Ordination preview: new deacons for Boston

From the Boston Pilot:  Cardinal Seán O’Malley will celebrate the Rite of Ordination to the Order of Deacon for 10 candidates at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 22. Louis J. Piazza, a deacon candidate of the class of 2012, explained the significance of the rite and gave a bit of insight into the [Read More...]

Kennedy widow: “It would be impossible to unravel my faith from the other aspects of my life”

She delivered the controversial commencement speech at Boston College today. Details: Victoria Reggie Kennedy called on Boston College law graduates Friday to seek change and justice by uniting people, invoking a practice she said her late husband Edward M. Kennedy embraced as a senator for 46 years. Kennedy did not touch upon how another Catholic [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley on controversial editor: “He has done an extraordinary job…”

The editor who pilots The Pilot — the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Boston — was profiled this weekend in the Boston Globe: He published a column two weeks ago suggesting that homosexuality is caused by the devil. The uproar had barely faded when, a week later, The Pilot enraged priest abuse victims with a [Read More...]

Boston Catholic paper withdraws column suggesting same-sex attraction is the work of the devil — UPDATED

Details: The column, which appeared Friday in the Archdiocese of Boston’s official newspaper, The Pilot, was titled “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction.” It was written by Daniel Avila, an associate director for policy and research for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the column, Avila says “the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction [Read More...]

Ordination update: baker's dozen in Boston

The big news, from The Pilot: On a crisp, sunny, September morning at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained 13 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Boston. Deacons David A. Brooks, Christopher Z. Connelly, Paul David Coughlin, Joseph Bryere Guerrier, Geoffrey W. Higgins, Joseph J. Hopgood, Cheonil Kim, [Read More...]

Boston posts list of accused priests

It happened Thursday afternoon.  Details, from the Boston Globe. Nearly 10 years after a worldwide clergy sexual abuse crisis erupted in the Boston Archdiocese, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley today released a long-awaited roster of 159 archdiocesan clerics who have been accused of sexually abusing children. But O’Malley’s action was immediately criticized by Attorney General Martha [Read More...]

A priest-painter who's "not afraid to push the envelope"

He’s attracting a lot of attention as he opens a new show near Boston. From the Boston Globe: John Frederick Arens is a cutting-edge artist. His Allston studio is stuffed from floor to ceiling with paintings of every size. Stacks of small, colorful abstracts jostle for space in the shadow of a 6-foot blue mammoth. [Read More...]

Gay mass goes on at Boston parish

It made headlines last month when it was scheduled, then cancelled — but the controversial “Rainbow Mass” finally went on yesterday. The Boston Globe was there: The Rainbow Ministry of St. Cecilia’s Church opened its doors to nearly 700 people yesterday for a long-awaited Mass in support of gay and lesbian Catholics, capping a month [Read More...]

The reality TV that wasn't: how CBS faked the Fourth

What you see below never happened. Read all about it: Those who watched Boston’s revered Fourth of July celebration Monday night on CBS were treated to spectacular views of fireworks exploding behind the State House, Quincy Market, and home plate at Fenway Park, among other places – great views, until you consider that they were [Read More...]

Boston convert launches new order of sisters

And, it’s the first new order of its kind in over 60 years. Details: It was May 2001 when Sister Olga Yaqob arrived in Boston. She had graduated top of the class in seminary in her native Iraq and was offered a scholarship to study ministry and spirituality at Boston College. First, she had to [Read More...]


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