Abuse report: 11 “credible allegations” against clergy in 2012

Details:  The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20% decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. [Read More...]

Legion of Christ priest: “What God expects of me now is to care for my child and his mother”

Details:  A prominent American priest of the Legion of Christ religious order has decided to leave the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child years ago. The Legion said Saturday the Rev. Thomas Williams, a moral theologian, author, lecturer and television personality, had asked Pope Francis to be relieved of his celibacy and other priestly [Read More...]

Remembering Fr. Scott Carroll: “He wanted to be a priest”

Here, from the Toledo Blade, is the obituary for the man who was a priest for just 40 hours:  The Rev. Scott R. Carroll, who sustained his interest in becoming a Roman Catholic priest through an 18-year career as a middle school teacher and coach, died Friday in the Maumee home of his father, Robert. [Read More...]

For Mother’s Day: “She’s my best friend…”

A New Jersey priest has written a song celebrating mothers, and now the video is catching on. From the Catholic Star Herald in Camden: Pure Jerzy Kidz, a choir that includes children from five South Jersey schools, was formed to sing “Mom,” a song with lyrics by Father Edward Namiotka, pastor of St. Joseph Parish [Read More...]

Priest dies two days after ordination —UPDATED

A followup to the story I posted the other day on Fr. Scott Caroll. This email arrived today from Toledo: Father Scott Carroll, who was ordained last Wednesday, died early this morning, Friday, May 10, 2013. Arrangements are pending and will be forwarded to you as soon as they are known. Please pray for the [Read More...]

Seminarian battling cancer ordained to priesthood

The following email arrived in my in-box tonight, forwarded from a reader in Ohio: I am pleased to announce that late this morning, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Bishop Leonard Blair ordained Deacon Scott Carroll to the priesthood at a Mass celebrated at Father Carroll’s home in Maumee, Ohio. Concelebrating the Ritual Mass of Ordination were the Reverends [Read More...]

“Why I wear a biretta”

An explanation from an Episcopal priest:  I saw somewhere on Facebook where a priest asked the following: “What exactly is the point of a biretta.”  At last count there were 41 responses, ranging from indignation to clergy humor.  I actually liked the question – what is the point of a biretta. From a practical standpoint, [Read More...]

UPDATE: Massachusetts bishop pleads not guilty to DUI

Details:  The leader of a Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts charged with driving drunk in Rhode Island has been released on $1,000 bail.  Worcester Bishop Robert McManus pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. The 61-year-old McManus was represented by former Rhode Island House [Read More...]

Fugee fallout: Trenton pastor, lay ministers resign

From the Diocese of Trenton website: Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has accepted the resignation of Father Thomas J. Triggs as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, effective immediately. The May 4 resignation follows recent reports that Father Michael Fugee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, had assisted in several activities of the [Read More...]

Star search: a scientist who grew up without religion prepares for ordination to the priesthood

The unusual vocation story, from The Leaven newspaper of Kansas City: The vocation stories of many priests begin with their families, where they were nurtured in the faith and early on considered that they, too, might stand at the altar someday. Not Deacon Nathan Haverland. “I never thought about being a priest while I was [Read More...]