“Whom to Trust?”

Lee Podles: We have been warned about false Messiahs. As ordinary laity we must to some extent rely on the judgment of those most responsible for the Church, that is, the clergy. They have the time to investigate matters. … When authorities in the Church fail to carry out their important role in discerning the…

Vatican to Study Women Religious

The Vatican has announced it will conduct a “visitation” of women’s religious orders to figure out why they they’ve been in steady decline for 40 years. I can make a suggestion Visit only two: Houston Dominicans (typical of most orders since VC2) and Nashville Dominicans (striking because of its rapid growth, attracting many young women).…

CNS on Maciel

Catholic News Service is very deferential to Legionary spin. In the past, Father Maciel had been accused of sexually abusing young seminarians in the order, accusations that Father Scarafoni said “have never been proven definitively.” Because the Holy See decided against conducting a canonical trial to investigate the allegations, but rather ordered the then-elderly Father…

Space … From My Backyard

We stepped out into the backyard tonight in time to watch the International Space Station flyover. My binoculars weren’t able to show the structure of the solar panels (the weatherman suggested binoculars might), but it was still an impressive show. Not as impressive as a shuttle flyover at night, on its way to land in…

“In God We Trust”

Amy Welborn Dubruiel has posted her late husband Michael’s last column. Eerily, it is about tragedy that strikes faithful people–and the need to trust in God. Michael’s funeral will be in St. Augustine, FL, on Monday.

“Vows of Silence”

Film version of the Jason Berry/Gerald Renner book about Marcial Maciel, Vows of Silence. Webpage. DVD costs $19.99, but you can download the movie in mp4 format for $10.99 here. I downloaded it today. It’s an hour long, followed by interviews with Jason Berry and Gerald Renner, extended versions of interviews with some victims, and…

Evangelism

Here’s a rough mock-up of what I’m thinking about as the logo for our upcoming evangelistic series (March 28-April 11). I got to thinking about the TV show, LOST … why does it resonate? Do people today feel “lost,” as in disconnected, not knowing where they are, searching for a way out, searching for meaning,…

The SSPX Uproar: Who’s to Blame?

Sandro Magister has a very good article on all that has transpired over the past couple of weeks regarding the pope and the SSPX. Both within and outside of the curia, many are blaming the pope for everything. In effect, it was his decision to offer the Lefebvrist bishops a gesture of benevolence. The lifting…

Maciel: Misplaced Outrage

Keith Fournier weighs in on the Maciel matter. I’m not picking on him, but feel the need to make an observation … and it has been building for some time. All these people are now outraged that Maciel had a mistress and fathered some kids and he misused church money. As if this is the…

“The Catholic Bernie Madoff”

That’s how Lee Podles describes Fr. Maciel. I have nothing personal against the Legion, but I wonder why so many wealthy, intelligent people abandon all prudence when dealing with the Legion. Why are these people so na├»ve? John Paul II must bear much of the responsibility Pius XII had deep suspicions about Maciel and it…

Jason Berry on Maciel

Jason Berry, who, together with Gerald Renner, has probably spent more time investigating the Legion of Christ than any other journalist, writes about the latest scandal at NCR. Rumors that the Legionaries had reached new damning conclusions about Maciel have built in recent days, in the wake of confidential meetings the new superior of the…

The Pope’s Problem

The pope’s problem is now magnified. The matter of the SSPX is not just a matter of healing an internal schism, as he imagined. His loving outreach to this hateful, thoroughly antisemitic group, which clings to the core values of intolerance that the Roman Catholic church displayed throughout its 1260 years of domination, has now…