Catholic World News' Phil Lawler

We spoke with Philip Lawler, editor and founder of Catholic World News, whose latest book from Tan Publishers is entitled, The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful . . . and What Can Be Done about It. In his book, Philip talks about what has happened in the Catholic Church in 2018 and how we, as faithful Catholics, can support our holy priests and our beloved Church during this time of crisis.


Show Notes

The Smoke of Satan

NC bishops’ statement on the crisis:

  • Former Bishop of Raleigh, now Bishop of Arlington, Michael F. Burbidge: "I know Archbishop Viganò.... We need to review Archbishop Viganò’s letter carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly. Evidence needs to be given. But the bottom line is we need to know the truth. What is the truth? It demands a comprehensive review. All the faithful need to hear the answer to those questions. Who knew what and when?"
  • Bishop of Raleigh Luis Rafael Zarama, JCL: I support the goals recently outlined by the USCCB to investigate, report and resolve recent accounts that have come to light and to do so under criteria that include independence and high­ level involvement of the laity.
  • Bishop of Charlotte Peter Joseph Jugis: “Over the past few weeks, we have been presented with a lot of shameful revelations about the conduct of leaders and others in the Catholic Church,” Bishop Jugis said. “I have been hearing from many people who feel betrayed and wonder what is going to happen next to our beloved Church.” Bishop Jugis said he “fully” supports the statement by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read the statement. In that Aug. 16 statement, Cardinal DiNardo called for an investigation into the allegations against Archbishop McCarrick, “an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops,” and “better procedures” to resolve complains made against bishops.
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