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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Aug. 21 ruling against Cardinal George Pell is catastrophic on multiple levels.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Whatever the outcome of his appeal against his own conviction, historically he pioneered many reforms now in effect in how bishops address this issue.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Holy Father’s letter to priests is explicitly about the abuse crisis, but it also serves as an epilogue to the Year for Priests convoked by Benedict XVI.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The project also reflects a renewed sense of mission for the Diocese of Orange, California.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Very few things are truly unprecedented in the life of the Church, but a Catholic cathedral built inside of a former Protestant church is one of them.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The working document for the Pan-Amazonian synod, and two other recently released documents, suggest that environmental policies will be treated as magisterial matters.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: There are burdens, often undeserved, that accompany every path in life. The priesthood is no exception, and the burdens of our life are not without blessings.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: According to prosecutors, the very implausibility of the cardinal’s alleged crimes is an indication of their truth.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: If Fulton Sheen had known that being buried in Peoria rather than New York would be advantageous for his own beatification, what would he have decided?
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The pope emeritus’ essay invites examination of three particular causes of the sex-abuse problem that has plagued the Church.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: As the pope emeritus has found time and again, when everything unimaginable is before us, the only path back is back to God, revealed in Jesus Christ.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The dominant pastoral advice of Christus Vivit concerns mistakes to avoid rather than indications of paths to pursue.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The February summit of bishops at the Vatican signaled a turning point in how the Church is framing sexual abuse.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Holy Father’s choices have been much less impactful than the diverse range of Church luminaries St. John Paul II appointed early in his own papacy.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Commentators across the political and ecclesiastical spectrum have found the prosecution of Cardinal Pell to be an obvious injustice.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Now that the suppression order has been lifted, we are free to state what has been evident for several years now.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Feb. 21-24 meeting takes the view that bishops who think as the Pope wishes them to think about their role as shepherds will then do the right thing in tackling sex abuse.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Church in Germany has heavily influenced the post-conciliar era at the Vatican, most notably during the current German-friendly pontificate of Pope Francis.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The new Muslim-Catholic joint document takes up Benedict’s earlier assertion that religious believers — despite theological conflicts — can contend together for the place of God in our common life.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: That new culture has achieved a lot of good. But it makes things worse for the falsely accused.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: When some observers charge that nothing has changed in how the Church deals with sexual abuse, consider how quickly and smoothly Cardinal Wuerl ceased to be seen in public.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Chilean bishops’ visit to Rome demonstrated the newfound willingness of bishops to push back publicly against objectionable actions.
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Father Raymond j. de Souza
COMMENTARY: While important details of the story are still emerging, there are a number of points that this high-profile priest’s case underscores.
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COMMENTARY: The life and service of the late shepherd of the Diocese of Madison tracked in an unusual way the ecclesial shifts of his era.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: While the annual gathering fell short, it may in fact have signaled a critical turning point on the road to reform.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Building on the day of prayer and reflection at this year’s fall assembly of the U.S. bishops, might the ‘Crisis of 2018’ prompt salutary shift away from a corporate model of episcopal leadership?
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis desires a ‘poor Church for the poor,’ but in his papacy it’s the wealthy German Church that holds a privileged position.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Like the new Latin-American saint, the Holy Father has chosen not to respond directly to harsh criticism.