• Experts tell Australian abuse panel church must look at clerical culture

    • Feb 7, 2017

    Catholic experts told an Australian government commission that it is essential for the church to re-examine its culture of clericalism so as to put an end to clergy sexual abuse. Father Thomas Doyle, who served as a canon lawyer at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, called clericalism “a virus that has infected the church.”

  • New book more of whimper than bang on Vatican finances

    New book more of whimper than bang on Vatican finances

    • Feb 6, 2017

    In her new book “Nel Nome di Pietro” (“In the Name of Peter”), Vatileaks 2.0 defendant Francesca Chaouqui provides few new revelations of Vatican financial scandals, instead trying to reframe her own image from femme fatale to idealistic reformer who ran afoul of powerful vested interests.

  • Two missed opportunities for real reform on sex abuse

    Two missed opportunities for real reform on sex abuse

    • Jan 21, 2017

    Two stories this week, one in Italy and the other in the States, both highlight missed opportunities for real reform on clerical sexual abuse, born of trafficking in stereotypes and straw men rather than engaging the nitty-gritty of reality in the Catholic Church.