hiding in plain sight

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 02, 2006

Ed Peters runs an excellent, informative blog about matters relating to canon law. Ordinarily, that means that he writes about serious matters-- recently, for instance, he's been invaluable in discussing the status of Archbishop Milingo.

But then sometimes even a canon lawyer can do nothing but laugh, and Ed has some fun with a BBC "investigative report" about an allegedly secret Vatican policy on sexual abuse.

...apparently Pope Benedict has a lot to learn about how to keep documents secret: like not publishing them in journals distributed around the world.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: happyseaotter8027 - Oct. 26, 2010 8:09 PM ET USA

    I'm really getting tired of Catholics who believe that they can decide what is moral, not the Church founded by Jesus. I am not GLBTQ (or whatever) yet I am celibate and I am happy to make this sacrifice to God. And I am certainly included as a full member of society. Cafeteria Catholics and moral relativists need to think hard and long about what Catholicism is. The Church reflects the Truth of God and Truth can never be determined by consensus.

  • Posted by: bnewman - Oct. 08, 2010 11:06 PM ET USA

    There are unfortunately many more students who commit suicide that are not GLBTQ and they deserve our concern also. Is the Heights selective in who it cares about? Most suicides result from clinical depression and I beleive it is much more important to address mental health issues than playing the blame game: although less popular to students of course.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 08, 2010 11:06 PM ET USA

    The Church clearly loves all souls - and takes its responsibility to guide all souls to heaven very seriously. It may not always make people 'feel good' at the moment here on earth, but the Church must be counted on to consistently provide sound moral teaching that conforms to the will of God - not to the will of man. That said, Jesus has provided us with all of the love, Divine Mercy and graces to do what is right here on earth. od.

  • Posted by: Pro Deo et Hibernia - Oct. 08, 2010 8:07 PM ET USA

    Thank God that BC at least has Peter Kreeft!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 08, 2010 5:40 PM ET USA

    I believe "Q" is for Questioning, not Queer. In the smooth unknotted logic of homosexuality, even the gender-confused is one of them and subject to their protection. You're welcome.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 08, 2010 5:37 PM ET USA

    It's a pathetic but increasingly common perception of how depraved sexual acts and bogus gender identifications should not only be accommodated by society, but suddenly celebrated against the moral teachings of 5,000 plus years which has wisely and universally condemned them. That this kind of trash is so openly allowed at Boston College speaks loudly to the demise of what was once heralded as a Jesuit education.

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 08, 2010 4:03 PM ET USA

    It is doubtful that you would find many Jesuits who even know what the Church teaches, so you would have to try some other religious order.