Cleared Chicago priest under investigation again, but will remain in ministry

You may remember this story from just last week.  The priest at the center of it is now facing new charges. From The Chicago Sun-Times: A Chicago Catholic priest, who became the subject of a second child abuse allegation on Monday, will remain in active ministry but will not be alone with children, the archdiocese [Read More...]

Priest ordered to stop involvement in “Pope Francis House of Hope” for addicts

Details:  The Rev. John Stabeno calls his Monday-night meetings a sobering dose of “reality.” In the basement of St. Charles Borromeo, dozens of drug addicts and alcoholics and their family members meet weekly to vent, cry, laugh, and smile. Stabeno, a 14-year priest in the Diocese of Camden, says he tries to keep it real [Read More...]

An Easter message from a dying priest: “My faith in the Resurrection is the reason for my hope”

This email was forwarded to me last night. It comes from Father Tom Wehinger in the Diocese of Toledo, who sent it around to clergy in the diocese on Monday: After five weeks of illness, I have been diagnosed with liver cancer – stage four. The cancer is too advanced for having any kind of [Read More...]

Cleared: Chicago priest reinstated in parish after board calls sexual misconduct charges “unfounded”

A reader sent this my way with a note: “People need to know that sometimes allegations against priests are unfounded.”  He’s right. These kinds of stories don’t get reported often enough. From The Chicago Tribune: A priest has been reinstated to a parish in the Lakeview neighborhood after an investigation concluded that an allegation of [Read More...]

Encore: The Singing Priest, Fr. Ray Kelly, talks about his “Hallelujah” wedding song—UPDATED

He appeared on RTE’s “The Late Late Show” a few nights back.  He performed an encore of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” just as he did at the wedding, and talked about that phenomenal (and controversial) moment below. UPDATE: Writing at Catholic Vote, Kate O’Hare offers some poignant, hopeful thoughts on this phenomenon, and what it might [Read More...]

Priest behind the iBreviary launches an Arabic version, in challenge to censorship

Details: A tech-savvy priest who has worked on social media technology for the Vatican is launching a new app he claims will challenge censorship of Christian prayers in Muslim countries. Launched on Saturday through iTunes, iBreviary in Arabic will give Arabic-speaking priests all the daily prayers they need on their iPhones, enabling them to skirt [Read More...]

Bishop: Pope Francis says married men could be ordained priests, if bishops want it

From The Tablet in London:  A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination of “proven” married men – viri probati – in a serious and positive way. Bishop Erwin Kräutler, Bishop of Xingu in the [Read More...]

Appeals court overturns priest’s conviction

Potentially significant? Details:  A Roman Catholic priest from a St. Paul parish saw his sexual misconduct conviction overturned Monday by the state Court of Appeals in a ruling with broader implications for cases involving allegations of clergy abuse. The ruling created a higher bar for prosecutors and a new avenue of defense for accused clergy. Ramsey County [Read More...]

Report: Jesuit priest shot dead in Homs, Syria

From The Catholic Herald:  A Dutch Jesuit priest who chose to remain in the beseiged city of Homs to care for its starving population has been shot dead, according to media reports. Fr Frans van der Lugt, a 75-year-old psychologist, had remained in the rebel-controlled Old City throughout the siege, which is now over 600-days [Read More...]

Pope reflects on Holy Orders

Image: The Ordination of St. Lawrence by Fra Angelico From Vatican Radio: Greeting thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the sacrament of Holy Orders, praying that the Lord may provide holy, generous and merciful pastors for his Church. Please find below the text [Read More...]