By Michael Pakaluk, First Things - Many sense that the hierarchy’s rejection of capital punishment and their complacency about clergy sexual abuse are not unconnected. What I want to say on the matter falls under three headings: separation; vengeance; and protection. All of these serve to distinguish justice, which the Church should uphold, from mere “regulatory compliance,” which seems the main thing on offer right now from our bishops.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - In times like these when Church reform is so urgent, priests must refocus and re-center their lives more clearly than ever. Through prayer and study every priest must guard his heart and, in so doing be more empowered to help God’s people do the same... Two images come to mind, one of prayer and the other of study, but both of them summon the priest to guard his heart and center his mind on God and what God teaches.
By Jay Scott Newman, First Things - The Empire—in all its forms—is long gone. Christendom is dead. The Church is reeling from grave scandal, and Christians are crying out to heaven for reform and purification. It is time to end the Imperial Episcopate... After the gospel triumphed in the Roman Empire, the Church gradually acquired forms of life borrowed from imperial organization. Many of those forms still serve us well. But over time some of those forms have ceased to make sense and have become impediments to the evangelical freedom of the Church.
By James Risdon, LifeSiteNews - Birmingham Bishop Robert J. Baker condemned the sexual abuse by hundreds of priests outlined in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, stating that the abuse was “predominately homosexual.”.. “We are forced today to face the tragic revelation of scores of accusations of predominately homosexual behavior and abuse,” he wrote in a public letter issued Monday.