialogue With Your Neighbor”