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'We recommit our Church in Boston to work for healing'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Following are the edited prepared remarks of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's address to 1,700 guests at the Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner in Boston, Sept. 18. Last Saturday I gathered with hundreds ...

The sex abuse crisis and Church teachingMichael Pakaluk

Every one of us struggles and is weak; but what matters is how we deal with our weakness. Let's take something trivial and therefore inoffensive. Consider the principle, "Do not eat between meals." (It ...

Chastity and LoveFather Ron Rolheiser

Woe to chastity that is not practiced out of love, but woe to love that excludes chastity. These are the words of Benoit Standaert, a Benedictine monk, and I believe they can be profitably read in our ...

An Ode to the ChurchFather Ron Rolheiser

Carlo Carretto was an Italian monk who died in 1988. For many years he lived as a hermit in the Sahara Desert, translated the scriptures into the Tuareg language, and from the solitude of the desert wrote ...

How to RespondFather Ron Rolheiser

Sometimes all you can do is to put your mouth to the dust and wait. That's a counsel from the Book of Lamentations and while perhaps not the best response to the recent revelations of clerical sexual ...

The Power of a ComplimentFather Ron Rolheiser

Thomas Aquinas once suggested that it's a sin to not give a compliment to someone when it's deserved because by withholding our praise we're depriving that person of the food that he or she needs to live ...

One Catholic ChurchMichael Pakaluk

The headlines last week proclaimed that Pope Francis had changed the Church's teaching on the death penalty, causing consternation among some Catholics. Why? They were reacting not simply to the evident ...

Why I Believe in GodFather Ron Rolheiser

Some of my favorite authors are agnostics, men and women who face life honestly and courageously without faith in a personal God. They're stoics mostly, persons who have made peace with the fact that ...

Standing on New BordersFather Ron Rolheiser

A particularly powerful Gospel story recounts Jesus meeting with a Syro-Phoenician woman. Central to that story is where their encounter takes place. It takes place on the borders of Samaria. For Jesus, ...

Policy needed to address bishops' violations of the vows of celibacyCardinal Sean P. O'Malley

For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's sexual improprieties with several adults and his criminal violations of the sexual ...