Perspectives on the Recent Sex Abuse Scandals in the Catholic Church

Most of you have probably heard by now of the dismissal of ex-Cardinal McCarrick and the actions of numerous priests in several dioceses in Pennsylvania. As a practicing Catholic, the fact that there are those among the leaders of my church who have strayed so far from their mission as Shepherds of our faith hurts. Unfortunately, no human is perfect, and even more unfortunately, people, including those we look up to, can screw up majorly. I’ve been fortunately to know many fantastic priests, but not everyone haws and, as a Catholic and as a law-abiding citizen, I want to see justice and solutions to the problems these scandals have presented. I think the following article presents a fairly balanced perspective of those in the Catholic Church and does a good job of showing that it will not be easy to solve this problem so that people are both respected and protected. I particularly like Cardinal Blaise Cupich’s words on this matter. I hope you’re well-enlightened into the plight of Catholics across America.

Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests — FOX News

Requested Commentary on “Healthcare Rights”

About a month ago (I apologize to my follower who requested this on not answering it in a timely fashion), I was asked for commentary on the following two videos. One takes the liberal side of the healthcare debate, and the other, the conservative. I think that Ben Shapiro explains the conservative side very well. Because of the right to life, if you are in a position to help someone maintain their life, you should help them, but the actual healthcare or whatever other help you give them is a commodity. Because of that, if you want to make healthcare low cost, you should allow in competition to drive down prices. In the liberal view, the guy talking seems to miss that if government is the primary dispenser of healthcare, it gives the government control over when, where, how, and if at all, people can get access to healthcare, and this just minimizes the choices (and also competition) for people to choose from to best fit their needs.

The Liberal View (via Secular Talk):

The Conservative View (via ben Shapiro):

Why We Have Freedom

I was blessed yesterday to hear James Caviezel (of Passion of the Christ fame) come speak at the Catholic conference that I was at. They showed the trailer for his new movie on St. Paul the Apostle, but then he appeared. I think my favorite part of his impassioned speech was when he said something along the lines of, “Freedom isn’t for doing what we want but for doing what we ought.” If I can find a recording of his speech, I’ll post it because the end is highly applicable to this blog.