The Dispatch

The Paralyzed Church

June 21, 2019 Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille 23

The Church is paralyzed today. Last November’s meeting of the USCCB, the recent papal motu proprio (which I discussed here), and now this month’s USCCB meeting have all demonstrated an exhaustion of episcopal imagination, which […]

Essay

“Uncle Ted” and Me…

May 29, 2019 George Weigel 52

The dossier of correspondence between Theodore McCarrick and various officials of the Holy See, including Pope Francis, recently released by Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, sheds light down the dark alleys of McCarrick’s career, highlighting his relentless […]

Analysis

The Ratzinger Diagnosis  

April 24, 2019 George Weigel 19

Published a week short of his 92nd birthday, Joseph Ratzinger’s essay on the epidemiology of the clergy sex-abuse crisis vividly illustrated his still-unparalleled capacity to incinerate the brain-circuits of various Catholic progressives.  The origins of […]

The Dispatch

Why I am staying Catholic

February 28, 2019 Russell Shaw 31

This column is being written on the eve of a much-publicized summit meeting of bishops from around the world whom Pope Francis has summoned to Rome to discuss the sex abuse scandal but will appear […]

The Dispatch

The Francis-friendly Media

February 25, 2019 William Kilpatrick 17

When the first sex-abuse scandal broke in 2002, the secular media carried a lot of anti-Catholic commentary. Popular columnists such as Maureen Dowd and Christopher Hitchens savaged the Church with gusto. By contrast, media coverage […]