Bishops’ Statements on the McCarrick Report

As of this writing, 44 US Bishops have responded to the Vatican’s release of the “McCarrick Report.”  The following is a list, in alphabetical order by diocese/ archdiocese. Albany, Bishop… 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

Shepherds of a Wounded Flock

Stephen considers the experience of U.S. priests during the clergy abuse crisis. “For many of the priests I’ve spoken to, the last year has been a double trial. They have… Read More

U.S. bishops dialogue with abuse survivors in first-of-its-kind gathering

Katie Scott (Catholic Sentinel)- A conference in D.C. brings together clergy abuse survivors and prelates, including Cardinal Sean O’Malley, to speak frankly “as a family where there’s been dysfunction.” Read… Read More

Missouri bishop urges broader approach to help survivors, parishes heal

By Rhina Guidos (CNS)- Bishop Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, MO participated in a national event that brought together more than 12 bishops, including him, and a small group of… Read More

Piecemeal but Concrete Beginnings of Reform

Stephen 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 example of the need… Read More

Miters and Millstones

Stephen 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 have the courage and… Read More

To the Bishops, before their General Assembly (First Things)

By Jayd Henricks- The former executive director of government relations at the USCCB writes to the bishops on the eve of their meeting in Baltimore. He writes from personal observation… Read More

Ask and You Shall Receive?

Stephen 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 Catholics who, already twice-betrayed… Read More

The love that moves the sun (Catholic Philly)

By Archbishop Charles Chaput- The Archbishop of Philadelphia gave a talk on Fides et Ratio less than a month after the grand jury report made national headlines. While not focusing… Read More