Benedict’s Critics Are Not Being Smart Part 3

Part 1: On Concern for Victims  Part 2: Theologizing the Crisis Part 3: Critiquing a theologian for theologizing in the face of a crisis is a cheap shot and a pre-cooked criticism that lends itself to the use of a disdainful punks with no intention of engaging the...

Benedict XVI’s Critics Are Not Being Smart Part 2

Part 1: On Concern for Victims  Part 2: Another common critique of Benedict XVI’s recent essay on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church was that he takes up the crusty sword of theology against the very Now, very Relevant enemy of sexually abusive...

Benedict XVI’s Critics Are Not Being Smart

Part 1: Many stupid things have been said about Pope Benedict’s recent essay on the sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. This is hardly surprising. An ex-Pope launching out a take on one of the most shameful events in Christian history is bound to agitate the...

Against James Martin

Fr. James Martin is a wonderful man and an intelligent scholar and editor, for whom I have the greatest respect. However, he has the unfortunate habit — which we all indulge at some time or another — of reducing the Catholic intellectual tradition to an...

a divided laity

I’ve recently been wrapped in a minor league controversy. I am contributing to a group called Better Church Governance. We are trying to aid the reformation of the Catholic Church hierarchy by researching the connection of our Church leaders with corruption —...