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World Mission Sunday and the Reform of the ChurchFather Roger J. Landry

Among the harmful consequences of the multidimensional clergy sexual abuse crisis is the way that it disfigures the face of the Church and impedes the Church's mission. In the best of times, many Catholics ...

Remedying the Corruption Father Roger J. Landry

Over the two last weeks there have been various developments, bad and good, in the clergy sex abuse scandals. It was announced that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is now living a life of prayer and ...

Spiritual Paternity, Anger, Lying and Vulnerable AdultsFather Roger Landry

In the last two weeks there have been ongoing developments in the clergy scandals that erupted with the revelation of the sexual abuse committed by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, widened with the ...

Anchors in the Storm Father Roger J. Landry

I have tried in recent columns to respond to some of the many questions that people have been asking about the scandals that began with the revelations about the predations of former Cardinal Theodore ...

The Reform of the Clergy, Phase IIFather Roger Landry

The sad revelations about the sins of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, involving the sexual abuse of both male minors and seminarians, have brought the Church in the US and beyond to a second phase ...

Priests and marriage preparation Father Roger J. Landry

One of the duties of parish priests is to prepare couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Many priests love this work. Others admit they find parts of it taxing. But almost all parish priests do it, dedicate ...

Approaching the Suicide Surge with Honesty and ResolveFather Roger J. Landry

When suicides happen, most respond with discretion and whispers. Because of shock, shame and a desire to avoid speaking ill of the dead, obituaries use euphemisms about unexpected deaths, and family members ...

The Abortion Exception to the Practice of Discrimination Father Roger J. Landry

In most political and cultural circles, for decades, there has been much talk, passionate action and legal success in the fight against unjust discrimination. Persons are created equal in dignity and ...