Professor resigns after allegations he sexually abused minors as a priest – CNN

In a statement last week, the Diocese of Brooklyn included him in a list of those who had been “dispensed from the clerical state.” The decree was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric.” …

The Resurrection and the Life

I recently finished up re-reading the book The Resurrection: Myth or Reality? by Episcopalian bishop John Shelby Spong that totally consumed my “free” time over the last couple of weeks. Being that it’s Lent, I wanted to, as I got my ashes on Ash Wednesday, “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” …

Morass Authority

The crisis of episcopal governance in Philadelphia | National Catholic Reporter If they can’t get the clergy sex abuse mess right, after all their protestations that they had taken steps to deal with the problem, and all their claims that the Catholic Church was now ahead of the curve on the issue, that our policies …

On Female Clergy

Rom 16:7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. If a woman can be a prominent apostle before Paul and, by Catholic tradition, was made one in a church founded by Peter himself, then women can …

What Do You Believe Rob?

A friend recently asked, “I sincerely would like to understand what makes a bright, educated, eloquent person believe in god and accept religion. Please tell me.” This is my answer: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. The truth of our faith becomes a matter …

What We Have Seen and Heard, Part 2

In the previous post we looked at out faith informs our culture and values. Now for a look at Sacred Scripture African-American spirituality is based on the Sacred Scriptures. In the dark days of slavery, reading was forbidden, but for our ancestors the Bible was never a closed book. The stories were told and retold …

What We Have Seen and Heard, Part 1

Very soon a Black Catholic Bishop named Steib will be coming to speak to my parish about a pastoral letter on evangelization he co-authored titled “What We Have Seen and Heard” because my parish is considered to be one of the 800 or so in the country that are predominantly African American. We are reading the letter in preparation for the talk, discussing it and it’s implications. It’s a pretty long letter and I’ll be reflecting on it in the coming days.

Community is the Opposite of Poverty

CNA – Documents: “Someone once said that the opposite of poverty is not property. Rather, the opposite of both poverty and property is community.” (Via Catholic News Agency.) At the recommendation of a friend, I read this homily. Pass it on to the hardhearted.

Sexual abuse victims describe frank meeting with pope – CNN.com

Sexual abuse victims describe frank meeting with pope – CNN.com: “But McDaid said he came away from the meeting feeling that there was real hope that this time the problem would be addressed, with action to follow.” (Via CNN.) I pray to God it does.

Bishop expounds on the new ‘deadly sins’ – CNN.com

Bishop expounds on the new ‘deadly sins’ – CNN.com: “In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper, Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti said priests must take into account ‘new sins which have appeared on the horizon of humanity as corollary to the unstoppable process of globalization.’ In the 21st century, he said, ‘You offend God …