Fr. Fugee Arrested

Details:  A once-accused pedophile priest in New Jersey has been arrested on charges that he violated a judicial order by having contact with young parish members. The Rev. Michael Fugee, 52, was arrested at St. Antoninus Parish in Newark following an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Fugee entered into an agreement with the [Read More…]

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“Diaconate Couples”?

A reader noted the following item, posted by the venerable Fr. Z last weekend. The comments are his. Mine follow at the end. From a reader: Over Mother’s Day weekend I attended mass at a church I do not usually attend. I noticed their bulletin listed a “Deaconite Couple.” Is that allowed? Women aren’t allowed [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Prayer Works Wonders, But We Have to Believe!”

Highlights from the pope’s homily for Monday: Courageous, humble and strong prayer can accomplish miracles: this was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope was commenting on Monday’s Gospel passage which recounts the disciples failure to heal a child; Jesus himself must intervene and laments the disbelief of those present. [Read More…]

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“We Deliver Vocations Which Would Otherwise Be Lost”

From Arkansas comes this profile of  an organization doing the invaluable work of helping young people saddled with debt answer the call to a vocation: Minnesota businessman Cy Laurent remembers the moment the Holy Spirit lit a path for what would become his lay ministry, the Laboure Society. Talking to a young woman about a [Read More…]

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Followup: Worcester Bishop Loses License, Charges Dismissed for DUI

Details:  Bishop Robert J. McManus has lost his license for six months after admitting to refusing a chemical test after his arrest this month on drunken driving charges. The head of the Diocese of Worcester appeared Tuesday at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Wakefield, R.I. Court administrator Thomas Laliberte said Bishop McManus pleaded guilty [Read More…]

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“Cardinal Dolan Would Not, Did Not, Suggest Governor Cuomo Might Not Be a Catholic in Good Standing…”

Details: After New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared to suggest during a radio interview this week that he may not view pro-abortion Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Catholic “in good standing,” the archdiocese has issued a statement saying that this is not the case, and that Dolan’s remark was misunderstood. “Cardinal Dolan would not, and did not, [Read More…]

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Six Years Ago…

What were you doing six years ago today? Happy Anniversary to my brother deacons from Brooklyn: ad multos annos! [Read more…]

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Pope Francis: “We all chat in church!”

Specifically, he was talking about meddling and gossip.  From his homily Saturday: The Christian must overcome the temptation to “interfere in the lives of others,” was the exhortation of Pope Francis at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also stressed that talk and envy do so much harm to the Christian [Read More…]

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Our Pope, the Page-Turner

Pope Francis has sparked a mini publishing boom.  And recently I looked at three new books about him:  While people may have different opinions about Pope Francis, we can all agree on this: he has been very good for the publishing industry. In the short time since his election and inauguration, publishers have rushed to [Read More…]

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Reconciliation Revival?

Priests in one archdiocese are reporting more people celebrating the sacrament:  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted in November to make confession a priority nationwide for this pastLent. At the time, Roman Catholic leaders in the Archdiocese of Hartford were already preparing a Lenten campaign of their own. The archdiocese this year publicized its call [Read More…]

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Congressman: IRS Asked Pro-Life Group About “Content of Prayers”

Details:  During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa. “Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers,’” Schock [Read More…]

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Los Angeles Priest Gets a Letter from the Pope

You may remember the inspiring story of a Jesuit priest in Los Angeles, who sent to the pope some letters from juvenile offenders. Well, the pope wrote back.   The priest who started the ball rolling, Fr. Mike Kennedy, SJ, tells what happened: May 4 was a regular day until I started opening my mail. [Read More…]

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All That Jazz: How F. Scott Fitzgerald Wound Up in a Catholic Cemetery

Some days back, I wrote about the Fitzgerald grave, which rests just outside the church where I was married 27 years ago. The Washington Post recently revisited the churchyard, and offers more about the fabled author’s final resting place: Things have changed for Scott and Zelda. “We usually see a handful of people visiting the cemetery [Read More…]

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Argentinian Tennis Player Gives Pope Francis His Racket

A sweet moment from earlier in the week, via Rome Reports. Watch video below. [Read more…]

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Report: Accused Priests Collecting Mass Stipends—UPDATED

From WLS in Chicago:  Roman Catholic priests who are sex abusers are being paid to handle prayer requests from unsuspecting families. For centuries, the Catholic faithful have arranged masses for sick relatives, deceased loved ones or in the memory of friends. They’re called “intentions” and usually Catholics offer a small donation. The I-Team has discovered [Read More…]

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A Hero Will Rise: Theatergoer Smashes Cell Phone During Performance

How long until we see something like this in church? Details:  We can’t count the number of times we’ve wanted to enact vengeance on some inconsiderate audience member whose cell phone goes off during a performance. But, like most people, we just bottle that fury up deep down inside and take it out on the break [Read More…]

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Why Gosnell Matters: A Catholic Bioethicist’s Response

Another compelling video from Robert Duncan at Catholic News Service. This crystallizes the Kermit Gosnell case in less than three minutes. [Read more…]

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Buenos Aires Launches Pope Francis Bus Tour

The latest brainstorm in Argentina uses one of the pontiff’s favorite forms of transportation to tour high points of his life. From the AP:  The tour leaves out the gritty slums where Bergoglio’s church was a frequent benefactor, but there’s a nod to his reputation for ministering to society’s outcasts: a swing past the Devoto [Read More…]

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