• Victim is stunned by ex-priest’s prison release

    • Feb 5, 2015

    After all these years, the lie had begun to seem real. Chris McCafferty had convinced himself the past had been put to rest, and distant memories could no longer touch him. This, of course, was never quite true. And all it took was a single phone call to plunge him

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  • Fear of change in the Church risks sinning for a lack of hope

    • Oct 30, 2014

    The Rev. Maurizio Patriciello is known in Italy as a human rights campaigner and an advocate for victims of illegal toxic dumping in the country’s southern Campania region. This piece on the recent Synod of Bishops originally appeared in the Oct. 28 edition of L’Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian

  • Why can we disregard St. Paul’s words on slavery, but not homosexuality?

    • Oct 30, 2014

    At Mass on Wednesday, the reading was St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 6:1-9. It reads in part, “Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling.” The words are always jarring. In this letter, and others, Paul seems to condone slavery, and biblical scholars have long debated

  • Beatifying Pope Paul VI may be a signal: Don’t expect radical changes

    • Oct 29, 2014

    The recent Synod of Bishops on the Family concluded with a Mass in which Pope Francis beatified one of his predecessors, Pope Paul VI. Was staging the ceremony at the end of that tumultuous summit an indirect way for Rome to dampen expectations of radical change under Francis? It would

  • What the Left and Right get wrong about Pope Francis

    • Oct 27, 2014

    If you followed the recently concluded Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, a meeting that brought together nearly 200 members of the hierarchy for discussion focused on the theme of family, you’re justified in having a case of whiplash after two weeks of high drama. A preliminary report suggested a