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Archbishop Weakland’s legacy is being whitewashed

I recently watched the movie, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” about the rise and fall of evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. It reminded me that Jim Bakker served five years in prison for defrauding viewers and donors. However, what actually brought him down was the revelation that he had sex with a former church […]

Religion is largely to blame for Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

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We have learned something new and disturbing about France: The Roman Catholic Church has likely abused more than 300,000 French kids since 1950. That’s an average of one child every two hours for 70 years. That’s a staggering rate of abuse, only possible when a lot of bad actors have a lot of possible victims […]

Vatican abuse report is far too little, too late

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It’s becoming a story as old as the church itself: A young sexual assault survivor courageously reports his or her abuser, only to be shunned and abused again, while the abuser escapes punishment and rises in the ranks of the church.

Catholic guilt: A reflection on the familiarity of shame

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This essay marks my official departure from the Catholic Church. The Philadelphia grand jury report was the final straw; I could no longer turn a blind eye to the backward institution of the Catholic Church, upbringing and familial expectations be damned.