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Okay, so, only about a week behind posting this…

Luckily, I think this episode is worth the wait! Last week, Br. Tito and I looked at the popular show Unsolved Mysteries, recently rebooted by Netflix. Filled with drama and intrigue, created with Netflix money, we both agree that it is an interesting show to watch.

But it does have a dark side, and we don’t just mean the murders. While entertaining, we discuss the potential this show has to promote conspiracy theories and distrust in institutions. This may be the last thing that we need right now.

But hey, you be the judge! Let us know what you think!

Cardinal McCarrick and the Parable of the Talents

Last week was yet another difficult week for the Catholic Church. The Vatican released a report after its two-year investigation of former Cardinal McCarrick, and the findings were not great.

Everyone, it seemed, from seminarians up to John Paul II knew something of McCarrick’s abuse. Much was shrouded in mystery and disseminated through rumors, but a lot of people knew something, and the ones who spoke up were silenced.

How do we make sense of this? In this video, I look at last week’s Sunday reading in an attempt to shed some light on the situation, all in the hopes that we can learn from it and be the people Christ calls us to be.

One of the objections I hear all the time about the Catholic Church is that it is too rich. For some, it is a hypocritical organization that preys off of the poor, demanding donations, while it hoards money for itself.

On the one hand, there’s certainly some truth to this. I’ve been to individual churches where funds were mismanaged, priests and bishops lived as kings, and the poor were neglected. To say this about some churches and its members is completely legitimate.

But to say this about the Church universal? That’s a different story. As I share in this video, the Church has some work to do if it wants to be the perfect institution founded by Christ, but selling the Vatican and all of its possessions might not be the best solution. We do much more for the poor in those buildings than we would by selling them.

What is Consecrated Life?

Among the most recognizable signs of the Catholic Church are monks and nuns. Even if you’re not Catholic, you can look at the distinct garb of someone who looks like me and know something about them.

I mean, really. Even if you’re not a Christian, who hasn’t seen Sister Act?

That said, not everyone dressed in this way necessarily has the same form of life, and there are plenty of other forms of consecrated life that have no distinct garb at all. What are the many forms of consecrated life and how are they related to one another?

Why Some Religious Communities are Dying

For those of a certain age, seeing a flock of nuns serving an elementary school or witnessing the ordination of a large class of men isn’t a thing of fantasy, it’s just of the past. This is the way the world used to work long ago. Many people can remember classes of 50 men or women entering convents, entire mansions filled with religious. What a time that was!

Today, this is most certainly not the case, as many from that era have aged out and fewer people are entering today. Numbers have been on the decline since the 1970s, and it seems like there’s nothing that can be done about it.

Yes… and no.

While overall numbers are nothing like they were 60 years ago, there are men and women still entering consecrated life. They’re just choosing certain Orders over others. Which, if you are connected to an Order or congregation that hasn’t seen many vocations of late, might lead you to ask an important question: “why aren’t they joining us?”

In this video, I’d like to offer my take.