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Episcopacy in the Catholic Church

An Outcast Among Organization Men

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

Few are the churchmen who are willing to speak publicly about the root cause of the sex-abuse crisis: the scourge of homosexuality in the priesthood.

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Ecce Papa Franciscus!

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

November 2018

The Pope has convened a summit with the presidents of all bishops’ conferences to discuss ‘protection of minors’ -- in February 2019, months from now!

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Dante’s Divine Comedy & the Viganò Testimony

GUEST COLUMN

Joshua Hren

November 2018

Then as now, opinion makers try to reduce those who testify against Church corruption to resentful reactionaries working out their revenge.

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At Last, a Reckoning?

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

October 2018

Archbishop Viganò has cracked open the Vatican cone of silence and exposed what might be a Church-wide cover-up of McCarrick’s crimes.

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Queen Pin of the Lavender Mafia
September 2018

Many, many priests and bishops knew Theodore McCarrick was a serial molester and yet, somehow, McCarrick got the ultimate appointment to the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., and was elevated to the rank of cardinal.

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The Theological Blurriness of Cardinal Marx
May 2015

German Cardinals Marx and Kasper have implied by their words and actions that national episcopal conferences can form their own doctrinal and pastoral policies apart from Rome and contrary to the Church's universal teaching.

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The Heavyweight Prelate Debate
December 2014

The Synod was part of a larger struggle between two opposing camps, both of which are led by men who've dominated the post-Vatican II ecclesiastical landscape: Joseph Ratzinger and Walter Kasper.

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Cardinal Kasper's Indulgent Accommodation

Stephen J. Kovacs

September 2014

A review of The Gospel of the Family

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As the Tables Turn
May 2014

The shift in the Congregation for Bishops could signal a coming sea change in the type of bishops and priests who are tapped to head American dioceses over the next decade.

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Mahony Unbound

EXILE ON SUNSET BOULEVARD

Charles A. Coulombe

May 2013

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An End to Equivocation?
October 2012

Into the hostile environment of the Archdiocese of San Francisco steps a bishop who leaves no doubt about where he stands on the burning issues facing the Church.

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Shameless Shepherding
January-February 2012

Bishops in Germany have taken an embarrassingly long time to learn that: "We cannot earn money during the week with what we preach against on Sundays."

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Combating Cultural Vandalism: The Scottish Example
November 2011

It's hard not to be impressed by the Scottish bishops' consistent, powerful salvos fired at the Scottish government over same-sex marriage legislation.

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Into the Void
November 2011

One would think that retooling, remarketing, and simplifying the bishops' voting guide would be a priority aimed at enlarging its readership. Unfortunately, it is not.

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Bishops: Think Twice Before Taking Psychiatric Advice!

DUPED BY THE CULTURE OF PSYCHOBABBLE

Cal Samra

November 2010

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Back in the Limelight
July-August 2009

Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland has thrust himself back into the public eye, telling us in his new memoir of his homosexual exploits.

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Cardinal Compromise Strikes Again
September 2007

Cardinal William Levada, head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, goes to bat for sodomites in Soho.

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The Most Equivocal Man In Town
May 2007

According to San Francisco's Archbishop George Niederauer, homosexuality had nothing to do with clergy sex abuse cases.

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The U.S. Bishops Pitch NFP

THE USCCB'S 'MARRIED LOVE & THE GIFT OF LIFE'

John F. Kippley

March 2007

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Nancy Pelosi & Archbishop Wuerl
March 2007

Nancy Pelosi supports abortion, same-sex "marriage," and embryonic stem cell research. And, the Archbishop of Washington supports Nancy Pelosi.

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Wily Guys
October 2006

San Francisco Catholic Charities will continue to allow same-sex parents to adopt children, but they will refer them to another agency.

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The Beat Goes On
October 2006

Why is it that our local Church leaders fail to muster more than soft talk when the very Deposit of Faith is publicly challenged?

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Bishops, Nuncios & Delators

LAST THINGS

Tom Bethell

July/August 2006

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Cardinal Levada Advises Priests to Cover Up Their Homosexuality
May 2006

The new Prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith advises that homosexual priests, rather than publicly revealing their 'sexual orientation,' should stay in the closet.

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Panegyrics for Archbishop Niederauer
May 2006

It's amazing when Communist officials have greater wisdom about disordered behavior than does the Archbishop of San Francisco.

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A Heart of Gold
July/August 2005

Despite his bizarre theology, at least Bishop Gumbleton practices what he preaches.

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Reflections on Pope John Paul II's Legacy

THE INTERREGNUM

Tom Bethell

June 2005

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Is It Time to Elect Bishops Again?

GUEST COLUMN

Charles Molineaux

May 2005

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The Present State of the Catholic Church in England

ON CARDINAL HUME

Piers Paul Read

May 2005

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Reflections on the Church Hierarchy

A LOOSE CANNON, ETC.

Tom Bethell

February 2005

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Will Orthodox Catholics Go to Hell?
January 2005

Sounds like it, given what Bishop Thomas Gumbleton says.

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A Bishop With Testosterone
October 2004

Would that all bishops followed the lead of Robert F. Vasa.

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"For Fear of the Jews" (If Only)
June 2004

Bishop Patrick McGrath is not fit to be a bishop.

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Some Questions for the American Bishops

PLEASE EXPLAIN...

William H. Soisson III

November 2002

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"Rembert the Reconciler"
May 2002

Ah yes, Rembert the Compassionate. Rembert the Great Communicator. Yeah, right.

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Episcopal Fundamentalism In the Catholic Church
April 2002

Let's face it. Many Catholic bishops today don't want interference from the Holy See.

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Archbishop Levada: Call Your Office!
March 2002

Bishops are busy men, and no doubt sometimes so busy that they aren't aware of what's being published in their own diocesan papers.

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Who's Teaching the Bishops?
May 2000

...now that the moral theologian Richard A. McCormick, S.J., died.

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God Exists, But Does the Magisterium?
October 1999

How dissent became 'institutionalized' in the Church in America

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Diocesan Vigilance Committees: An Idea Whose Time Has Come Again

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

October 1999

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Lost Shepherds, Vulnerable Sheep

THE NEGLIGENT CATHOLIC HOMILIST

Tom Fath

May 1999

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South Africa's Catholic Bishops: Going Down the Anglican Road

GUEST BOOK

Joanne Sadler Butler

June 1998

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Episcopal Authority: Use It or Lose It

AMBIGUITY IS NO SERVICE TO GOD'S PEOPLE

Fabian Bruskewitz

May 1998

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Needed: Formidable Bishops

TO REPAIR THE CHURCH

George A. Kelly

December 1997

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Contending for the Faith

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

December 1996

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The Shot Heard 'Round the World

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

October 1996

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Down the Old Schism Trail

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

September 1995

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The Waning Credibility of the Mainline Protestant Churches' Social Pronouncements

THE PROBLEMS OF PARTICIPATION, COMPETENCE & THEOLOGICAL RIGOR

R. Bruce Douglass

May 1989

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