Catholic "Scandals"
and Shortcomings

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TABLE OF CONTENTS (Hyper-linked)

Inquisition(s) and Persecutions
The Crusades
Pope Pius XII and the Nazi Holocaust / Anti-Semitism
Priestly Sex and Molestation Scandal
Inquisition(s) and Persecutions
Dialogue on the Inquisition: Its Purpose and Rationale Within the Mediæval Worldview (Dave Armstrong vs. Dr. Jan Schreurs) 70K
Dialogue: Reflections on the Crusades, the Inquisition, and Slavery 26K
A Typical Example (in Live Chat) of Absurd Anti-Catholic Exaggerations and Prejudice (100 Million Inquisition Victims?) 26K
St. Bartholomew's Day and Other Anti-Catholic Legends 6K
The Crusades
Dialogue: Reflections on the Crusades, the Inquisition, and Slavery 26K
The Crusades and World War II: An Instructive Ethical Analogy (Mark Shea) 33K
Reflections on the Sack of Constantinople in 1204 and Lesser-Known Byzantine Atrocities 26K
Rethinking the Crusades (Jonathan Riley-Smith)
The Real History of the Crusades (Thomas F. Madden)
Catholic Encyclopedia: CRUSADES
The Battle Over the Crusades (Robert P. Lockwood)
Crusades: Truth and the Black Legend (Vittorio Messori)
The Crusades (Anne W. Carroll)
The Meaning of the Crusade (G.K. Chesterton)
The Christian Crusades Positively Impacted the East and the West
The Crusades: A Defensive Gesture
ORB --Introduction to the Crusades (Paul Crawford)
Crusades and Counter-Crusades (Paul Crawford)
Crusades: Additional Background  (Paul Crawford)
Crusades: Legacy  (Paul Crawford)
Crusades: Political and Military Background  (Paul Crawford)
Crusading Vows and Privileges  (Paul Crawford)
The First Crusade (Paul Crawford)
The Later Crusades (Paul Crawford)
Dialogue: Reflections on the Crusades, the Inquisition, and Slavery 26K
The Catholic Church and Slavery (Lane Core, Jr.) 2K
Let My People Go: The Catholic Church and Slavery (Mark Brumley)
The Popes and Slavery - Book Review (Leonard A. Kennedy)
A Response to John Noonan, Jr. Concerning the Development of Catholic Moral Doctrine (Usury, Marriage, Slavery, Religious freedom) (Patrick M. O'Neil)
Catholic Encyclopedia: ETHICAL ASPECT OF SLAVERY
On Slavery in the Old Testament (Luke Wadel)
The Galileo Incident: Does it Prove that the Catholic Church is Not Infallible, or that it is Intrinsically Hostile to Science?(Steven L. Kellmeyer, Alexander R. Pruss, Michael W. Martin, and Brad Kaiser) 17K
Catholic Encyclopedia: GALILEO GALILEI
Galileo and the Magisterium: A Second Look (Jeffrey Mirus)
Faith Can Never Contradict Reason (Pope John Paul II on Galileo)
Galileo (Anne W. Carroll)
The Galileo Affair (George Sim Johnston)
Galileo Galilei (Bertrand Conway)
Pope Pius XII and the Nazi Holocaust / Persecution of Jews / Anti-Semitism

{see extensive sections in the Judaism and Catholicism Page}

Priestly Sex and Molestation Scandal

My statement: I would remind Catholics (and non-Catholic Christian allies) who are despairing over this dreadful scandal to recall that all great reform movements in the Catholic Church followed times of great immorality within its ranks (we Catholics being sinners and in constant need of God's grace, mercy, and help, along with everyone else). The terrible revelations now being exposed can potentially be a huge wake-up call to reform seminaries, Catholic educational institutions, and the priesthood from the inroads of theological modernism, false psychological thinking, "political correctness," heterodox, compromised teaching on sexuality, and relativist, non-traditional ethics and morality in general. Those scourges are the ultimate and long-term cause of these tragic events, and no informed Catholic that I know has ever denied that the Church (i.e., with regard to the beliefs and behavior of many of its members, not in its teachings) is suffering from a modernist crisis (see my web page, Theological Liberalism and Modernism).  I would note in passing that the fashionable, wrongheaded, agenda-driven calls for a married or female clergy have little to do with the current problem, and cannot resolve it, since upwards of 90% of the sexually-abused were teenage males. The problem obviously is something other than celibacy itself, or Clintonian urges towards heterosexual promiscuity. Having believed for a long time (based on historical hindsight) that spiritual and ecclesiological revival is coming in the 21st century, I think this unutterably tragic scandal can and will -- by God's grace and mass repentance -- eventually be instrumental in leading to a great movement for reform, orthodoxy, and revival (Romans 8:28). The laity will likely play a large part in the coming revival, as they often have in the past. For a single informative, insightful article on this subject (and/or a good place to start learning about it), I highly recommend Dark Hour, by my friend and fellow Catholic apologist and author, Mark Shea.

