Knowing What We’re Up Against as Laity and Clergy

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the need for engaging the laity, both in understanding its role in the crisis, and its possibility to help bring the Church out… Read More

[Cardinal] Wuerl Misread the Crisis; Pope Francis Need Not

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on how some prelates seemed to think that the 2018 crisis was about historic sexual abuse, rather than current mistrust in the honesty and… Read More

Giving Due Process its Due

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the necessity of ensuring justice also for those accused of abuse. “Care for due process and the rule of law is as important… Read More

Piecemeal but Concrete Beginnings of Reform

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about the Holy Father’s acceptance of the resignation of auxiliary Bishop Salazar after alleged “misconduct with a minor.” “The Salazar case is a textbook… Read More

Advent and Reform

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the crisis of 2018 in light of the Advent season. “Christian realism isn’t naivete; it’s the farthest thing from it. And (in another… Read More

Reckoning with the Baltimore Fiasco

Stephen White of Catholic University recounts the surprise announcement from Cardinal DiNardo at the November 2018 General Assembly: that the Holy See requested the USCCB not to move forward on… Read More

Miters and Millstones

Stephen White of Catholic University writes on the vocation of the priesthood, in view of the crisis and the November 2018 General Assembly. “Let’s hope and pray that the bishops… Read More

Much to Lose, Much to Gain

Stephen White of Catholic University looks at the engagement of secular forces to investigate the Church (e.g. Department of Jusice, grand juries). “Of course, the greatest loss for the Church… Read More

For Their Sake and for Ours…

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the Youth Synod, in view of the sexual abuse crisis. “I’ve said before: If reform does not come from and through the pope… Read More

Ask and You Shall Receive? USCCB Trip to Rome

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the seeming failure of the USCCB delegation’s visit to Pope Francis. “Rome seems to have little sense of how demoralizing it is for… Read More

Some Action – Maybe – Starts Today

Stephen White of Catholic University notes the USCCB delegation’s visit to Pope Francis on September 13, 2018. “In the coming weeks and months, this space will be dedicated to just… Read More

The Strange Clericalism of Women’s Ordination

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on how the demand for women’s ordination is a misunderstanding of the nature of vocation and even seems to call into question the universal… Read More