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@rpollittsj  @Romulus504Y  @rpollittou  are also unconcerned, Fr , @rpollittsjby  the Pope’s support for the China regime, which is using the Vatican to eviscerate Catholicism. Priests are required to acknowledge the Party before Jesus. Francis is silent on this and other horrors. And you, ? @rpollittsj 

Former Pope Benedict XVI, who once welcomed married Anglican priests who converted to Catholicism, allowing them to become Catholic priests while remaining married, appears now to have taken a harder line in supporting celibacy.

“The church at times can be frustrating,” said a woman who had once turned away from Catholicism. But she added, “People are people. Priests are people, too. There are those who are faithful and there are those who maybe struggle somehow.”

Roman Catholic dioceses have shared the names of hundreds of priests who were credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Still, thousands of people in the New York area alone converted to Catholicism this year.

New this issue: Thousands upon thousands of priests are closeted, and the Vatican’s failure to reckon honestly with their sexuality has created a crisis for all of Catholicism, by  

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Very tellling story in the Times about a village that won’t put up with Anglo-Catholic opposition to women priests. Anglo-Catholicism never took root in rural England and is now just a historical anomaly.

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Juliette Robert set out to photograph women priests and bishops, who signified a powerful contrast to the conservative Catholicism she had known

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Juliette Robert set out to photograph women priests and bishops, who signified a powerful contrast to the conservative Catholicism she had known

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Juliette Robert set out to photograph women priests and bishops, who signified a powerful contrast to the conservative Catholicism she had known

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Juliette Robert set out to photograph women priests and bishops, who signified a powerful contrast to the conservative Catholicism she had known

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"If Catholicism’s fortunes weren’t inextricably tied to its cardinals and priests and popes, it would be something other than itself" My new essay in on the problem of bad clerics:

1/ is looking to hear from Catholic listeners with opinions on the report about abusive priests in Pennsylvania — specifically how the report has affected your views on Catholicism or how you practice your faith.

The Church’s problem is not merely with misfit priests and their protectors but with the entire way that Roman Catholicism has long defined its ethic of sex:

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The Church’s problem is not merely with misfit priests and their protectors but with the entire way that Roman Catholicism has long defined its ethic of sex:

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Everyone in the “everyone knows” orbit — not just journalists covering Catholicism, but bishops and priests and church officials — must make it as easy as possible for sexual abuse stories to be told.

#UPDATE  US Cardinal Bernard Law, a once-senior figure forced to resign after revelations he failed to stop paedophile priests in one of the biggest crises in American Catholicism, dies after a long illness

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