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Go, and Die for Your People

A good shepherd does not abandon his sheep; he lays down his life for them. Bishops who are willing to give up everything – who are not afraid to go and die for their people – are the bishops the Church needs.

The World Episcopate and the German Apostasy

The Church Fathers’ practice of fraternal challenge and correction remains to be recovered. That recovery is now essential as the Church in Germany falls deeper into apostasy—a denial of the truths of Catholic faith that threatens schism.

Somebody Needs to Be Dad

The extraordinary fact of Catholic life in the United States is not the few bishops who humiliate us so bitterly, but the many who do the job so well

The Catholic Project, Two Years On

The abuse crisis is, in some important ways, a unique challenge for the Catholic Church. In some ways, though, its remedy is the same as the remedy for all the challenges the Church faces: strive for holiness, cling to the Church, preach the Good News in word and deed.

President Biden and Progressive Catholic Fantasyland

Catholic progressives were not so craven in the face of legal segregation during the classic period of the civil rights movement; they were, in fact, bold and brave. So why the surrender to the Zeitgeist now?

Catholic Coherence, Catholic Integrity

Bishops who maintain the Church’s eucharistic integrity and coherence are not acting politically or punitively; those bishops are calling the entire Church to deeper conversion while expressing appropriate, indeed necessary, concern for the spiritual well-being and moral coherence of those under their pastoral care.

Biden and the Bishops

The reception of Communion is a deeply personal matter, but it is a fundamentally ecclesial act, not a private one. This fact underlies all the ongoing debates about Catholic politicians and Communion.

Coming Soon…

A new podcast seeks to help Catholics understand the clergy abuse crisis and how the crisis might change our understanding of the Church itself.

A Different Kind of Transparency

Catholics now have a guidebook, written for non-experts (or at least non-canonists), which provides a simplified explanation of how Rome expects the rest of the Church to handle allegations of clergy sexual abuse.

Lessons of the Latest Abuse Numbers

We owe it to our shepherds to let them try to regain our trust, as hard as that may be. As for our bishops, surely they know how difficult it is to trust a leader who never lets down his guard, who through contempt or fear, refuses to grant the very trust he demands in return.