Commentaries

Leave the church that abused her? Survivor trusts God to do the healing

Patricia DeStefano is a clergy sexual abuse survivor who, in the midst of painful therapy, discovered God's grace was working without her realizing it. Now she shares her experience of God's love, for all his children.

The truth that set him free

As Greg Erlandson writes, Father Brendan McGuire came to terms with his own abuse by a priest. He knows God will not abandon the Catholic family as we advocate for reform and accountability in a moment of great pain.

Listen to the sound of church reform bubbling up in parishes

The sense of anger among Catholics is underwhelming for CatholicPhilly.com editor Matthew Gambino, yet he senses the beginning of a reform movement in archdiocesan parishes, thanks to the Holy Spirit.

From a woman’s pew, a view of scandals within the scandal

Effie Caldarola is tired of people exploiting conservative or liberal agendas, of woman-excluding patriarchy, of boys-club clericalism. It's not time for Catholics to flee the church but to speak up and fight for it.

Euthanasia supporters tout autonomy of violence

Bobby Schindler details mounting evidence around the world, and coming to the U.S., for the normalization of intentionally killing vulnerable people at any age. Law and medicine are becoming weapons against human life.

As Sacred Heart Home closes, Dominican Sisters recall 88 years of service

Mother Mary Francis of the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters offered remarks at a Mass Aug. 27, just days before the home for patients with incurable cancer closed it doors. She thanked all the home's supporters, and pledged prayers for them.

Getting to know you: Study the past, value loved ones today

The work of Sister Anne Marie Burton, I.H.M., in the Archives of Immaculata University shows her the importance of sitting down with our forbears, courageous people who have wisdom to share.

Thousands of Hispanic Catholic leaders expecting Holy Spirit

Hosffman Ospino predicts that the call to live the Gospel authentically will resound at the "V Encuentro," a national meeting of Latino Catholic ministry taking place in Dallas Sept. 20- 23.

The desert experience: Rediscovering dependence on God

Moises Sandoval revisits his childhood home in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, where faith continues to flourish in a desert infused with God's presence.

Parents are vital to rebuilding the church

By raising their children in the faith, and by living it out themselves, parents can help to heal the wounded body of Christ, writes John Garvey. There's a lot riding on them right now.