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Why Isn’t Laicization More Public?

Many years ago, I flew to Chicago and drove a few of hours to attend a friend’s ordination to the priesthood.  I considered Chris[1] the best person I had ever… Read More

Speaking of the Synod

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the synod preparatory document released this week. “Why then don’t our shepherds speak and write in a way that is recognizably Christian! When… Read More

Producing the Podcast Crisis as a Catholic

This piece includes discussion of sexual abuse and suicide. Jay Lemberger is the victim who stays with me. He died by suicide before the priest who abused him was brought… Read More

What Ever Happened to the “Lay Moment”?

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the promise and challenge of Lumen Gentium: “By our Baptism, we are all commissioned to proclaim the Gospel – the laity no less… Read More

Victim Assistance Coordinator Interview: Laura Gottsponer, Little Rock

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Have you always been Catholic? Do you have a family? Where did you go to school?  I live in Morrilton, Arkansas, but… Read More

Good as New

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the human experience of change and decline. “Our salvation is not a restoration, a reversal of corruption or weakness or mortality. Our destiny… Read More

What’s Done in Darkness Will Come to Light

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the controversy surrounding the revelations that Msgr. Burrill, former General Secretary of the USCCB, was using a “hook-up” app while handling the sexual… Read More

Synodality is what you make of it

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the concept of synodality as the Church prepares for the “synod on the synod.” “Concerns about the pitfalls or potential abuses of synodality… Read More

In Polish abuse report, numbers don’t tell the whole story

Stephen White of Catholic University analyzes the Polish abuse report. “There is reason to believe the report’s numbers are artificially low, and the report doesn’t discuss bishops sanctioned or under… Read More

Our Indefensible, Unsustainable Status Quo

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the recent conversation among the bishops regarding the Eucharist: “Now, questions about ‘Eucharistic consistency’ and Communion for politicians who oppose Church teaching are… Read More

Language Barriers

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the unintended consequences of Mass in the vernacular. “Mass in the vernacular can create a deep separation, based on language, between Catholic communities… Read More

Victim Assistance Coordinator Interview: Sylvia Palda, Orange

This month’s interview is with Sylvia Palda of the Diocese of Orange in California. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Have you always been Catholic? Do you have… Read More