'The injury to victims is deeper than non-victims can imagine' The Catholic bishops of the United States have learned many lessons from the sex abuse crisis. There are 12 that are among the most important, according to Bishop Blase Cupick of Spokane, Washington, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People.
As we forgive those who trespass against us ... How do I forgive those who have wronged me? Can I restore a relationship with someone who has deeply hurt me? Can ethnic groups set aside centuries of grievances and warring ways? Can the proverbial lion lay down with the lamb?
Japan disaster raises ethical questions about energy The ongoing nuclear plant disaster in Japan raises not only environmental and health issues, but ethical questions about energy use and the future of nuclear power, according to Catholic scholars and other ethicists.
'Empowering the powerless' in India When we are asked that question it is difficult to find the right words to describe our experience. We do know that when we were offered the opportunity by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to travel to India to experience their work overseas, we said "yes," even though we couldn't imagine what that "yes" would mean to us.
The relatives we wish we didn't have In an age not given to nuance, the undiscerning among us conclude that all Muslims are radical terrorists intent on waging a war against America. They also fail to make distinctions between different kinds of Christians.
The Cardinal's Pastoral Vision: Collaboration and Outreach One of the most remarked-on interventions at the Second Vatican Council occurred during the first session when Bishop Emile de Smedt of Bruges, Belgium, criticized the first draft of the schema on the Church, de Ecclesia, for its "triumphalism," "clericalism" and its "juridical" concept of the Church.