Time to pray for the church

On many occasions in the Gospels, Jesus speaks about truth. In John’s Gospel, he tells Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (Jn … Read More

Some words of comfort

It has been a difficult six weeks. On Aug. 14, the Pennsylvania grand jury released its report on sexual abuse by clergy. Investigations in other states have … Read More

Suffering and healing

A column from a friend and colleague in the Catholic press provided some solace as The Compass team wrapped up production of this week’s paper. It was … Read More

Laity’s role in accountability

As Catholic Church leaders respond to criticisms about the handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations, one message is becoming clear. The role of the laity in investigating … Read More

Transparency sorely needed

Since reports of clergy sexual abuse first rattled the Catholic Church in the United States in 2002, one mechanism for addressing the issue was offered: transparency. Transparency, … Read More

In the desert

It’s not Lent, but the sense of wandering in a desert prevails. We have wandered our desert of clergy sexual abuse for nearly two decades. In January … Read More

Déjà vu all over again

A quote attributed to New York Yankees legendary catcher Yogi Berra captures the mood many Catholics may be feeling after the July 27 resignation of Archbishop Theodore … Read More

Syriac Catholics hold convention

About 450 young Catholic adults from the Middle East gathered in Lebanon July 17-22 to celebrate their faith at the inaugural Syriac Youth International Convention. After what … Read More

News media in cross hairs

It’s been a challenging time for newspapers around the country in recent years and also for the journalists they employ. Slumping advertising and circulation revenue, combined with … Read More

Who is to blame?

Do we suffer from spiritual atherosclerosis, from turning our hearts to stone? By now, everyone knows the photos, audios and videos that circulated last week of crying … Read More