Tagged: abuse crisis

“Discipleship” means Conversion

Conversion is not a feel-good word. There is an interior magic in every beginning, says Hermann Hesse, but life teaches us that there is also a lot of effort. Looking back to the Church’s sometimes glorified past for answers concerning...

“Discipleship” means Conversion

The Love of God in the Shared Burden of Community

“As members of one and the same mystical body of Christ, Christians are bound to one another and must bear one another’s burdens.” — Pope Francis, To the Ecumenical Delegation of the Lutheran Church of Finland (17 January 2020) Bearing...

The Love of God in the Shared Burden of Community

Listen to the cry of the victims

This weekend, Pope Francis delivered a video address and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley delivered the keynote to open a four-day conference in Warsaw, “Our Common Mission of Safeguarding God’s Children.” This conference comes as the Church begins to reckon with...

Listen to the cry of the victims

Jason Berry’s Powerful Testimony

Yesterday the New York Times published a short documentary by Emmy-winning filmmaker Ben Proudfoot about the veteran investigative reporter and author Jason Berry. Berry is one of the unsung heroes of the Church in the past half-century. Almost two decades...

Jason Berry’s Powerful Testimony

Why We Can’t Dismiss the Trauma of Abuse

“Don’t leave Jesus because of Judas.” “Don’t let Satan get between you and the Church.” “Put your faith in Christ, not in men.” Quite often, when a Catholic expresses anguish, disappointment, or spiritual disillusionment over revelations of sexual abuse by...

Why We Can’t Dismiss the Trauma of Abuse

Healing the Wounds: An interview with Mark Joseph Williams

Content Warning: This interview contains descriptions of clerical sexual abuse shared by a survivor. This content may be difficult for some readers. I am honored to share this interview of my friend Mark Joseph Williams, LCSW, with Eileen Quinn Knight,...

Healing the Wounds: An interview with Mark Joseph Williams

The Family: God’s Holy Abode

Each year at Christmas, I have a difficult time reconciling the hard realities that must have surrounded Jesus’ birth and how it has been romanticized over the centuries. The Annunciation, the Visitation, Joseph’s dilemma, Quirinius’s census, Mary and Joseph’s travel...

The Family: God’s Holy Abode

Will Vos Estis Stop Another McCarrick?

The McCarrick Report details Theodore McCarrick’s rise through the ranks of the Catholic Church while he sexually abused young men and minors and successfully covered up his crimes. The Report captures the horror of Theodore McCarrick’s sins in a glaringly...

Will Vos Estis Stop Another McCarrick?