Sexual-abuse Crisis

Myth-busters

From the beginning, armchair social-scientists have floated any number of explanations for the Catholic Church’s sexual-abuse crisis. Conservatives blamed gay men....

The Fog of Scandal

Eight years ago, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua asked me to join the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s sexual-abuse review board, which he was putting together to help him...

Gifts without a Giver

One of the stories that came out of the Tucson tragedy is that the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, in a prior public meeting in 2007, had asked Congresswoman...

‘Society Men’: An exchange

Grown-Up Men Barry Gault’s article “Society Men” (April 22) raises thoughtful questions. Does Catholic priesthood, as it is actually lived today, promote certain...

Fabricating Bernardin

Few tools in the historian’s kit are as fundamental as periodization. By naming distinct stretches of time, historians give shape to history’s flow: the Dark Ages,...

Another Long Lent

In February, three Philadelphia priests were indicted for sexual abuse, and their former vicar for clergy was charged with child endangerment. Perhaps more...

Loose Canons

We need less “back story” and more openness. If there’s anything we can say with certainty about the sex abuse crisis, it’s that secrecy does more harm than good.

Where There Is Injury

Joseph P. Chinnici is a Franciscan priest, historian (doctorate from Oxford in modern church history), teacher (Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union since 1975),...

The Scandal of Secrecy

A closer look at both the secret text of the Vatican regarding clerical crimes of solicitation and the confusing lack of authority in dealing with these crimes.

The Peril of Vehemence

In her new book, Susan A. Clancy offers a powerful and unsettling message about childhood sexual abuse in the United States. The Trauma Myth is a scathing attack on...

Who Is Benedict XVI?

History & Mystery: John C. Cavadini reviews the second volume of Benedict XVI's Jesus of NazarethRatzinger at Vatican II, by John WilkinsBenedict in the Dock,...

Labyrinth

The priest, Fr. Monaghan, sat in his office listening to the clock. The office was a small and windowless room behind the auditorium, cluttered with books and...
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Book Reviews

When in Rome...

March 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Gifts without a Giver

May 5, 2011 | 0 comments

Where There Is Injury

December 12, 2010 | 0 comments

The Peril of Vehemence

June 6, 2010 | 0 comments