The Catholic Register: Bishop urges Catholics to fight, not flee

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Bob Brehl: Bishop urges Catholics to fight, not flee BY ROBERT BREHL September 6, 2018 Amidst the sexual abuse scandals involving Catholic priests around the world — in particular the revolting crimes of 301 Pennsylvania priests over 70 years unearthed in an August grand jury report — a prominent U.S. bishop is calling for the laity to stay and fight, not abandon the Church. In a passionate YouTube commentary, Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, says he understands why people are vacating the pews and saying “enough is enough” as they leave the Church. “The feelings of anger and frustration, I share them … I get it, I get it,” Barron says. “But can I also suggest that this is precisely the wrong strategy at this moment in the Church’s life. Leaving is not what we ought to be doing. What we ought to be doing is fighting.” He …

Word on Fire Blog: Elizabeth Scalia “Digging My Heels Into Light: Why I Won’t Leave the Church”

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DIGGING MY HEELS INTO LIGHT: WHY I WON’T LEAVE THE CHURCH by Elizabeth ScaliaSeptember 06, 2018 The question has been put to me again and again. Ever since the stories of child sex abuse broke out of Boston in 2002 and threw the Catholic Church headlong into an ongoing and painful Lent, people have asked me: “Why are you still a Catholic?” Over the course of this summer, in the wake of revelations about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s criminal abuse of minors and his longstanding sexual exploitation of seminarians, the soul-shattering Grand Jury report out of Pennsylvania, and the ugly, repellently partisan sniping among Catholics (both clerical and lay) over the controversial and still-unresolved testimonio of a former papal nuncio to the United States, the question has been asked more frequently and with growing urgency: “Why are you still part of this Church, so beset by ecclesial politics, run by …

Catholic Herald: The Church’s renewal starts with the Eucharist

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The Church’s renewal starts with the Eucharist The Rt Rev Mark Davies is the Bishop of Shrewsbury. This is an edited version of his address at the Evangelium Conference at The Oratory School near Reading.  This article first appeared in the September 7 2018 issue of the Catholic Herald. SexAmid the darkness in the world and the Church, there is one constant source of light It is hard to imagine a more pressing priority than renewing faith in the Holy Eucharist. Every generation since the Ascension has viewed its times with urgency. This is the unchanging perspective of those who realize these are “the last days” of human history between Christ’s first coming and His glorious return. No generation has been mistaken in recognizing the shadows of the latter times, whether in the mysterious figure of the Antichrist or in the apostasy which will be the Church’s ultimate trial. I …