Editorial: The Catholic church is in crisis, and its leaders are making it worse

If any truth emerged from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting this week in Baltimore, it was surely Archbishop William E. Lori's observation that the priest sex abuse scandal " is going to be with us for a long, long time." The church covered up the widespread abuse of children and adults by priests for a long, long time. It denied and deflected public outrage for a long, long time. And now, when a Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed the breadth of the abuse, and the fall of former Washington Archbishop Theodore McCarrick demonstrated that it extended to the top rungs of the Catholic hierarchy, the church is waiting longer to take even the most obvious of steps to restore its parishioners' faith.


New restaurant headed for Five Points

Sub Station II sandwich shop is moving into the former Jimmy John’s location on Devine Street in Five Points. It’s the latest in a turnover of restaurants in the urban village near USC in Columbia SC.


Ex-etiquette: ‘I hate my life, I want to go back to my ex’

Q: I recently remarried, but I'm miserable. My husband drives me crazy, his ex-wife is psycho, and his children run the show. After three years and eleven months, my ex has realized the error of his ways and has been calling me. He tells me he's sorry that he ran off with "that woman" and wants to go back together. I hate my life, I want to go back to my ex and I have absolutely no idea how to handle this. What's good ex-etiquette?


Chris Erskine: All roads lead home

In our last installment, I was self-soothing with banana cream pie, a gateway drug, and hikes into the foothills with White Fang, our demi-dog, who's about the size of a sheep yet produces much more quality wool.


Living with Children: Teachers ‘stripped of permission to punish’

For the record, I believe in the concept of public (aka, taxpayer-funded, government, "free") schools. I attended public schools and obtained an excellent education that challenged my intellect and imparted a broad understanding of the world and my place in it. I am forever grateful to my teachers. Some were more likeable than others, but they were all dedicated to their craft and mission.


Ask Mr. Dad: Title IX: A good thing gone bad

Dear Mr. Dad: In one of your columns a month or so ago, you took a swipe at Title IX, which most people think has done a great job of bringing equity to college sports. You even called it "dangerous." I don't see what there is to complain about. Please explain.

Vaccines can help prevent diseases. Here are the numbers

CDC shares how vaccines can protect you