Fugee Update: “This Type of Thing Cannot Happen Again”

From CNS: Father Michael Fugee, a priest of the Newark Archdiocese who recently resigned from active ministry, was arrested late May 20 on charges of violating a court’s “memorandum of understanding” that forbids him from contact with minors. The priest, 52, resigned May 2 after reports surfaced about his being with minors in an apparent violation of [Read More…]

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A Priest Writes: “A New Translation Cannot Be Expected to Accomplish Everything” —UPDATED

After reading this latest post on how priests reportedly dislike the new Missal, a priest friend dropped me an email to share his impressions: One of the things going on here is very important, but I suspect most priests have never thought about it. I concelebrated at a Funeral Mass with an older priest (about [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “The Lord Has Redeemed All of Us…Even Atheists!”

Details:  During the Mass he celebrates every morning at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, which he carried out this morning together with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, Pope Francis spoke about doing good as a principle that unites all humanity. The pontiff began his reflection with today’s Gospel about the disciples who wanted to prevent a [Read More…]

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Survey: 60% of Priests Dislike New Missal

It’s unclear what the methodology was for this survey, so take it for what it’s worth. Details: More than a year after the changes took effect in U.S. parishes, a survey of American priests shows that they are more disturbed by the innovations than their flocks. In fact, the poll, conducted by researchers at St. [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 20 New Deacons for Cincinnati

And, on top of that, they also welcomed three new transitional deacons. Details, from the Catholic Telegraph: Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr ordained 20 permanent deacons and three transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Saturday, April 27 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish. A permanent deacon is a man, either married or single, who [Read More…]

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“Post-Catholic” Ireland Sees Rise in Non-Religious Funerals

Details:  Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a master’s in bereavement studies. Having seen four family members die early, she wanted to understand how to adapt. As it turned out, the degree perfectly prepared her to enter one of Ireland’s emerging professions. Wojnar is [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 14 New Deacons for Rockville Centre

A (newly ordained) deacon reader writes: In case you don’t get the word from other sources, Rockville Centre has 14 new deacons, ordained this past weekend at St. Agnes Cathedral. This picture is all of us praying with Dcn. Tom Connolly (who runs our formation program) just before the ordination began. I’ll look forward to [Read More…]

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Lifting the Veil on the “Catholic Whistleblowers”

From this morning’s New York Times:  They call themselves Catholic Whistleblowers, a newly formed cadre of priests and nuns who say the Roman Catholic Church is still protecting sexual predators. Although they know they could face repercussions, they have banded together to push the new pope to clean house and the American bishops to enforce the [Read More…]

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Fr. Fugee Arrested

Details:  A once-accused pedophile priest in New Jersey has been arrested on charges that he violated a judicial order by having contact with young parish members. The Rev. Michael Fugee, 52, was arrested at St. Antoninus Parish in Newark following an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Fugee entered into an agreement with the [Read More…]

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“Diaconate Couples”?

A reader noted the following item, posted by the venerable Fr. Z last weekend. The comments are his. Mine follow at the end. From a reader: Over Mother’s Day weekend I attended mass at a church I do not usually attend. I noticed their bulletin listed a “Deaconite Couple.” Is that allowed? Women aren’t allowed [Read More…]

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