Ohio teacher claims she was fired over pregnancy, sues archdiocese

Details:  A former first-grade teacher at Kettering’s Ascension Catholic School is suing the school, Ascension Church and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati in federal court, saying officials discriminated against her a year ago when they fired the unmarried woman after she told the principal about her pregnancy. Kathleen Quinlan of Kettering, who has since [Read More...]

No soup for you: Ohio Catholic charity upset about Ryan photo op

Details: The food had been served, the patrons were long gone, and the cutlery cleaned when Rep. Paul Ryan, his wife, three kids and photographers pulled up Saturday at a St. Vincent de Paul food kitchen in Youngstown Ohio. Ryan and his wife put on aprons and washed several pans that already appeared to be [Read More...]

Meet an undecided Catholic voter: African-American widow from Ohio who attends Mass daily

From CNN, an interesting glimpse at someone who could hold the future in her hands: The economy is Topic A for many in this battleground state as the November 6 election nears. They want to hear the presidential candidates answer the question: How will they get America working again? Voters here also care about poverty [Read More...]

Ohio gets another basilica

This happened in June, but it hit the local paper yesterday.   Details: Historic St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 627 McKinley Ave. NW has been elevated to a “minor basilica” by the Vatican. It’s now called the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. According to the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, a decree granting the [Read More...]

Lift high the cross—and the pelican, too

My blogging colleague Joanne McPortland has this story up over at her place, and my palm instantly went to my forehead: STEUBENVILLE – City officials agreed Tuesday night to change the city logo after a Madison, Wis., organization threatened legal action. Law Director S. Gary Repella announced the decision following a 15-minute closed-door meeting with [Read More...]

33 years later, man receives forgiveness for shooting police officer and is received into the Catholic Church

A stunning story of forgiveness in Ohio.  (H/T New Advent.): Ron McClary, debilitated by multiple sclerosis, lay on a stretcher yesterday at Holy Family church and tried to speak as the widow of the Columbus police officer he shot in 1979 placed her hand on his arm. As he struggled, she stopped him. “I forgive [Read More...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons for Toledo

Below, the first pictures of the recent ordination of deacons in the Diocese of Toledo.  You can read and see more at this link. Congratulations!  Ad multos annos! Photos by Laurie Stevens Bertke [Read more...]

Holy Toledo: 9 to be ordained today in Ohio

The diocesan paper doesn’t appear to have anything about this, but the local secular press does: Nine men from throughout the 19-county Toledo Catholic Diocese will be ordained as deacons Saturday by Bishop Leonard Blair in a Mass at Rosary Cathedral. Msgr. William Kubacki, director of formation for the permanent diaconate, said this is the [Read More...]

The accountant who became a bishop

The Cincinnati Enquirer (via USA TODAY) has an interesting look at Ohio’s new auxiliary, and his unusual journey into the priesthood. Details: Bishop Joe Binzer worked in the business world for a decade before entering the seminary and in June became the region’s highest-ranking Catholic leader behind Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. The former accountant, whose style [Read More...]

The homeless man with the golden voice

This story speaks for itself — literally.  Just watch. You can read more about him at this link. UPDATE:  Turns out there’s a nice epilogue to the story! [Read more...]