What does it actually mean for a priest to be 'laicized'?

When reports came out recently about Pope Francis’ decision to modify the penalties for several priests found guilty of abusing minors, the question arose as to whether the Pope was being too merciful in his decision. Another concern was whether priests found guilty of abuse of minors would continue to be dismissed from the clerical… Continue reading What does it actually mean for a priest to be 'laicized'?

How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy forever

When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein recently. Gänswein remains prefect of the Pontifical Household, and he works closely with both Benedict and Pope Francis. The archbishop spoke about Benedict’s pontificate and its wake at a May 20… Continue reading How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy forever

Teen Sex Scandals and Society’s Double Standard

Last week former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to fifteen months in prison. Many people who pay attention to the news casually might think the sentence was related to his sexual abuse of teenagers several decades earlier when he served as a high school football coach. However, since the statute of limitations… Continue reading Teen Sex Scandals and Society’s Double Standard

Australia's most senior Catholic Cardinal Pell says resigning would be an admission of guilt

Cardinal George Pell, one of the highest-ranking officials at the Vatican, acknowledged his fault in the manner he handled the cases of the sexual abuse of minors then in the 1970’s. He expressed his regrets to the Australian Royal Commission into Child Sex-Abuse saying,  “With the experience of 40 years later, certainly I would agree… Continue reading Australia's most senior Catholic Cardinal Pell says resigning would be an admission of guilt

Archbishop John Nienstedt quits position early with Michigan church following protests caused by his presence

Archbishop John Nienstedt who served as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 2008 to 2015 has prematurely quit his temporary position with a parish in Battle Creek, Michigan where he was supposed spend 6 months helping his friend Fr. John Fleckenstein, who has recently experienced health issues following a stir of… Continue reading Archbishop John Nienstedt quits position early with Michigan church following protests caused by his presence