The Amazon Synod is a Sign of the Times, by Douglas FarrowOctober 18, 2019
Pro-Abortion Ford Foundation Major Funder of Key Synod Organizations, by Edward PentinOctober 18, 2019
By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing, Oct. 18, 2019
NOTE: Robert Royal reports again today on events at the Amazon Synod. His latest, “Incoherence in the Amazon,” may be read by clicking here. And all Bob’s reports may be found in the drop-down list under EVENTS above, and you can watch his latest appearance on “The World Over” with Raymond Arroyo by clicking here.
The abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church haunt us, and not just in the United States. No nation with Catholic churches has been spared. True, the worst of the actual crisis – of priests sexually abusing little boys, teens, and young men – appears to be all but over. But have the right lessons been learned? Is the storm over? Or are we simply in the eye of the hurricane?
I have no answer, but Pope Benedict XVI tried to give one in 2005 in his instructions concerning seminary education. We may hope those guidelines are being effectively implemented.
Yet we continue to witness ongoing struggles by victims for justice . . . and more attempts by bishops to avoid accountability, which is why French director François Ozon’s new film, By the Grace of God, remains timely and important.
The virtue of the film is its emphasis on victims, unlike Tom McCarthy’s Oscar-winning American film, Spotlight (2015), where the focus was on the reporters who blew up the sex-abuse cover-up by the Archdiocese of Boston. ….