Following the Black Sheep Dog down the rabbit hole — UPDATED

I wasn’t planning to re-open this can of worms, but here goes.  I couldn’t help but be shocked by what I discovered late today over at John Corapi’s new website. At the top is the text of his now-infamous farewell to the priesthood — wherein he states, bluntly, “I am not going to be involved [Read More...]

What can an ex-priest do? — UPDATED

With the Corapi news, it’s a question many are asking. A few years ago, Jimmy Akin posted a good and clear-headed summary that, as far as I know, still holds: 1) He can’t celebrate any of the sacraments except for hearing deathbed confessions. It is especially noted that he can’t give homilies. 2) He can’t [Read More...]

Who is Fr. Shawn Ratigan?

The Kansas City Star has done a remarkable job of digging into this headline-making priest‘s early life, including his childhood and years in the seminary: Records from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., show that Ratigan entered the school as a freshman undergraduate in 1996, 12 years after he graduated from high school. And though [Read More...]

Corapi, the morning after — UPDATED

You don’t have to look far to find a lot of wide-ranging reaction to the Big News around the blogosphere. First up, Max Lindenman, who says something a few people have wondered about in e-mails to me: The man is deeply distraught — that much is obvious. I’ll also venture the guess that he’s either [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi speaks: "I'm not going to be involved in ministry as a priest anymore…"

A recorded statement, below … You can also read the text over at his website.  No official statement or reaction yet from his order.  Stay tuned. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has her first reaction to the tape – and it’s similar to my own.  I kept waiting for something, anything, that would point back to God, [Read More...]

Corapi announcement? — UPDATED

A reader posted this in the comments thread of an old post about Fr. John Corapi, and similar statements are hurtling around the Catholic blogosphere tonight.  It evidently comes from a statement distributed to those on Fr. Corapi’s e-mail list: We understand many of you would like an update–any update–on the status of Fr. John [Read More...]

Falsely accused priest "died of a broken heart"

This is the sort of story that rarely gets told. I  posted on this priest’s case over at Beliefnet some months back.  But now columnist Brian McGrory tells more in today’s Boston Globe: The first time the Rev. Charles Murphy was cleared of accusations that he improperly touched a minor, a girl 25 years earlier, [Read More...]

Detroit priest defies archbishop, celebrates mass with "many serious liturgical abuses"

The gathering of the American Catholic Council in Detroit this weekend earned a sharp rebuke from the Archdiocese Sunday, and threats of an investigation. Details, from the Detroit Free Press (H/T to Diane at Te Deum): The top Catholic leader in Michigan slammed a big liberal Mass today in Detroit, saying it had significant abuses [Read More...]

Two brothers ordained priests the same day

When was the last time this happened? Details: Bishop Kevin Rhoades ordained Deacons Matthew Coonan and Terrence “Tink” Coonan, Jr.  into Catholic priesthood in a ceremony Saturday morning. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne was packed for the ordination. The brothers both hold bachelor’s degrees in sacred theology and master of divinity [Read More...]

"I wrestle being part of a church that is sometimes unable to preach the justice it professes…"

That was part of the potent and challenging message of a Catholic priest and theologian who spoke at a recent conference for chaplains in Milwaukee. Details: To achieve a genuine sense of unity within the Catholic Church, parishioners throughout the country need to embrace diversity and put aside prejudices, according to Fr. Bryan Massingale. An [Read More...]


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