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These past few years have witnessed the refreshing and hopeful comments and kindnesses of Pope Francis. His words are always followed by sincere gestures of affection and mercy. He leads by living example. Unfortunately, that example is not having either a cerebral or emotional impact on many bishops, especially in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Go, Rebuild My House
As I write this, we are entering the desert of Lent. A dark Lent it looks to be indeed in the Church. Every day, it seems, there are more revelations of betrayal and crimes committed by the hierarchy worldwide. Australian Cardinal Pell is sentenced to six years in prison, convicted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
One joy as a Catholic is the liturgical calendar’s rhythm throughout the year—the way, for example, Ash Wednesday disrupts the daily grind of life. But this is the first Lenten season since the “Summer of Shame.” For many, part of the shock was that Catholics could no longer simply hope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The Academy Awards ceremony coincided with the final day of last week’s Vatican summit on sexual abuse, which prompted me to look for insights about church reform that are epitomized by four of the nominees for best picture. A common thread among these films is their attention to racial or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
Just last week, reports surfaced of yet another community of innocents whom predatory priests have been preying upon for decades, this time communities of nuns who now are defying cultural expectations to share stories of assault, rape, abortions, AIDS-related illnesses and ecclesial impassivity bordering on abandonment. The torrent of reports... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
On the road to Emmaus, according to Luke, there came a point when Jesus made as if to go on without the two disciples but they pressed him to stay with them (Lk 24: 28). The Church universal in these strange times is at such a cross-roads. The case of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The present crisis in the church has been a long time in the making and no one should be so naïve as to think that it will find a quick resolution. Pope Francis and his spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., have signaled in recent days that we ought to temper... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The “clergy sex abuse scandal” has been something of a misnomer in that, according to the First Law of Media Dynamics, the public always views the cover-up as worse than the crime. Every case of abuse is a crime, a horror and a tragedy. But it is the concealment of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
In the midst of crisis, the most common human reaction, understandably, is an impulse to DO SOMETHING. As our Church reels from long overdue revelations of clerical sexual abuse and corruption, there is an overriding, incontrovertible need for action. When one receives a diagnosis of a serious ailment, the response... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The ongoing crisis in the church surrounding the sexual abuse scandal and the loss of confidence in authority has been rightly unsettling for many Catholics. As we reflect on this reality of years-long evil and complicity, we ought not to let it distract us from other injustices in which many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
In 2017, Antonio Spadaro SJ, editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, and Presbyterian pastor Marcelo Figueroa, editor of the Argentinian edition of L’Osservatore Romano, co-wrote an article on America’s culture wars titled “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism: A Surprising Ecumenism.” The article provoked widespread debate, but today it seems even more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
There is arguably no papal document since the end of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) that has mapped out such a radical reform of Church governance, life and mission as Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). It is the blueprint for what the pope’s Secretary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Go, Rebuild My House
When I learned quite recently that Pope Francis is such a fan of the work of the Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo that he called him one day to congratulate him on his latest book, I was led to give more attention to Vattimo’s prescription for ecclesial health, that what the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Go, Rebuild My House
We are living in an enormously traumatic moment in the life of the church, a moment that at its core has been produced by the sin of a church that is called in its every essence to reflect holiness to the world. At every level in the life of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Go, Rebuild My House
The results of the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse are as stark as they are staggering. They may also be surprising, because while we have long wrung our hands over the tragedy of priestly abuse, seeing the report’s statistics in aggregate may be the first time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Go, Rebuild My House
In 2000, Monsignor David Malloy left his work in the papal household and returned to the United States to become an associate general secretary at the U.S. bishops’ conference. In 2006, he was elected general secretary, defeating Monsignor John Strynkowski of Brooklyn. In 2010, then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected President... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Go, Rebuild My House
One could be forgiven for thinking that it has never been as bad as this—church authority assailed from within and from without, the episcopate in so many jurisdictions discredited, the papacy under siege from schismatic factions, the non-Catholic world appalled by a level of corruption the magnitude of which seems... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Go, Rebuild My House
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I have been trying to keep myself busy this summer, but I still find myself wishing students were back on campus. In any event, we received some great news this week. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s Board of Commissioners granted accreditation to the College of Nursing’s doctor of nursing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Dr. Petillo's Blog
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Over winter break, I traveled to Prague and Vienna with the Sacred Heart University band. Going on this trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. We got the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places I could ever imagine. We climbed up the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Pioneer Band
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I had never gone overseas before, let alone leave the East Coast; so I knew from the start that flying to Europe was going to be quite the experience. From playing Charades with an Albanian man, to having our flight cancelled, to finding creative ways to have my phone charged... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Pioneer Band
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The Sacred Heart University Band recently took an international tour to Austria and the Czech Republic in mid-January. This tour marked my second international tour with the band in my college career. While the beginning of the trip was marred by a bomb cyclone and being holed up in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Pioneer Band
Check Back Soon To Read The Blogs Of Our Spring 2018 Switzerland Study Abroad Student, Nicole! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Switzerland Study Abroad
Check Back Soon To Read The Blogs Of Our Spring 2018 Luxembourg Study Abroad Student, Lauren! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Luxembourg Study Abroad
Check back next month (January 4 - 13, 2018) to see what the Pioneer Band is up to in Vienna and Prague! Lizzie & Emily will keep you updated on the bands journey overseas with blogs, videos and photos. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Pioneer Band
Welcome to SHU Engineering blog. This is Professor Tolga Kaya, program director of Computer Engineering at SHU. I will be giving you updates on what SHU Engineers are up to. Sacred Heart University is investing in Engineering. We have started Computer Engineering program but also have dual degree programs where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at SHU Engineering