Former Belgian bishop on his abuse: "a little piece of intimacy"

The mind boggles.  Why is this man still a priest? From the Associated Press: A former Belgian bishop at the center of one of the Roman Catholic church’s biggest pedophile scandals said Thursday that he had abused two nephews and insisted he had no plans to abandon the priesthood. In his first television interview since [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated, Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources… …A [Read More...]

Fun fact to share at Friday's fish fry: half of our bishops are Benedict's

From the USCCB: This month brings the sixth anniversary of the pope’s election — a brief length of time for an institution that “thinks in centuries” — yet of the178 Latin rite dioceses and archdiocese in the U.S., 86, or 48 percent of them, are headed by bishops appointed by this pope. Take into account [Read More...]

A mitre in the marathon: meet the bishop who's also a runner

St. Paul famously compared his faith to a race.  Well, here’s a disciple who takes that idea to a whole new level. From St. Louis Today: Cross, ring, mitre, staff: symbols of the office that place Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice near the head of the Roman Catholic Church in St. Louis. Rice will put [Read More...]

"Married clergy is not why we have so many young priests…"

The Eastern church’s new young archbishop sat down for a chat with CNS this week. And he had some interesting things to say about his church and vocations: The new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, its youngest bishop, said he believes the other bishops elected him to promote unity within the church and with [Read More...]


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