Posts tagged "sex abuse scandal"

Whole Lotta Testosterone

by Mary Valle I don’t think that men and women are the same. I think we have a lot in common, being humans. However, if you look around, you’ll agree that there’s a big difference between us and that difference is testosterone. Skyscapers. The space program, with its great missiles impregnating the silvery, virginal moon. Football....

Misinterpreting the Legacy of the 1960s

Part of The Revealer’s series on the John Jay report, The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010. by Scott Korb For a good part of the past four years, I met every other week with a former Ursuline nun – let’s call her “Josefa” – to talk...

Smear the Pope

Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion at USC and friend of The Revealer, writes at her blog, The Scoop, about criticism The New York Times has received for it's recent story about Pope Benedict's role in covering up sexual abuse in the church:
Critics complain that the Times is out to...

Stuff to Do, Updated

Mary Valle: We here at The Revealer were wondering just who was the "American who taught that Catholics could dissent from church teachings about abortion, birth control and homosexuality" in the Goodstein/Halbfinger article? Who was cited as a special target of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? Laurie Goodstein edified us: good ol' Charles Curran,...

They Had Stuff to Do, Give Them a Break!

Mary Valle: A huge New York Times piece on the Ratzinger-led Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith's role in the "sexual abuse scandal" (or, as I like to call it, Pontifigate) by Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger draws the trail of crumbs ever closer to the Vatican. Indeed, they say "it was Cardinal Ratzinger who might have taken...

The Vatican’s Moral Authority

Tony Crosthwaite writes us with an interesting observation and some history: One wonders if Rome's ongoing invitation for Anglicans to join it is like being welcomed aboard a sinking ship. Everyone can see the Vatican reeling as the scandal of child abuse and cover-up play out on the world stage. That this has weakened the moral...

Sex Scandals: Not Just for Catholics

Elissa Lerner: While the Catholic Church is still up to its eyeballs in its latest sex abuse scandals (most recently, an apology from Swiss clergy and a call from Maureen Dowd for an “inquisition of the Pope”) let’s not forget that sex scandals do not discriminate based on religion. Earlier this month marked the beginning of an investigation into a sex...

Pulp Religion

07 October 2005 A reassigned Catholic priest on a crusade of sexual moralizing, who was found to have child pornography on his computer when police searched his home on the day before he hung himself; an exhuberant, ultra-conservative preacher who embarrassed half of his traditionalist congregation with overly-evangelical praise and enthusiasm when consecrating the host,...