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The Paradigm for Bishop-Led Church ReformFather Roger J. Landry

The bishops of the United States are in Baltimore this week for their annual Fall meeting, but this year's reunion is anything but routine. It will be focused fundamentally, with prayer, penance, and ...

World Mission Sunday and the Reform of the Church Father 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 CorruptionFather 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 Adults Father 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 StormFather 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 II Father 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 preparationFather 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 Resolve Father 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 ...