July 24, 2012 |
Several months ago, Kathy Schuck's 15-year-old daughter posed a question that seemed innocuous but that became a call to action. The gist of Ann Schuck's question: Why did girls and women seem to be less important than men in their church, St. Rose of Lima in North Wales? Kathy Schuck, 56, of Blue Bell, said she had long felt women were confined to secondary roles in the Roman Catholic Church, where she did not hear a message of inclusion. The hierarchy and exclusion of the voices of the lay members troubled her, she said.
June 22, 2012 |
Attack on women religious Archbishop Charles J. Chaput wants the faithful to rally to the side of the hierarchy ("Pass voucher bill now — or else," June 14), which has taken action to rein in the leadership body representing 80 percent of U.S. Catholic religious women ("Church's nun attack is ahistorical," Monday). The sisters are in trouble with Rome because they reflect and act on the gospel of Jesus in ways that move outside the lines that the Vatican believes should be observed.
July 26, 2011
By David J. O'Brien Miracles do happen. Who would have believed anyone could topple Irish Catholicism? But masses of Irish Catholics no longer attend church, and those who do have lost confidence in their priests and bishops. The Irish people are finally disengaging the church from its control of education, social services, and public morality. What brutal British occupiers could not accomplish over centuries, Ireland's bishops and their Vatican masters have brought about in little more than a decade.
February 11, 2011 |
Five years ago, Msgr. William Lynn stood before a packed Downingtown church and assured his parishioners "he would never put a child in harm's way. " His congregation responded with a standing ovation, apparently dismissing a grand jury report at the time that Lynn in fact had been a key player in a church policy to protect predator priests by quietly shuffling them from parish to parish, allowing some to abuse again. Thursday, a Philadelphia grand jury accused Lynn of doing just what he had so vigorously denied.
April 2, 2010 |
I'M ALWAYS touched when hostile readers express an interest in my credibility. I take it as a backhanded compliment, an acknowledgment that they read me on such a regular basis that they've come to recognize certain themes in my work. The list would include empathy for the police, antipathy for abortion and apoplexy about the Eagles. And a profound attachment to the Catholic Church, my spiritual home. Which is why I wasn't at all surprised when I received an e-mail from someone who has written before about my "hypocritical" failure to criticize the pope and the faithful: "I'm waiting with bated breath for you to write about the current pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, Christine.
February 12, 2010 |
As the Eagles' organization digs out from the depressing avalanche that buried it on consecutive weekends in Texas to end the 2009 season, there are growing indications that a true sea change is taking place at One NovaCare Way. Whether that change will also lead to a change at the top of the quarterback depth chart - which seems the only real topic of interest - is still unknown and, more interesting, still undecided. Andy Reid, while saying he expected Donovan McNabb to return as quarterback, did hedge a bit, adding that he "hadn't gotten to . . . comparing players, contracts, and everything else," which not only leaves wiggle room on that subject but could herald a second act in Reid's tenure, one in which he can be overruled by a number-crunching consensus in the front office.
May 21, 2009 |
For the first time in more than a decade, the Eagles went to work yesterday without defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. With Johnson taking an indefinite leave of absence Monday as he continues to battle the cancer that has invaded his body, secondary coach Sean McDermott served as the acting defensive coordinator during the Eagles' camp for rookies and selected veterans. The hope, of course, is that Johnson gets well and returns to his duties as soon as possible, but there's a possibility that coach Andy Reid and the Eagles will have to go forward without the mastermind behind their defense this season.
October 11, 2005
Phila.'s shortage of supermarkets is huge failing Speaking of a city "on the rise," where are all the supermarkets in Philadelphia? Every week when my refrigerator starts to become empty I get nervous. I make enough money to live comfortably in the city, yet I have problems feeding myself. There is almost nowhere for me or 1.4 million other people to shop for food. It is as if Philly did not want us around. The city needs more supermarkets. People are moving here from all over, and the value of affordable food both to residents and to development cannot be overestimated.
October 2, 2005 |
From Scituate to Needham, from Gloucester to Salem, 62 parishes across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston have been closed and sold to help raise the $85 million it owes to hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse. But in six other Boston parishes the lights have stayed on, in open defiance of Archbishop Sean O'Malley. Angry at the prospect of seeing their parishes closed - and furious at the abuse and cover-ups that forced the closings - parishioners are camping out in their sanctuaries, holding prayer vigils, and even conducting lay-led services with Communion consecrated by sympathetic priests.
April 16, 2004
I'D LIKE TO thank the Daily News for its "Holy Thursday Mass draws protest" article (April 9). It covered the protest with the dignity that it deserved. On April 8, I handed out materials to priests that illustrated the importance of changing the all-male hierarchy of the Catholic Church during Cardinal Justin Rigali's homily. I did this at the time of the service called the "liturgy of the Word. " There is no more important time to speak the truth. I did it in the cathedral since that is what Jesus did. Jesus spoke the truth in the Temple.