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Pricey Tickets, Cranky Citizens, and Priests Behind Bars as Philadelphia Prepares For Papal Visit

…ct XXVI knew exactly what he was doing when he announced in June 2012 that Philadelphia would get the 2015 WMOF—the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has suffered from poor management for years and the now-emeritus Pope was trying to get Philly Catholics off life support. Sex abuse scandals, two grand jury investigations, the imprisonment of a archdiocesan administrator, financial mismanagement, and the closure of Catholic schools have contributed to th…

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Days of Reckoning for the Philadelphia Archdiocese

…round for sex at church summer camp, there is no doubt that Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been anything but a holy place. The evils that were allowed to occur and were hidden under the tenure of Cardinals Bevilaqua and Rigali in Philadelphia reads like a catalog of sexual abuse.  Unbelievably, this is only the second week of testimony. Who knows what fresh hell is waiting to be revealed from the thousands of records the Archdiocese had to produc…

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Crisis in Philly: Trial Date Nears for Priests Indicted in Sex Abuse Scandal

…cases, four civil suits have been filed so far against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s case may be harrowing, but I suspect it is not unique. It is very clear that the first round of trials did not clean up every diocese. The work of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People clearly has not taken complete hold in the American church. In a statement on March 24, the…

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Gingrich Downplays Adelson Money, Stokes Fear of “Second Holocaust” at Florida Church

…orsement of Herman Cain, and Santorum cancelled Sunday’s campaign stops in Florida after his daughter Bella was hospitalized.) Organizers said they had distributed 1,800 tickets, and the pews in the church were nearly full, with several hundred, if not nearly a thousand people in attendance. Gingrich was the only candidate to appear; Staver, the “forum’s” moderator took pains to point out that they had invited the other candidates. Santorum and Ro…

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Trump, Islamophobia, and the Philly Pig’s Head Incident

…to hold a public mass. Despite the noble principles of the city’s founder, Philadelphia often struggled with religious diversity. In the 1830s and 40s, Irish Catholics poured into Philadelphia and other American cities. (Patricia Miller just wrote about the anti-Catholic backlash that occurred in Baltimore in the 1830s here on RD.) Prominent civic leaders were suspicious that these new immigrants gave their allegiance not to the president of the U…

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Why Build a Mormon Complex in Philly?

…alues. Mormons identify with the Republican party at a rate of 80%, but in Philadelphia Democrats outnumber Republicans 7 to 1. The church’s stance in opposing same-sex marriage in particular will be unappealing to many of Philadelphia’s millennials. Time will tell if experiments in Mormon urbanism will spark a surge of enthusiasm among millennials, but the odds are against them. Still, just in case it doesn’t work out, the LDS church is including…

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The Key to Understanding the Federalist Society Isn’t Originalism — It’s This 800-Year Old Tradition

…notions of “human dignity” and “human flourishing,” Catholic natural law—an 800-year-old tradition dating back to Thomas Aquinas—is a lens that offers utter clarity to conservative Catholic jurists, activists, policymakers, and scholars as they observe, describe, and engage the world. The power and sharpness of this lens allow them to confidently snap every human movement—every human desire and motive and act—into its divinely appointed and proper…

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Mile-High Identity Politics: What We Can Learn From the Same-Sex Seating Controversy

…, not the fourth century … You’re not free to practice your religion in my airline seat.’ ‘This is male entitlement .. the height of male arrogance.’ One comment referred to this as a ‘back of the bus’ issue; as in, women being asked to move in such circumstances was tantamount to assigning them a lesser status as citizens and lower dignity as human beings. Other readers proposed that airlines set aside special seating for men requiring such accom…

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As Florida Attempts to Make it Illegal, an Argument for the Sacred Work of White Discomfort

…if this bill included the avoidance of individual discomfort, not just to Florida’s teachers but to Florida’s athletic coaches? Florida, like most Southern states, is obsessed with football. But what kind of football teams would Florida schools produce if players could argue that they were being discriminated against if they were made to feel uncomfortable? When I was younger, I had dreams of playing soccer at the highest levels. I participated i…

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Atheist Nazis? The Pope’s Cheap Atonement

Adam Clayton Powell called it “cheap grace,” but we might call it “cheap atonement”: the effort by sinners to select which sins to acknowledge and repent. Pope Benedict XVI ended his heavily protested visit to England with a heartfelt apology for German bombings of England during the Battle of Britain; though he refused to accept Christian responsibility for the Holocaust, blaming it instead on pagans and atheists. Given that Cardinal Walter Kasp…

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