September 18, 2018

From The Los Angeles Times:  Stanford University’s leaders plan to strip some prominent campus references to Junipero Serra, the canonized 18th-century priest who established the California mission system that critics now blame for decimating Native American communities. The Franciscan friar was credited with bringing Catholicism to California when it was under Spanish rule, and he evangelized indigenous people. Critics note that he sometimes used harsh methods and many see him more as an oppressor than a protector of early Californians…. Read more

September 18, 2018

We just celebrated our parish feast day — Our Lady of Sorrows — and it was an opportunity to reflect on the great history and heritage of our parish in Queens, and remember with prayerful affection our founding pastor. Father Joseph McLaughlin was assigned as the new parish’s pastor in 1917, and remained as pastor until 1960 — an astonishing run of 43 years — during which he built the first church, then the school, the present church, the rectory… Read more

September 17, 2018

From AFP: Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse “crisis” that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said. More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the latest wave of global abuse scandals to rock the institution, said Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “We would need participation of more women in (training) of priests,” he told reporters on Saturday… Read more

September 16, 2018

We need something life-affirming and hopeful right now, don’t you think? Try this: Stefan Xidas raised over $18,000 through his GoFundMe page for Special Olympics, a longtime partner of the Chicago Cubs and Cubs Charities. Cubs Charities was proud to support Stefan and Special Olympics by matching Stefan’s donation and fulfilling his wish to sing the national anthem at Wrigley Field. A short preview is above. The full rendition is below. God love him.   Read more

September 16, 2018

That’s the assessment of former Governor Frank Keating, who chaired the first National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. It was created by the Catholic bishops of the United States in 2002 to implement their reform charter and to investigate the scandal. He eventually quit the board in disgust, comparing some bishops to “La Cosa Nostra.” Today, he’s published a column describing some of his experience on the board—and what needs to be done: I attended… Read more

September 15, 2018

This is a staple at my parish— and a suitably joyous entrance song for this week’s liturgies, which mark our parish feast. It was written by the Rev. James Chepponis, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh: Since 1996, Fr. Jim has served the Pittsburgh Diocese as Director of the Office for Music Ministry, and his work includes providing music for all Diocesan liturgies, directing the Diocesan Choir and Schola Cantorum, and serving as music resource person for parishes throughout the Pittsburgh… Read more

September 15, 2018

Bishop Barry Knestout ordained the men Saturday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, at Richmond’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. You can read all about the men here. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!  Read more

September 15, 2018

A couple weeks ago, Nike set out to sell some sneakers. The result ended up causing a sensation. The company released a new ad starring the controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The people at Nike clearly thought he would make people pay attention. And he did. For days, the ad was the talk of the Internet. While the man in the ad has gotten most of the attention, and sparked a lot of controversy, what has been lost in much of… Read more

September 15, 2018

Richmond’s Bishop Barry Knestout took part in a Mass of Atonement at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart last night. He is shown here, lying prostrate before the altar, having removed the symbols of his office: the ring, miter, zucchetto, and crozier. From the diocesan website: The celebration of the Mass is the first of several steps Bishop Knestout is taking in response to the present crisis facing the Church. “Prayer must accompany us through every stage of our actions… Read more

September 15, 2018

From Reuters:  Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon is helping to craft the curriculum for a leadership course at a right-wing Roman Catholic institute in Italy, stepping up his efforts to influence conservative thinking in the church. Benjamin Harnwell, director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute based in a mountaintop monastery not far from Rome, told Reuters Bannon had been helping to build up the institute for about half of its eight-year life. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading Vatican conservative… Read more

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