- Jul 8, 2020
Divergent theories regarding Saint Mary Magdalene’s identity, many of which portray her as a repentant prostitute, in at least one theologian’s view are not only false, but speak to a wider problem with the Catholic understanding of human sexuality.
Rocio Figueroa, a theologian and sexual abuse survivor, has published a study with some surprising findings: Namely, that Jesus was a victim of sexual abuse – a concept survivors who participated in the study said could be helpful for the Church, yet hard to swallow.
A Canadian nun with a Ph.D. in clinical sexology said the sex abuse crisis in the church does not mean “the end of faith” but rather “the end of a lack of formation and the end of deviance,” and a call to return to Jesus’ message of love.
In the wake of revelations surrounding scandals involving ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and accusations by a former Vatican ambassador that Pope Francis and other curial officials knew and said nothing, one prelate has said it’s important to build a new future, rather than getting stuck in the past.
As the Church reels from clerical abuse scandals and attempts to tackle challenges related to increasing globalization and secularization worldwide, prelates in Rome for this month’s Synod of Bishops said young people can be agents of positive change, and can help to heal the Church’s wounds with their zeal for the faith.
Notre Dame’s Timothy P. O’Malley speaks to Crux about his new book, ‘Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World.’