Called to preach: how a priest overcame stuttering

Here’s a remarkable story of a priest who conquered an all-too-common (and for many, terrifying) problem: The last thing a priest wants to do at a funeral is mess up the name of the deceased. For one funeral in 1973, this was Monsignor John K. Cody’s biggest fear. So he practiced speaking the woman’s name, [Read More...]

For those who may be wondering …

…No. EWTN has not returned to broadcasting Fr. Corapi.  This discussion was heating up Facebook this morning. The Anchoress did some digging and explains why some are now hearing him on their radio. [Read more...]

On Fr. Benedict Groeschel: "He was not a stereotypical saint"

While a lot of attention these days is focused on a celebrated priest who until recently was a star on EWTN, one blogger, Daniel Nichols, is taking a fond look at another, very different EWTN star, Fr. Benedict Groeschel: I was among the first postulants when the  community he  helped found broke away from the Capuchins to live [Read More...]

A really late vocation: widower enters seminary at 67

All I can say is: Wow.  God bless him. Read all about it: One day after his 67th birthday in January, Jack Sidler traded in his 2,200-square-foot house for a 10-foot-by-11-foot dormitory room in Hales Corners, Wis. He traded in his retirement lifestyle — which included spending time with his three grown children and five [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi updates: his case, and his order

The National Catholic Register has posted a couple good updates on the still-unfolding story of Fr. Corapi. First, a round-up of the case, and what is known and what isn’t. Secondly, an interview with a representative from Fr. Corapi’s order, The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Both are worth a [Read More...]

Warning: Fr. Ray Bourgeois facing dismissal over women's ordination

A prominent priest may soon be removed from his order over his very public support of women priests. From the National Catholic Reporter: Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois, the longtime peace activist and founder of SOA Watch, has received a letter from his order giving him 15 days to “publicly recant” his support of women’s ordination [Read More...]

Ex-priest strikes back, sues his accuser

He was laicized, but that doesn’t mean he’s been silenced. Details, from the New York Daily News: A once-prominent Bronx priest who was defrocked after a church tribunal found him guilty of sexually abusing a teen is suing his accuser for defamation. Charles Kavanagh, who was once in charge of the archdiocese’s fund-raising arm, claimed in [Read More...]

In praise of the "necessary others"

I’ve posted a lot of items around here about wearing the Roman collar.  Elizabeth Scalia has a few choice thoughts about those who do — and suffer because of it: When Buddhist monks and nuns go out in public wearing their robes, they usually get some curious looks, but they’re not harangued for their vows [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi's order says investigation has not yet begun

And the Diocese of Corpus Christi disputes a characterization posted on Fr. Corapi’s website, claiming that it was a bishop who suspended the priest. Details, from Catholic News Service: Marty Wind, director of communications for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, disputed (Bobbi) Ruffatto’s claim that Bishop Mulvey placed Father Corapi on leave. He said the [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi update: "The unsubstantiated rant of a former employee" — UPDATED

Santa Cruz Media, which owns and distributes Fr. John Corapi’s CDs and DVDs has posted the following statement on his website: We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although [Read More...]