First Things: THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM

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THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM by Shawn R. Tribe 9 . 10 . 18 In “The End of the Imperial Episcopate,” Fr. Jay Scott Newman speculates about the Church’s current situation. One of his premises is that many bishops have become too much like distant managers and administrators, and that this has contributed to today’s problems. He also suggests “the clerical culture in which bishops and priests live is in many ways diseased and deformed, requiring renewal.” I fully agree with Newman on these points. We do not need politicians and administrators. We need bishops who act like bishops: teaching, shepherding, and, when necessary, disciplining like bishops. We need priests who don’t act like camp counselors, committee chairmen, facilitators, or socialites; we need priests who focus on their priestly, liturgical, and sacramental mission. Further, we need religious who remain faithful to the particular charisms of their founders instead of behaving …

Catholic News Service: Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

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Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000 By Robert Duncan and Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service 9.7.2018 2:47 PM ET VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service. Father Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville in New York City, told CNS Sept. 7 that he received the letter dated Oct. 11, 2006, from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the former Vatican substitute for general affairs, asking for information regarding a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark who studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary and was being vetted for a post at a Vatican office. He made the letter available to CNS. http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/letter-confirms-vatican-officials-knew-of-mccarrick-allegations-in-2000.cfm

CNN: Pope Francis can’t afford to remain silent

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Pope Francis can’t afford to remain silent By James A. Gagliano Tue September 4, 2018 (CNN) There’s an old saying that goes: It’s not what you say that matters — it’s what you don’t say. And last week, while on a papal visit to Ireland, Pope Francis was derelict in his duties. Though he acknowledged the latest sex abuse scandal, implicating some 300 priests, as a failure of the Catholic Church, he largely ignored another allegation — one that directly involves him. In an 11-page letter, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused Pope Francis of having been informed of the serial predation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a leading Catholic figure in Washington, in June of 2013, and doing nothing. The Church has found the allegations against McCarrick to be “credible and substantiated.” Cardinal McCarrick has since resigned from his post, although he issued a statement maintaining his innocence. If Vigano’s allegation is …

Bishop of Buffalo ramps up security

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Bishop Malone ramps up security after 7 Eyewitness News obtains secret documents ‘Secret clergy files’ cited in newspaper Charlie Specht WKBW Posted 5:34 PM, Sep 4, 2018 BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – It’s a scene of fear and paranoia inside the Diocese of Buffalo. Monday’s front page story in The Buffalo News centers on Bishop Richard J. Malone’s reaction to a two-part 7 Eyewitness News investigation into Malone’s handling of priests who were accused of sexual abuse and harassment. The stories were based largely on church documents, or what The News called “secret clergy files.” The newspaper reported the disclosure of those documents caused the diocese to post security guards at the doors to its headquarters, change locks, set up a video camera and bring in a computer expert to install encryption software on email accounts. A diocesan lawyer even accused 7 Eyewitness News of hacking church emails — a claim that is false. The newspaper article caused …

Some Historical Notes about Arbp. McCarrick and Cardinal Tobin

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From Whispers in the Loggia SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2016 To Heal Newark, Pope Brings “Big Red” – In Historic Move, Cardinal Tobin Headed for Jersey Post (Ed.: The appointment reported below was formally announced at Roman Noon on Monday, 7 November – the installation is scheduled for Friday, 6 January.) Fifteen years ago this autumn, at the installation of his successor in Newark, the newly-created Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington memorably tipped his red hat to the North Jersey crowd – a gesture intended to say that he owed the scarlet to them. And now, it appears Uncle Ted has fully returned the favor, landing a cardinal to lead the 1.3 million-member fold in its own right. In a watershed decision signaling a new era after the controversial reign of Archbishop John Myers, on Monday the Pope is prepared to name Cardinal-designate Joseph William Tobin CSSR – the 64 year-old archbishop of Indianapolis …

A You Tube Interview with Henry Sire, Author of ‘The Dictator Pope’

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Historian H. J. A. Sire speaks to the ‘National Catholic Register’ about his book ‘The Dictator Pope – The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy.’ First published as an e-book last November, Regnery are to publish it as a hardback on April 23, 2018. The interview was recorded in London on March 26th. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward… https://www.amazon.com/Dictator-Pope-…

Great Article by Fr. Longnecker

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By Father Dwight Longenecker DISCOURAGED CATHOLICS – MAN UP! I know the church news at the moment is pretty grim. Its the summer of shame and all that, but Catholics should buckle up their swords and polish their shields. It has always been a spiritual battle, and warfare is messy and there are casualties and there are innocent victims–collateral damage–as its called. Disappointments are rooted in wrong expectations. When was the last time you read the Old Testament? The whole saga of God’s encounter with mankind is riddled with sin, corruption, immorality, unfaithfulness, betrayal and wickedness. It is interesting to me that I felt called to produce my twenty part podcast series on the history of the Catholic Church last Spring before all this blew up. I wanted to do so because I felt that Catholics needed to know that in every age there have been Triumphs and Tragedies in the …