Faith Vatican DispatchMichael J. O’LoughlinOctober 16, 2018
Though the current synod appears to lack the sort of drama and high-stakes debates of the previous two, the role of conscience appears to be a common thread.
Arts & Culture TheaterMichael J. O’LoughlinOctober 12, 2018
"Downstate" poses a number of uncomfortable questions, relevant and challenging both in light of the ongoing #MeToo movement and the church’s continued grappling with its sexual abuse scandal.
Faith NewsMichael J. O’LoughlinOctober 10, 2018
While Cardinal O’Malley is perhaps the highest-ranking church official charged with examining how the church handles allegations of sexual abuse, he does not have jurisdiction over other bishops and the commission he leads does not investigate specific claims.
Faith DispatchesMichael J. O’LoughlinOctober 03, 2018
Calling itself Better Church Governance, the group plans to enlist former F.B.I. agents to investigate cardinals on how they handled allegations of sexual abuse and whether they have remained faithful to their vows.
Faith DispatchesMichael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 25, 2018
While Father Masters enjoys the perks of being a baseball chaplain—watching games when he has the time and even taking batting practice with the pros—he sees his job as a form of ministry.
Faith DispatchesMichael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 18, 2018
Even after revelations about sexual abuse in the church, 79 percent of U.S. Catholics—but only 53 percent of all Americans—hold a favorable view of Pope Francis, according to a Gallup poll.
Resignations, Rome meetings and investigations: A week of major developments in the sexual abuse crisisMichael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 14, 2018
Cardinal Wuerl seeks to resign, the pope announces a global summit, New York’s attorney general opens new investigations and other developments in the sexual abuse crisis.
Faith DispatchesMichael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 11, 2018
While he has defended his record, arguing that he removed priests accused of sexual abuse of minors from ministry in Pittsburgh, the cardinal has previously acknowledged that in other cases, he came up short.
Faith Vatican DispatchMichael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 11, 2018
Pope Francis will meet with three U.S. archbishops on Thursday, Sept. 13, as the church continues to grapple with fallout from sexual abuse scandals.
Faith NewsMichael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 04, 2018
The board wants to close a loophole in church policy that critics say fails to hold bishops accountable when it comes to sexual abuse allegations.