Priest faces excommunication for starting own parish

An interesting—and rare— case, from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  A Milwaukee-area Catholic priest sanctioned this year for indirectly violating the seal of the confessional now faces excommunication after launching a new parish with a breakaway diocese a few miles away. Father David Verhasselt, once a popular priest at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oconomowoc, was [Read More...]

New coalition of priests seeks to help workers

Just in time for Labor Day comes this portrait of “labor priests,” from Catholic San Francisco:  In the 1891 encyclical “Rerum Novarum,” or “On the New Things,” Pope Leo XIII supported the rights of labor to form unions, and called for ameliorating “the misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working [Read More...]

On the wedding announcements page: priest assists at same sex wedding?

A wedding announcement in this Sunday’s New York Times: Roger Thomas Danforth and Richard James Termine were married Friday evening in New York. The Rev. David C. Parsons, a Lutheran minister, officiated aboard the Lexington, a chartered yacht, on the East River, with the Rev. Michael DeVito, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of Mr. Termine, [Read More...]

75 years a priest

Remarkable.  And inspiring. From Robert Dellinger and The Tidings of Los Angeles: The 97-year-old priest in the white chasuble with an embroidered cross on the front approached the wood lectern with short steps. By his side was the chaplain of Nazareth House, Trinitarian Father Frank Whatley. Normally because of his balance problem and poor eyesight, Msgr. [Read More...]

“Miracle”: one priest saves another from drowning

It happened last week in Florida.  Details:  The Rev. Krzysztof Bugno hovered over the lifeless body of his friend — also a priest — seconds after pulling the struggling man from the waves at Canvaeral National Seashore and prayed. A few harrowing moments later, Bugno got his miracle. “I didn’t know CPR, but I felt [Read More...]

Remembering a remarkable missionary to Appalachia: “He realized that fighting evil meant fighting poverty”

A Catholic priest who founded the Christian Appalachian Project passed away yesterday. Since World War II, Monsignor Ralph Beiting served the people of eastern Kentucky through a series of social service programs. WEKU’s Charles Compton, who knew Beiting, posted this appreciation of a man who must have been an extraordinary priest:  At first, the Reverend Ralph [Read More...]

“Same Call, Different Men”

This sounds like something to put on my “must-read” list.  From U.S. Catholic:  Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II presents a comprehensive portrait of the Catholic priesthood in the United States today based on sociological data on 960 priests and interviews with 60 others, both collected in 2009. First the [Read More...]

Shock: priest deported over homily

It happened in Zambia.  Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass. Edgar Lungu, minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, [Read More...]

Life with Father

Well, I’ve been at sea — in every sense — for the last several days and am finally at a place with an Internet connection that is somewhat better than crappy.  So allow me to the 15th or 20th or 2,000th person to welcome to the Patheos family the freshly minted padre, Fr. Michael Duffy!  [Read More...]

From the archives: “These Hands Bring Me Jesus”

Originally posted August 2010 Periodically, people ask me about the image above, which is the image I use for my Facebook posts.  The brief blog item below from 2010 explains. “These Hands Bring Me Jesus.”  That’s the name of an ambitious, surprisingly powerful project undertaken by photographer Steven Golder. He’s been taking photographs of hands — some [Read More...]


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