Stephen P. White

What the Church Brings to Politics

The best thing Catholics can do to transform our politics is to become saints. The best thing their shepherds can do is to lead them there by example.

What to Watch for in the New Year

The beginning of a new year is usually a time for hope, a chance to make a fresh start. Given all the Church has been through in the past year, the usual optimism that comes with a new year –and a new decade – seems a bit diminished.

A Changing Church

If the lay vocation is lived fully and well – with all the lay faithful taking seriously the gift and responsibility of their Baptism – what then might the Church look like?

The Cross Over the Manger

Advent is a season of hope because we believe that the One who makes things whole is on His way.

The Bishops Stand – in Their Own Way – with Peter

Collegiality and synodality cannot be of service to the Church if they are simply window dressing for the ecclesial groupthink which too often insists: “Do what we mean, not what we say.”

What the Bishops Also Must Do

The bishops’ mission is to teach, sanctify, and govern precisely so those they serve can fulfill the mission to the rest of us, who are called by baptism to proclaim the Gospel.

Shepherds of a Wounded Flock

Since last summer, much of the discussion about the abuse crisis has focused on justice for victims, accountability for bishops, and the role laypeople can and must play in renewing the Church. There are obvious reasons for these emphases. Yet in a somewhat ironic twist, there has been less attention paid to the ways in which priests have experienced the crisis.

Who Will Restore the Church?

Can we really expect the Church to undergo purification and at the same time expect that we, who are part of the Church, should be spared the pain and anguish of that purification?

The Circus in Buffalo

The price the Church pays for trying to save face is, in the end, always greater than the up-front cost of transparency.

Abuse on the Margins

Sexual abuse is a plague no matter where it occurs or to whom. But one of the underexplored facets of the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the United States is the way in which marginalized and minority communities have proven particularly susceptible both to abusers themselves and to the malfeasance of bishops and religious superiors who mishandled reports of abuse.