Abuse report: 11 “credible allegations” against clergy in 2012

Details:  The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20% decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. [Read More…]

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Vocations to diaconate have increased over 40% in Europe and U.S. in past decade

From the Vatican Radio:  The number of Catholics globally remains largely unchanged at 1214 million, rising only slightly higher than global population growth for the 2010/2011 period. The number of priests (religious and diocesan) has grown, largely thanks to a rise in vocations in Asia and Africa which has helped balance the continued decline in [Read More…]

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“Phenomenal”: Officer reunited with suicidal man whose life he saved eight years ago

How’s this for a pro-life story?  Details:  A San Francisco man who almost took his life eight years ago by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge has been reunited with the hero who saved his life. Kevin Berthia was perched on the iconic bridge ready to take a fatal leap on March 11, 2005, when [Read More…]

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Karaoke at the gas pump!

From The Tonight Show last week. What happened next?  Check out the followup.     [Read more…]

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Legion of Christ priest: “What God expects of me now is to care for my child and his mother”

Details:  A prominent American priest of the Legion of Christ religious order has decided to leave the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child years ago. The Legion said Saturday the Rev. Thomas Williams, a moral theologian, author, lecturer and television personality, had asked Pope Francis to be relieved of his celibacy and other priestly [Read More…]

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First look: the new deacons of Baltimore

A shout-out to my friend Deacon Sean Keller, who received the sacrament of Holy Orders yesterday along with 15 other men in the Archdiocese of Baltimore in my beautiful home state of Maryland. (The pictures here are cribbed from the good deacon’s Facebook page. He’s the tall one. He will be an invaluable gift to [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: the story so far

This weekend marks the Holy Father’s two-month anniversary (!).  Vatican Insider sums it up so far: What has Bergoglio done in the two months since he was elected Pope and what kind of a Pope has he been? Fondness and confessions The wave of affection for the new Pope is undeniable, with requests to attend [Read More…]

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Remembering Fr. Scott Carroll: “He wanted to be a priest”

Here, from the Toledo Blade, is the obituary for the man who was a priest for just 40 hours:  The Rev. Scott R. Carroll, who sustained his interest in becoming a Roman Catholic priest through an 18-year career as a middle school teacher and coach, died Friday in the Maumee home of his father, Robert. [Read More…]

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Mother’s Day

  REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. [Read More…]

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Must-see video: what is love?

Take three minutes out of your day and be moved beyond words. This beautiful video looks at two people who are living the answer to that question—”What is love?”— every moment of their lives. God bless ’em. [Read more…]

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Homily for May 12, 2013, 7th Sunday of Easter: The Gift

[Click here for readings.] Last December, just before Christmas, Esquire magazine as public service published an important piece of journalism: “What To Give the Man Who Has Everything.” It turns out if you want to give something to the man who has everything, you have to have everything yourself. It’s not cheap. On their list: [Read More…]

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More Latinos leaving Catholic Church for Evangelical churches

An explanation:  Alfredo De Jesus is a fire-and-brimstone preacher who represents a global groundswell of Hispanics who’ve left the Catholic Church to become Protestant Evangelical Christians. De Jesus pastors the New Life Church in Chicago, helping to expand it from 120 members in 2000 to over 17,000 today on multiple campuses. “In the Evangelical church, [Read More…]

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Homiletics: “There’s an elephant in the living room…”

How one priest does it: A local minister once likened writing a Sunday sermon to doing a school research paper every single week —— a daunting task, when viewed in that light. Fr. Joseph Levine, pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles, shared his process for preparing a homily, as a sermon is [Read More…]

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For Mother’s Day: “She’s my best friend…”

A New Jersey priest has written a song celebrating mothers, and now the video is catching on. From the Catholic Star Herald in Camden: Pure Jerzy Kidz, a choir that includes children from five South Jersey schools, was formed to sing “Mom,” a song with lyrics by Father Edward Namiotka, pastor of St. Joseph Parish [Read More…]

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Cardinal O’Malley will boycott Boston College commencement

From the Cardinal Newman Society:  Archdiocese of Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley said today that he plans to boycott Boston College’s commencement ceremony May 20 because it will feature Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as its commencement speaker. The College is scheduled to award Kenny an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kenny supports loosening the country’s legislation [Read More…]

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Priest dies two days after ordination —UPDATED

A followup to the story I posted the other day on Fr. Scott Caroll. This email arrived today from Toledo: Father Scott Carroll, who was ordained last Wednesday, died early this morning, Friday, May 10, 2013. Arrangements are pending and will be forwarded to you as soon as they are known. Please pray for the [Read More…]

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Despite official rebuke, Cardinal Mahony maintains high public profile

From the Los Angeles Times:  When Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of public duties for mishandling clergy sex abuse cases, a church spokesman said the retired prelate’s life would remain largely the same with one exception: confirmations. No longer would Mahony preside at springtime rites in which teenagers receive the sacrament that [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 7 new deacons in Camden

From the Catholic Star Herald:  On May 4 at Church of the Incarnation in Mantua, Bishop Dennis Sullivan ordained seven men to the order of the diaconate. After the calling and presentation of the candidates, litany of supplication (above), and laying on of hands, the candidates were vested with the stole and dalmatic. The new [Read More…]

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