Review of the Book Pedophiles and Priests (Lane Core Jr.) 22K

Dark Hour (Mark Shea)
Goodbye! Good Men (book by Michael S. Rose about homosexuality in Catholic seminaries)
Foreword to Goodbye! Good Men (Alice von Hildebrand)
Random Thoughts on Boston, Palm Beach and Related Matters (Fr. Jay Scott Newman)
The Gay Question  (Rod Dreher)
Entangled on the Web (James Hitchcock)
The Pope's First Statement (Peggy Noonan)
Clean house in the Catholic Church (Pat Buchanan)
Should Gay Priests Adopt? (Ann Coulter)
Catholic Church not only religion facing abuse problems, expert says (Michelle Laque Johnson)
Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal More About Homosexuality Than Pedophilia (Traditional Catholic Reflections)
Pedophilia and Kulturkampf: The Consequence of Just Saying Yes to the Culture of Appetite (E. Michael Jones)
Violating a sacred trust  (Michael Kelly)
Media silent on homosexuality factor in priest scandal  (Liz Trotta)
Breaking Faith: Protestant Clergy Sex Scandals (Lynn Vincent)
Crisis in the Catholic Church (Cal Thomas)
The Return of Martin Luther? (Linda Chavez)
Catholic Church's Scandals go from bad to worse (Maggie Gallagher)
The Church Must Come to Terms (John Leo)
Battle over abusive priests results in revolution? (John Leo)
Can the Church Survive? (William F. Buckley, Jr.)
The Culture of "Dissent" (Michael Novak)
Lawlessness in Boston (William F. Buckley, Jr.)
Catholics and Scandals (William F. Buckley, Jr.)
The Role of Gays, Celibacy and the Media in the Church Sex Abuse Scandal (Catholic League)
What You Say Reveals How You Think (David C. Stolinsky)
Quo Vadis, Ecclesia Romana?  (Phil Brennan)
An American Catholic at Easter  (Diane Alden)
Bishop [Wuerl] sings praises of battered priesthood (Ann Rodgers-Melnick)
Catholic Scandals: A Crisis for Celibacy? (Leon J. Podles)
Emitte Lucem (Phil Brennan)
Catholic bashing and pedophile priests (Michael Medved)
How should the Church respond?  (Alan Keyes)
Sins of the Fathers (Rod Dreher)
Unholy Mess (Rod Dreher)
Andrew Sullivan's Gay Problem and the "Lavender Mafia" (Rod Dreher)
Boston Travesty (Rod Dreher)
The Price of Priestly Pederasty (Dan Michalski)
The Systematic Corruption of the Catholic Church (Michael Kelly)
Public Lynching of the Priesthood  (Deal Hudson)
Wages of Relativism: On Pedophile Priests (Benedict J. Groeschel)
The Myth of the Pedophile Priest (Philip Jenkins)
What our response should be to terrible scandals in the Church (Roger J. Landry)
Conservative Bishops, Liberal Results (James Hitchcock)
Sinful Church Leaders 5K
Sins and Sinners in the Catholic Church 53K
Was the Catholic Church an Avowed Enemy of Scripture in the Middle Ages (or at any other time)? 41K
Is Catholicism Half-Pagan? 12K
"Why Doesn't Pope John Paul II DO Something About the Modernist Dissenters in the Catholic Church?" 39K


Dialogue: How Can Catholicism Be True When Catholics Are So Dead? (Gary Hoge)
Church Asks Pardon for Her Members' Sins (Pope John Paul II)
Should the Church Repent? (Avery Cardinal Dulles)
Anti-Popes (Warren H. Carroll)
Halloween: Its Origins and Celebration
What About Halloween? (Bob & Gretchen Passantino)
Did the Catholic Church Forbid Bible Reading? (Joseph Jenkins)
The False Decretals (Steven O'Reilly)
A Response to William Webster Concerning the False Decretals and Donation of Constantine Accusation  (Scott Windsor)
The Crimes of Christopher Columbus (Dinesh D'Souza)
The Consequences of  Columbus (Robert Royal)
Honoring Christopher Columbus (Warren Carroll)
Bad News on Priests and AIDS (David Murray & S. Robert Lichter)
AIDS and the News Media (Abp. Charles Chaput)
Priests More Likelty to Have AIDS? (Zenit News Agency)
How Could a God of Love Order the Massacre of the Canaanites?
Shouldn't the Butchering of the Amalekite Children be Considered War Crimes?

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Compiled by Dave Armstrong. Thorough URL Revision: 18 February 2002. Updated: 22 May 2002.