By Nicholas Senz, Aleteia - What is clericalism?... Clericalism is a disordered attitude toward clergy, an excessive deference and an assumption of their moral superiority. In the pithy description of Pope Francis, it’s when “Clerics feel they are superior, [and when] they are far from the people.” Yet, as Pope Francis wrote, clericalism can be “fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons”—laypeople can fall into clericalism, too!
By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN - “From the earliest ages of the Catholic Church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ.”
By Peter Wolfgang, The Stream - Studies show our churches both losing members and getting older. Many Millennials are now “nones,” having abandoned Christianity altogether. Christians have suffered massive public policy defeats in our efforts to protect the biblical truth about marriage and human sexuality... Worse, from the leadership of Willow Creek to the bishops of the Catholic Church, there have been massive failures of sexual purity and institutional integrity...
By Fr. Roger Landry, National Catholic Register - It is becoming clear that, unlike in 2002, when the U.S. bishops hastily adopted necessary but still inadequate reforms to address the sexual abuse of minors, leaving many other important aspects untouched, this time many Church leaders want to go beyond pruning some branches of clergy infidelity and episcopal malfeasance to addressing the evil at its roots. This is a sign of hope.