Fran Ferder is a Franciscan sister and a clinical psychologist.

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How Catholics got conned by Donald Trump

Commentary: Delusional cult leaders create delusional followers. In the televised scenes of the Jan. 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol, we saw alarming images of this "collective delusion" in our national psyche.


Vatican's assessment of LCWR about fear, not doctrine

Commentary: The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith's April 18 doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not about doctrine



The inner workings of a hierarchy with a sex offender mentality

Analysis: The Vatican announcement that the attempted ordination of women is a "grave crime" to be dealt with according to the same procedures as the sexual abuse of minors exposes the way those running our church actually think.