Analysis and Comment

Separating facts about clergy abuse from fiction Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
clergy abuse

The recent release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church during the past 70 years has unleashed another round of headline news and sadly, much misinformation about this critically important problem. Few topics elicit more emotion and rage from the public than sexual abuse committed by Catholic Read more

Road map out of clericalism Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
clericalism

I cannot help wondering if the current implosion of ecclesiastical credibility over clergy sex abuse has the potential to create a new moment of grace, one that breaks down outmoded governance models and creates new ones better suited for our times. We may already have a road map — thanks to liberation theologian Leonardo Boff. Read more

Celibacy and priestly ministry Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
celibacy

There has been a clamor among some priests to abolish mandatory celibacy and make it optional. For them, celibacy is a burden that is very difficult to live with. They contend that if it was made optional, more men will be attracted to the priesthood, especially at a time when there is a shortage of Read more

Why you should see Pope Francis movie Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
movie

It’s true. Wim Wenders’ film, “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” is long, and sometimes a badly done movie. In the end, you feel uneasy at such a hagiography and the personality cult it exudes, to which the Catholic Church lends itself so easily, even if one guesses that this pope is fundamentally opposed Read more

Ten rules of life to become more human Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
human

Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche communities, turned 90 last week. And on the occasion of the Sept. 10 milestone he decided to share a video message in English that proposes “ten rules of life to become more human.” Vanier, son of one of Canada’s late governors general, set up his first L’Arche community in Read more

Francis’s child protection summit a high-stakes gamble Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
child protection summit

Wednesday’s big Vatican story was clearly the announcement that Pope Francis has summoned all the presidents of national conferences of Catholic bishops from around the world, more than 100 prelates in all, to Rome Feb. 21-24 for a session on “the protection of minors.” The immediate reaction was to assume this was a Vatican effort Read more

Cigarette butt – single greatest source of ocean trash Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
cigarette butt

Environmentalists have taken aim at the targets systematically, seeking to eliminate or rein in big sources of ocean pollution — first plastic bags, then eating utensils and, most recently, drinking straws. More than a dozen coastal cities prohibited plastic straws this year. Many more are pondering bans, along with the states of California and Hawaii. Read more

Capital gains tax will hit the vulnerable Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
capital gains tax

The Tax Working Group chaired by Sir Michael Cullen is due to produce its interim report this month. This will consider the issue of whether New Zealand should continue not to tax most capital gains (tax the fruit from the tree, but not any growth in the tree that bears the fruit). The Labour Party, Read more

Flirting with schism Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018
schism

The publication of the “testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, is an unprecedented moment in modern church history—and not just because of his demand that Pope Francis resign. The eleven-page document, crafted and published by Viganò with the help of sympathetic Catholic journalists while the pope was Read more

Bruised and bloodied will the church be reborn? Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018
church

There is a reason that Pepsi never attacked Coca-Cola head-on, or vice-versa. They did not want to “ruin the brand,” in the parlance of marketing. They did not want people turning against the concept of soda altogether. So, instead, each company adopted clever ways of situating their project in the consumer’s mind, and they even Read more