How Lady Gaga’s “Angel Down” Reminds Me of the Church Abuse Crisis

I was never into Lady Gaga. Not that I disliked her or her music – I just didn’t think anything about her. But her outspokenness about her fibromyalgia and her latest album, “Joanne,” have made me a fan. One of my favorite songs on the 2016 album is called “Angel Down.” Lady Gaga wrote the …

On Not Giving Up the Quest

Last Sunday at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, the deacon began his homily by describing Frodo’s journey to Mount Doom in “The Lord of the Rings.” I’ve written before about my love of “The Lord of the Rings,” so you can imagine my rapt attention as he started to speak. The deacon compared …

To Those Who Feel Angry With the Catholic Church

It’s impossible to find a silver lining in this week’s news that a Pennsylvania grand jury accused over 300 priests of abusing about 1,000 people over the course of 70 years. But for better or worse, I’m an idealist, so I always look for a silver lining. And without discounting the evil that was uncovered …