By Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine - Busy week we've had here in America. As of Friday, six US states have opened investigations into dioceses, including heavy hitters Illinois, New York and New Jersey.... The USCCB's response has been to express the need for more refinements of their procedures, which call has been met with widespread disdain from an enraged laity.
By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture - If he saw the problem as urgent, the Pope, as the Church’s supreme legislator, could require all the world’s episcopal conferences to adopt norms suggested by his commission. Instead, he’s convened a meeting—in five months—to talk about the issue some more... Or rather, to talk about a part of the issue.
By Fr. Edward Looney, Catholic Exchange - The Church celebrates the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15th. It is a feast rooted in the gospels with Simeon’s prophecy that a sword would pierce Mary’s heart. As Mary stood by the foot of the cross, she truly became an icon of the sorrowful mother. Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the Pieta depicts Mary holding the lifeless body of her Son.