Our Deeper Task

Stephen White reflects on the current situation in America; a state of seeming confusion about who we are. “We need the Church now, as ever, to help remind us of… Read More

Are These Not My People?

Stephen White reflects on the current unrest and racial tensions in the U.S. in light of the Gospel and the USCCB pastoral document on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts” “As… Read More

Catholic Schools and the Common Good

Stephen White reflects on what is unique about Catholic schools in America. “At their best, Catholic schools teach young people to see the world in the light of the greatest… Read More

The Gift of JPII

Stephen reflects on the 100th Anniversary of Karol Wojtyla’s birth. “The Church should not be afraid to take an unflinching look (with all the humility appropriate to those who would… Read More

Credit, Where Its Due

Stephen considers the tension between action and patience in view of the wait for the McCarrick report and the coronavirus. “Waiting patiently (or impatiently, as the case may be) has… Read More

Pell Case Quashed – McCarrick Report Still Pending

Stephen writes on Cardinal Pell’s release from prison in Australia and the continued expectation of the McCarrick report from Rome. “For too long the Church reflexively stood with those it… Read More

False Allegations are Rare – And Real

Stephen reflects on the duty to assess the credibility of an abuse claim, and sometimes the difficulties in doing so. “Perhaps the stickiest cases are the truly ambiguous ones. What… Read More

Trauma and Taboo

Stephen looks at how the Church is often better equipped to help sinner than those who are wounded by the sin. “We have a whole sacrament devoted to forgiving sins… Read More

Don’t Sanitize McCarrick’s Legacy

Stephen considers the removal of McCarrick’s coat of arms from the wall at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. “There are many reasons one might want McCarrick’s legacy scrubbed from… Read More

What to Watch for in the New Year

Stephen reviews some of the Church news the faithful expect to see in 2020, such as the McCarrick Report. “Undoubtedly, the new year will bring its share of surprises.” Little… Read More

A Changing Church

Stephen looks at the high number of priests who are responding, “No, thank you” to the call to become a bishop. “Many of our bishops find themselves in an almost… Read More

The Cross Over the Manger

Stephen reflects on the inevitability of the cross in the Christian life. “All our efforts at justice are insufficient. All our attempts to make whole what was broken by sin… Read More