Maciel’s Money

Jason Berry, the first journalist to bring the problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic church (and hierarchical malfeasance) to light in the early 1990s, has written the first of two articles on how Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, bought his way into Roman favor. Berry first exposed the corruption of…

New Archbishop for Los Angeles

The much anticipated announcement of a coadjutor-archbishop of Los Angeles has been made: Cardinal Roger Mahony will be succeeded by Archbishop Jose Gomez, currently in San Antonio. I’m happy for Jose, who is a friend of mine. He was a priest in Houston when I first met him, soon after I arrived in Houston. He…

The Scandal of the Cross

From Religion Clause–Down in the land of Oz, police stopped a passion play because they felt the scenes of a bloody Jesus were “offensive.” They later admitted no laws were broken. Now, this wasn’t being done in a church, or on a church’s property, or as part of a scheduled dramatization–it was done as a…