National Catholic Reporter
A lay Catholic weekly, bi-weekly during the summer, that contains global up-to-date coverage of news of interest to thinking Catholics.
Bread for the World
A national faith based organization founded to lobby Congress on behalf of the hungry throughout the world.
Road to Recovery, Inc
Road to Recovery, Inc is the initiative of advocates for victims of sexual abuse. Advocacy is two-fold: 1. To provide a path for the healing of victims; 2. To confront perpetrators and those who cover up the sexual assault of minors and vulnerable adult.
A timely Catholic weekly published by the Jesuits. American keeps us up to date on both news and opinion relevant to timely issues and events.
This link will keep 'parishioners-at-large' in touch with current creative liturgy sources and resources that respect a variety of 'traditions' within the Church.
Voice of the Faithful
A 'movement' of lay Catholics 'inspired' by the abuse scandal calling for greater accountability of bishops to 'Catholics in the Pew.'
Survivos' Network for those Abused by Priests or Religious
A National Network of self-help support groups for people abused by clergy or religious.
Vital information about the disclosure of sexual abuse and related issues affecting Catholics in the pew and the manner in which Bishops continue to exempt themselves from accountability
A 'lay' Catholic weekly publication with an accent on an intelligent analysis and commentary on curent issues, trends and concerns of interest to Catholics.
Bill Moyers and Company
A must link for all who desire to be kept informed of the truth about 'truths' communicated by the commercial media and the political pundists who hsve another agenda that makes truth a precious commodity.
+ 5th Week in Lent
We all need a hero and heroine or two.
Readings: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 Response Daniel 3:52-56 John 8:31-34
Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed: ‘Blessed be their God of Shaddrach, Meshack and Abednego: he has sent his angel to rescue his servants who, putting their trust in him, defied the order of the king, and preferred to forfeit their bodies rather than serve or worship any god but their own. [Daniel 3:95]
Who is your hero or heroine? We all have at least one. Perhaps it’s a canonized saint. More likely, it is a relative or friend, alive or dead, who has inspired you to greatness or at least to perseverance in your day-to-day efforts to be faithful to your ideals.
Our heroes and heroines are/were not perfect. Even those who have been canonized were not born saints. Some of them were notorious sinners whose sins and failures became occasions for conversion. And there are no living heroes that do not have an Achilles heal or in the words of St. Paul, “a thorn” to keep them humble.
Martin Luther King was more than a ‘king’ in name. He was a hero and in the mind of many, a saint. But he was not perfect. As he struggled for the freedom, he succumbed to human weakness but in the end he paid the price that comes to martyrs.
There is great sadness when a ‘hero’ falls. The sadness is not that politicians and other prominent leaders including religious leaders have succumbed to moral failure but that they fight so hard to cover up their wrongs.
Jesus is the hero of heroes whose only Achilles heal was his powerlessness in the face of opposition. It was this powerlessness that empowers us to be faithful and not to succumb to the easy way out in deference to titles of honor and monetary rewards that accompany narcissism and idolatry.
Jesus was a true son of Abraham who though tempted in every way possible, remained faithful unto death.
It is only when we are willing to suffer the loss of all in deference to truth and integrity that we in fact gain all.Daily Scripture Archive»
+ 5th Week in Lent
Let the prophets speak.
Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Psalm 18:2-7 John 10:31-42
They fetched stones to stone him, so Jesus said to them, “I have done many good works for you to see, works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?” [John 10:31-32]
It’s curious to me that our Church hierarchy that has taken such a prophetic stand for life is so reluctant to listen to the prophets that have been addressing another life issue – the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by priests and even bishops. I am referring not only to sexual abuse but to physical and psychological abuse. As clear and explicit as the Holy Father has been on the rights of the unborn, why does he allow himself to be protected behind a wall of silence or prevarication and equivocation by those who surround him. Knowing what I know about how the Vatican system works, there is an inconsistency between the moral edicts of every kind it issues and its inability to hold itself accountable to the same moral standards and principles as they pertain to the inner workings of the Church. It is very disheartening indeed. The Pope’s credibility has not been enhanced and it will continue to decline until the full truth is exposed.
Jeremiah was a prophet who spoke to the religious and political leaders of his age without equivocation. He didn’t mince his words and he paid the price.
Jesus was the prophet of prophets who spoke to the religious leaders of his time. He too paid the price.
To listen to Bill Donohue of the Catholic League this morning on the John Gambling show as he went on his usual tirade about the New York Times and its attempt to depose the Pope (his opinion) as it exposed the truth of what has been taking place in our Church was another example of how easy it is to shoot the messenger. He suggested that the problem of abuse is worse in the public school system and just as bad among orthodox Jews. His words were sickening.
Hmmm, I remember my mom’s response when I used to defend my wrongdoings to my mom by saying “everyone else is doing it… “ etc. “Well, you are not everyone else!” Do we not hold ourselves to a higher standard? Is there not a real story there when a Church that claims to be the ‘true church’ of Jesus Christ is unable to handle full disclosure of the truth?
Once again, the mantra shouts from the heavens: “There will be no healing until there is justice; no justice without the full truth; no truth without full accountability.”
The Pope’s apology during his visit to the United States rang hallow and his latest apology is no better.
None of the five communications that I have addressed to Rome: Two to the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy, One to Pope John Paul’s personal priest secretary, one to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when he was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one (hand delivered) to Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (successor to Benedict XVI), and numerous communications to Archbishop Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, were ever acknowledged.
I have been involved as an advocate in a case involving substantial allegations against a prominent priest of the Archdiocese of New York. The case has been pending for over six years without a response from Rome.
There is a serious cancer in the system and it is not going to disappear. I have known from the outset that this scandal would eventually reach the doors of the Pope.
Integrity within the Catholic hierarchy has sunk to a new low.
Kill Jeremiah, execute Jesus and kill the prophets who speak truth to power. The more things change, the more they remain the same.