Flush with bigotry: Florida professor compares a priest to a toilet, because they’re both “full of s***”

From the Tampa Tribune, by way of Kathy Schiffer: A Catholic watchdog group is accusing a University of South Florida professor of mocking priests by comparing them to a toilet in a presentation at a recent academic conference. The professor contended his use of the symbolism was misinterpreted and was academically valid. The Catholic League [Read More…]

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“Retired Catholic priest” marries his partner?—UPDATED

From Huffington Post:  Retired Catholic priest the Rev. Tom Pivinski and his partner of over 20 years, Malcolm Navias, celebrated a beautiful interfaith wedding on Monday at their home in Asbury Park, New Jersey. They wed on the very first day that same-sex marriage was allowed to happen in New Jersey after Governor Chris Christie dropped his appeal to [Read More…]

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A Richmond miracle? Diocese boasts largest group of seminarians in decades

From the Virginian-Pilot:  A decade after the clergy sex-abuse scandal began to rock the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Richmond has more young priests in the seminary pipeline than it has had in years. In all, 22 seminarians – including eight from Hampton Roads – are preparing to take the vows of ordination in [Read More…]

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Chaplain sues for right to say Mass at military base

CNN has details:  A Catholic priest has gone to court, saying the partial government shutdown is preventing him from providing religious services– even voluntarily– on a U.S. military base. Father Ray Leonard filed a lawsuit Monday in federal district court in Washington, saying he “wishes to continue practicing his faith and ministering to his faith [Read More…]

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“All too often it is the so-called liberal priests…who personify clericalism”—UPDATED

Last week, I posted Fr. Michael Duffy’s response to “Lead Us Not Into Clericalism,” by Fr. Dan Horan in the current issue of America. Now, another reaction comes from Fr. John Trigilio, a familiar face to regular EWTN viewers, but also the president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.   He offers a different perspective on [Read More…]

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HIV-positive pastor charged with soliciting sex

It happened in Cleveland:  The Rev. James McGonegal, pastor of a West Side Cleveland Catholic church, was charged today with soliciting sex while being HIV-positive. He had been arrested Friday in Edgewater Park. In the incident report released today, an off-duty Cleveland Metroparks ranger said McGonegal offered the ranger $50 to help him “get off,” [Read More…]

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The short life and tragic death of Fr. Kevin Kayda

Many will remember this story from several days back, about the death of a newly ordained priest.  Details at the time were vague; the cause of death was not reported. Now there’s more, from one of his classmates: Last Thursday, our classmate, friend and brother priest, Fr. Kevin Kayda, died unexpectedly, just over a month [Read More…]

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A young priest responds to charges of clericalism

Today, my blogging neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy read over Fr. Dan Horan’s reflection on clericalism in the newest issue of America—wherein Fr. Dan notes: Most people are quick to remind me of how young a friar and priest I still am. That statement of fact is often, but not always, accompanied by some well-meaning remark [Read More…]

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Quote of the day: “It’s because I fell in love with Jesus”

“I spoke last evening with the confirmation kids at my parish.  I told them the main reason that I became an active Catholic and eventually a priest.  It’s because I fell in love not with an idea or an ideology or a bunch of rules.  It’s because I fell in love with Jesus.  And falling [Read More…]

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The death of a young priest

This is truly heartbreaking:  It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Reverend Kevin Lee Kayda. He died unexpectedly at the home of his parents in Carlisle on Thursday, October 3, 2013.  Fr. Robert M. Gillelan, Jr., Diocesan Administrator said, “The loss of any life is a tragedy, but the death of [Read More…]

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