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A Simple but Clear Warning

September 10, 2018 16 Comments
A Simple but Clear Warning

In recent months we have once again been forced to confront the sinful evils we have inflicted upon one another. Currently the focus is rightfully on the sins of the clergy. The sexual predations of some clergy have a three-fold effect on the victims and on the Church. First there is the violation of the […]

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St. Monica and Prayers for Priests

August 26, 2018 5 Comments
St. Monica and Prayers for Priests

On the Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me too! I really needed (and still need) her prayers. In this time of pain in the Church, when God’s people are rightly disturbed by the sins of the clergy, many of you […]

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Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

July 30, 2018 10 Comments
Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others: clergy, religious, laity who work for the Church, and laity who volunteer. We all work for the Church because we love her and her people. At times, though, there is disappointment, hurt, or even disillusionment. Perhaps these feelings result from issues in the wider […]

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Is It Really About the Children? Taking Concern about the Sexual Abuse of Minors to the Next Level

May 22, 2011 43 Comments

In recent years, the Catholic Church has come under great scrutiny in terms of the sexual abuse of minors. Painful though it has been, it has been salutary in many ways. That such abuse has occurred, even once, let alone with the frequency we have all discovered, is both tragic and scandalous. That the Church […]

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Article in Washington Post on Clergy Sexual Abuse Misses the Mark

December 5, 2010 19 Comments

The Washington Post has published a story this morning on the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. Why exactly they have chosen to do so at this time is not clear. There are no new allegations, no legal updates to report, no recent protests or accusations against the Archdiocese of Washington’s handling of […]

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Still Catholic: A New Poll Says 86% of Catholics Have Not Allowed Abuse Scandal to Shake Their Faith

May 5, 2010 12 Comments

Please permit a brief blog from me today. I am just stepping off a plane from Seattle where I have been the past few days and it is rather late. I would like to cal to your attention a CBS News report on how Catholics are dealing with the Sexual Abuse scandal. A New Poll indicates […]

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Is Sexual Abuse a Catholic Problem Only? (or) How Spotlights Leave Many Other Things in Darkness.

April 21, 2010 38 Comments

Recent revelations of clergy sex abuse cases here and abroad have caused great distress among the people of God. There is simply no excuse for such offenses that can satisfy, and there should not be. The crime is bad enough but further charges of cover up cause even more distress and anger. But while the […]

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Working Hard to Prevent Sexual Abuse – A part of the story that’s not often told.

April 12, 2010 5 Comments

Twenty-five years ago I had just entered the seminary. It was the Mid-1980s and reports of clerical sexual abuse were emerging. While the vast majority of priests were doing good work, some – even one was too many – had caused significant harm. I am happy to say that the Archdiocese of Washington was one […]

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