The latest from Rob Dreher – Sex, Money and Clericalism.

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By ROD DREHER • August 30, 2018, 9:12 PM Sex, Money and Clericalism. Here’s a theory. That’s all it is: a theory. But if I had the investigative resources, I would be looking into it. I learned this week that under John Paul II, there were three people who always showed up at the Vatican with lots of money: Father Marcial Maciel, Cardinal Bernard Law, and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who was made a cardinal by JP2. In 1988, McCarrick helped start the Papal Foundation, which raised money from wealthy American Catholics for the Pope’s favored projects. Last month, theWashington Post reported: “The Papal Foundation was a huge point of leverage for him in terms of going to Rome,” said Steve Schneck, the longtime head of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University. Schneck worked often with McCarrick. “There is not a Catholic organization in the United States he hasn’t raised money for.” …

Bishop Larry Silva Statement on Vignano Testimony

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Letter from Cardinal DiNardo with Introductory Comments by Bishop Larry Silva August 27, 2018 Dear People of the Diocese of Honolulu, We have all been horrified and saddened by the news in the past month or so regarding sexual abuse of clergy – even at the highest ranks – and cover ups of the truth.  I prepared a letter and asked that it be posted today.  Along with the letter is a much lengthier set of my reflections in an attempt to be as transparent about this whole sordid – and complicated — affair as possible. Since I wrote those documents, a testimony was issued on Saturday night, August 25, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, who served as Apostolic Nuncio (the Pope’s official representative) to the United States  from October 2011 until his retirement in April 2016.  In it he alleges a pattern of corruption, naming many high ranking U.S. …

Archbishop Chaput on the Grand Jury Report

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August 17, 2018 Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: On Anger, Grief, and the Future This has been an ugly week: first for the survivors of sex abuse; second, for Catholics across the state; third, for the wider public.  For many, rage is the emotion of choice.  The latest grand jury report is a bitterly painful text.  But rage risks wounding the innocent along with the guilty, and it rarely accomplishes anything good. The Stoics believed that anger is never a healthy thing: It always involves an inhuman appetite to hurt others, and it always poisons the soul.  But this isn’t the Christian view.  The anger Jesus showed toward the Temple moneychangers, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees was not merely acceptable but right and good.  The anger Philadelphians felt toward the Archdiocese after the 2005 and 2011 grand jury reports was likewise well placed and justified. We’ve worked hard to remember the lessons of …

USCCB Statment on President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference and Committee Chairman Response to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference and Committee Chairman Response to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report August 14, 2018 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion.In response to today’s Pennsylvania grand jury report, Cardinal DiNardo joins Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette in Indiana, in issuing the following joint statement. Bishop Doherty is Chairman for the USCCB’s Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. The full statement follows: “The report of the Pennsylvania grand jury again illustrates the pain of those who have been victims of the crime of sexual abuse by individual members of our clergy, and by those who shielded abusers and so facilitated an evil that continued for years or even decades. …