I wouldn’t give ya five bucks for the whole operation.

The cause of our joy. And the sure sign that evil cannot prevail. “Will the Church survive this? Yes. How? The Holy Spirit. I wouldn’t give you five bucks for the whole operation if it weren’t for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We can’t keep this up on our own.” I paraphrase from memory, but so said Father Benedict Groeschel in a conference I heard years back shortl... More

Fallout: Zenit Editorial Staff Resign As Legionaries of Christ Claim Control

There have been some big changes at Zenit: Zenit news service’s six editors resigned their positions Oct. 7, citing their disagreement with the Legionaries of Christ’s plans to increase the outlet’s ties to the order. In a statement signed by the six editors, and addressed to Zenit readers, the editors state, “After years of fruitful collaboration with the Legionaries of Ch... More

[Updated] Fr. Pavone, Priestly Obedience, and Avoiding Needless Scandal

[UPDATE, Fri Sep 16: "Why the “Free Father Frank” Movement is Misplaced and Counter-Productive"] I’ve observed the dispute between Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life and his bishop, Patrick Zurek of Amarillo, with sadness. I suppose it was unavoidable that the dispute would become public but these disagreements always cause harm to Catholic unity and it would have been bette... More
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On +Aquila: Expelling Gentiles, Tax Collectors, and Pro-Abort Politicians

I noted the direction that the comments were heading in Peters’ post on Bishops Aquila’s strong words and decided that simply bouncing around the comments trying to put out fires would not be enough. So I grabbed the ear of my friend Rob Corzine who works with Scott Hahn’s St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and asked him for some guidance. First, Bishop Aquila is clearly refe... More

Irish and Australian pols dabble in simple stupidity, anti-Catholicism, or some combination of the two..

It's a target. The Roman collar proclaims to the world, "JESUS IS LORD. And I will live and die by that credo." So the Irish prime minister, and now some Australian legislator, is working on a bill that, if passed into law, would ostensibly compel, under penalty of jail time, priests to break the seal of confession and tell the civil authorities if child abuse is confessed. Let’... More

God Bless Norma Jean Coon: A Prodigal Daughter

Examples of humility and legitimate public repentance do present themselves often enough. Partly because our culture of the sensual-erotic and sensationalistic wishes us to look at Lady Gaga more than Mother Theresa. Partly also by definition: it cuts against what it means to be humble to promote one’s own self-humbling. Are those vessels glass and clay?! Good thing it's just bread and ... More

At Georgetown: Mockery, Ignorance, Lies

It’s Debate 101 that you should understand your opponent’s argument before you attempt to refute it. Andrew Sullivan, a well-known gay activist and columnist was invited to Georgetown University last night by Catholics For Equality to conduct a “Catholic Family Conversation on LGBT Issues” with Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage. The problem is, desp... More

Magister: Legionaries continue to be held hostage by leadership

I followed the Legionaries of Christ scandal intensely until the announcement was made that an official Vatican visitation had been called. This is the most significant update I have seen in several months. Sandro Magister argues – as I feared – that the attempts by the Legion to embrace reform are being impeded by the Maciel-loyal leadership. These men were appointed by the disgraced ... More
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Money laundering at the Vatican Bank?

I don’t know anything beyond the news reports that began trickling out yesterday: The head of the Vatican bank has formally been placed under investigation in an inquiry into a suspected violation of Italy’s money-laundering laws, judicial sources said today. At the same time, a judge in Rome ordered a freeze on €23m (£19.5m) held in an account opened by the Vatican bank, the In... More
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Ave Maria U. kicks out controversial “Home of the Mother” religious community

I’ve been hearing off-the-record concerns about this community for some time so I’m happy to see that AMU has taken action to dismiss them from their campus in Florida. The circumstances of the forced departure couldn’t be less flattering, as the Naples Daily News reports: The visible religious community known as the Home of the Mother will be leaving Ave Maria University’s... More

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