Fr. Peter Daly is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and has been pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick, Md., since 1994. For almost 20 years, Daly wrote a column for Catholic News Service that went to diocesan publications. He has also written for The Washington Post, Catholic Digest, Reader's Digest, the ABA Journal, and other local publications. He has a 20-pound cat named Russell.

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We want to see humility, action, but I'm not expecting anything like that from the bishops

Parish Diary: Maybe that seems a bit pessimistic, but I think it is realistic to expect nothing from the meeting of bishops in Rome in February. I've been disappointed at their lack of courage and leadership before.


Clerical cronyism and secrecy shielded McCarrick and others

Parish Diary: Then-Cardinal McCarrick was apparently used to living a double life and thought no one would reveal the truth. And one thing is for sure. His case is not unique.


Confrontation time: Cardinal McCarrick and me in 2002

Parish Diary: The damage is done. The church has no credibility on its ability to police itself. I remember when I asked Theodore McCarrick about the sex abuse crisis, years ago.


With McCarrick scandal, #MeToo arrives for the church

Parish Diary: McCarrick was my archbishop in the Washington Archdiocese. We knew, or should have known, about some of his behavior. It was no secret, but we chose to ignore it.