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Why Remain Catholic? (With So Much Scandal)

Friends, in light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight—not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.

¿Por Qué Seguir Siendo Católico? (A Pesar De Tanto Escándalo)

Amigos, a la luz de los recientes escándalos, sé que muchas personas se preguntan si deberían permanecer en la Iglesia Católica. Y lo entiendo totalmente; la indignación está justificada. Pero en este momento de crisis, te ruego que no huyas, sino que luches—no violentamente, con las armas del mundo, sino con las armas del Espíritu. Te necesitamos.

Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Friends, many of you have asked for my thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò. We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next. I shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but I thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's statement just released, which I wholly support. Please watch our discussion or read the transcript, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mass Schedule

q2z9bvb5xew5zoqcfbjuqcuzpol.jpgThe Mass Schedule for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is as follows:

Tuesday, August 14th
5:30pm - St. Aloysius, Olivia
*7:00pm - St. John's, Hector
Wednesday, August 15th
9:00am - St. Mary, Bird Island
7:00pm - Holy Redeemer, Renville
*Please note that the 7:00pm Mass time is a change from what is listed in the bulletin. Mass at St. John's in Hector will be at 7pm.

The McCarrick Mess

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil one was the clerical sex abuse scandal of the nineties and the early aughts. I say this because that awful crisis just seemed too thought-through, too well-coordinated, to be simply the result of chance or wicked human choice. The devil is characterized as “the enemy of the human race” and particularly the enemy of the Church. I challenge anyone to come up with a more devastatingly effective strategy for attacking the mystical body of Christ than the abuse of children and young people by priests. This sin had countless direct victims of course, but it also crippled the Church financially, undercut vocations, caused people to lose confidence in Christianity, dramatically compromised attempts at evangelization, etc., etc. It was a diabolical masterpiece.

El Desastre McCarrick

Cuando estaba en la escuela, el diablo se nos presentaba como un mito, como un artificio literario, una manera simbólica para explicar la presencia del mal en el mundo. Admito haber asumido en gran medida esta visión y haber perdido de vista que el diablo es una persona espiritual real. Lo que sacudió mi escepticismo sobre el maligno fueron los escándalos sexuales del clero de los noventa y a principios del dos mil. Digo esto porque esta horrible crisis parecía demasiado bien pensada y coordinada como para ser el simple fruto del azar o de elecciones malvadas del hombre. El diablo ha sido caracterizado como “el enemigo de la raza humana” y particularmente como el enemigo de la Iglesia. Reto a cualquiera a idear una estrategia más devastadoramente efectiva para atacar al cuerpo místico de Cristo, que el abuso de niños y jóvenes por parte de sacerdotes. Esta claro que este pecado tiene incontables víctimas directas, pero también ha destruido las finanzas de la Iglesia, ha disminuido las vocaciones, conseguido que muchos pierdan su confianza en el cristianismo, comprometido dramáticamente los esfuerzos de evangelización, etc. Toda una obra maestra del diablo.

Why Accompaniment Involves Apologetics

I recently granted an interview to the National Catholic Reporter concerning the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to which I was elected a delegate. In the course of the conversation, I stated that I would bring the issue of apologetics before the Synod, since so many young people have questions about, and objections to, the faith. But when the interview appeared, the author expressed her puzzlement that I would mention apologetics, though it is clear that the working document calls for “accompaniment” of young people. It seems many think doing apologetics and accompaniment are mutually exclusive. To my mind, they’re mutually implicative.

Por Qué Acompañar Implica Apologética

Recientemente concedí una entrevista al National Catholic Reporter acerca del Sínodo sobre los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional que se avecina, y del cual he sido elegido delegado. A lo largo de la conversación, afirmé que sacaré el tema de la apologética ante el Sínodo, pues muchos jóvenes tienen preguntas y objeciones sobre la fe. Pero cuando la entrevista apareció, el autor se mostraba asombrado de que yo mencionara el tema de la apologética, a pesar de que el documento preparatorio del Sínodo hiciera una llamada clara al “acompañamiento” de la gente joven. Al parecer muchos piensan que acompañar y hacer apologética son caminos mutuamente excluyentes. A mi modo de ver se implican mutuamente.

All Sinners Are Welcome!

While I was in central Georgia, filming the Flannery O’Connor episode of my Pivotal Players series, I saw a sign on the outside of a church, which would have delighted the famously prickly Catholic author: “All Sinners Are Welcome!” I thought it was a wonderfully Christian spin on the etiquette of welcome that is so pervasive in our culture today. In a time of almost complete ethical relativism, the one value that everyone seems to accept is inclusivity, and the only disvalue that everyone seems to abhor is exclusivity. What I especially liked about the sign in Georgia was that it compels us to make some distinctions and think a bit more precisely about this contemporary moral consensus.