Crisis Episode 1: 2018 Show Notes

2018 A whirlwind summer: What happened? Revelations about Cardinal McCarrick, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, accusations from a Vatican diplomat, and the perceived tensions between the Holy See and the… Read More

Waiting for the McCarrick Report

The most recent iteration of the clergy sex abuse crisis, centered on former Cardinal McCarrick, remains an open wound in the Church in part because of the delay of the… 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

Don’t Sanitize McCarrick’s Legacy

Stephen considers the removal of former Cardinal 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… 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

The Long Year (Clerical Sex Abuse)

Stephen reviews the timeline of the 2018 clerical sex abuse crisis one year after the revelations about McCarrick. “A year on, we still don’t know what the investigations into McCarrick… Read More

Unfinished Business

In the midst of the clerical abuse crisis, Stephen looks at expectations regarding the June 2019 USCCB General Assembly. “The American bishops could go a long way toward making up… Read More

As Pope Francis hosts summit on abuse, a N.J. priest speaks publicly about how McCarrick allegedly ruined his life (Washington Post)

By Michelle Boorstein- The account of a priest, previously silent, who was abused by McCarrick. Rev. Lauro Sedlmayer says that he told three bishops about the abuse, but nothing was… Read More

McCarrick Abuse Trial: A CNA Timeline

By Michelle La Rosa- A handy reference timeline chronicling the canonical process that ended in McCarrick’s laicization. It covers June 20, the announcement from the Archdiocese of New York to… Read More

The Case of Theodore McCarrick: A Failure of Fraternal Correction (Commonweal)

By Boniface Ramsey- A priest who heard many rumors of McCarrick’s behavior while working at a seminary, Fr. Ramsey wrote to the nuncio (Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo) in 2000 to report… Read More