Entries by The Catholic Thing

Is the Vatican Accord with China a Step Forward – or Back?

Ines A. Murzaku: The Sino-Vatican deal on the appointment of bishops, really does resemble, as Pope Francis has suggested, the status quo . . . of the 12th century.  During the in-flight press conference as he was retuning from the Baltic countries, Pope Francis recalled how kings and emperors once controlled bishops’ appointments. He expressed relief […]

“These Vulnerable Creatures”: A Review of “Gosnell”

Brad Miner reviews “Gosnell,” the dramatic film about the arrest and trial of the abortionist who was “America’s Biggest Serial Killer.”  There have been notorious murderers brought down for reasons other than their most horrific crimes. Al Capone, mob boss, was felled by tax evasion; Dr. Kermit Gosnell, abortionist, by illegally selling prescriptions for painkillers. I’d […]

Two New Statements and the Church’s Trust Deficit by Robert Royal

Two statements came out from the Vatican over the weekend, basically during the pause in the Synod for the Sunday observances. Both dealt with the McCarrick case, and were partly a reaction to the constant presence of that case and – indirectly – other abuse cases in synodal conversations about the Church and young people. […]

Rome Failed on McCarrick – and Needs to Change

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek: If the Vatican previously investigated abuse, those results must be shared; if Rome didn’t investigate, we need to know why not. Representatives of the American bishops have now met with Pope Francis to discuss the much-needed investigation of the McCarrick Affair. This is understandable since any process involving the ex-cardinal and […]

VIDEO: Persecuted Christians Keep the Faith – and Are Ignored by Those Who Don’t

James Kilpatrick on a new film, Faithkeepers, that documents the plight of Christian families under Muslim rule. Why wasn’t it shown at WMOF2018? Faithkeepers trailer: Imagine that you find an envelope outside your door. In it are six bullets and a note: “With these six bullets we will kill you and your family.”  Imagine that a few days […]

Trust: U.S. bishops appear to await their November annual meeting to craft a new sex-abuse policy.

Robert Royal writes that most U.S. bishops appear to await their November annual meeting to craft a new sex-abuse policy. But we can’t wait months.  I came across an advertisement for a financial institution recently that, sad to say, displayed more wisdom than we usually find today among many people, including many Catholics: “Trust is binary. […]

Weathering the Storm — The Catholic Church in Crisis

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, STD on our current crisis: With Christ we can tolerate mistaken or wicked popes, cardinals, bishops, priests, religious, and lay people. Note: Many people write asking: What are we supposed to do amidst all the turmoil in the Church and the world at the moment? Fr. Vaverek provides a no-nonsense, bracing answer below. […]

For the ‘Sake of the Church’ — Drain the Swamp of Clerics who Commit Sexual Sins

Brad Miner hopes the McCarrick scandal will benefit the Church. It’s time to drain the swamp of clerics who commit sexual sins, priests and bishops alike.  A prediction: The McCarrick revelations will turn out to be a good thing. How so? Well, a part of the priest sex-abuse fairy tale is the cover-up.  We know this – and that the […]

Understanding Our Secular Era

Matthew Hanley on the philosopher del Noce’s analysis of modernism: any thought pertaining to divinity in man is deemed meaningless and irrelevant. When previously on this site I wrote about the first book translated into English by the Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce (d. 1989), I wanted to include his almost offhand remark: “There is no family if […]

The Courage of Our Convictions

Nicholas Senz writes that soon civil society won’t just reject Catholic teaching; it may feel compelled to silence and squash the Church itself. One of my favorite scenes in the movie Becket (if one can single out a thread from that masterpiece) is the moment when the eponymous archbishop is confronted by King Henry’s lieutenants, who try to […]