• Church is at a tipping point, says former Irish president
    DUBLIN – Just a few days before Pope Francis’s visit to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, a former Irish president promised to challenge the Catholic Church’s “skewed ideology” on human sexuality and same-sex couples. “The Church must accept and exercise responsibility for the damage it causes to our ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Irish abuse survivor wants an action plan from the pope, not an apology
    DUBLIN­­ – As Pope Francis heads to Dublin this coming weekend to close a World Meeting of Families that begins Wednesday, much of the attention has been on how he’ll tackle the clerical sexual abuse crisis, which has scarred the local Church here arguably like nowhere else in the world. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Ahead of seeing a lot, Dublin sees ‘A Little Bit of Francis’ in play
    BALLSGROVE, Ireland — At Holy Family Parish in the Irish town of Drogheda, final rehearsals are underway for their musical production of “A Little Bit of Francis,” which will be presented in Dublin during this week’s World Meeting of Families. For years now, musical theater has been one of the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Accountability for abuse cover-ups may be acid test for pope’s Irish trip
    DUBLIN – When a vast clerical sexual abuse scandal erupted in Ireland in 2009/2010, Pope Benedict wrote an open letter to Irish Catholics, the highlight of which was his direct apology to victims and survivors: “You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry,” he wrote. However heartfelt it was, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Capuchins at Dublin homeless center say Pope Francis comes ‘as a brother’
    DUBLIN — Just hours after landing in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, the “pope of the poor” will pay a visit to Dublin’s neediest population where he’ll be welcomed into a very special family, one that holds special weight in his vision of the Church’s role in the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris
  • Abuse victims say they felt hurt by ordinary Catholics’ lack of compassion
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual priests, but by Church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with intolerance and indifference. Four survivors of sexual assaults by priests shared their stories with Catholic News Service. They are: Jim VanSickle and Mike McDonnell ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Zita Ballinger Fletcher
  • ‘We didn’t have food,’ say Venezuelan families at Colombian shelter
    BOGOTA, Colombia — Asiangelis Guevara sat at the dining room table at a shelter for migrants, sipping hot chocolate, holding her year-old son and encouraging him to eat a piece of bread. He gripped the food, but just stared back at her while her two daughters, ages 3 and 5, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Barbara Fraser
  • Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests
    NEW YORK — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are calling for a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that they are believed ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy David Crary
  • Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, pope says
    ROME — By receiving the Eucharist at Mass, Christians are given Christ’s same spirit and a taste of eternal life, Pope Francis said. “Every time that we participate in the Holy Mass, we hasten heaven on earth in a certain sense because from the eucharistic food — the body and ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Junno Arocho Esteves
  • Pope vows accountability for sex abuse cover-ups but offers no new specifics
    DUBLIN – In a forceful letter just ahead of his Aug. 25-26 trip to Ireland, and just after a blistering Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on sex abuse crimes and cover-ups in six dioceses, Pope Francis wrote Monday “no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Bishop: Church today ‘not the church’ of grand jury report
    PITTSBURGH — The bishop of Pittsburgh’s Catholic diocese pushed back against a call for his resignation and said the diocese has “followed every single step” needed for responsible action after allegations of child sexual abuse. Bishop David Zubik spoke Sunday to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” following the Tuesday ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Catholics consider withholding donations amid scandals
    For decades, Michael Drweiga has opened his wallet whenever the donation basket comes around at church, but the latest revelations of priests sexually abusing children brought him to the conclusion that he can no longer justify giving. Brice Sokolowski helps small Catholic nonprofits and churches raise money, but he too ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Ivan Moreno and Jeff Karoub
  • Marathon-running bishop says Pope ‘can’t not’ tackle abuse crisis in Ireland
    DERRY, Northern Ireland – Above all, leading a Catholic community in a place scarred by 30 years of sectarian violence and, more recently, by one of the world’s most atrocious clerical sexual abuse scandals, requires stamina. Perhaps that’s why in 2014 Pope Francis chose Bishop Donal McKeown to lead the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Choir leader singing for two popes in Ireland 40 years apart says it’s ‘awesome’
    KILLINEER, Ireland — When Pope John Paul II made the decision not to travel to Northern Ireland during his 1979 papal visit due to security concerns, it fell to a farmer in the diocese of Armagh to offer his land to play host to an expected 30,000 attendees that were ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Grand Jury puts Wuerl’s Pittsburgh record under a microscope
    DUBLIN — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., made waves over the weekend when he announced his withdrawal from the World Meeting of Families in Ireland after a Pennsylvania grand jury report asserting that despite some positive efforts, Wuerl had mishandled several abuse cases while serving as Bishop of Pittsburgh ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris