Priest Accused of Abuse Drops Another Shocker: He’s Married

Priest with rosary

Oh, no.  This is just so sad. A British court is about to reach a verdict in a sexual assault case against Father William Finnegan, pastor of St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church in Fagley, Bradford.  According to a report in the Daily Mail, Father Finnegan is accused of forcibly kissing and inappropriately touching a 17-year-old girl last Easter Sunday. The priest insists that he was not at fault—that in fact, the teenager had initiated the encounter, kissing him on the lips, and … [Read more...]

About That Beautiful Marian Basilica….

Basilica of Saint Mary Major - Interior 1

Early on the morning of March 14, on the first full day of his pontificate, Pope Francis paid a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major).   There, he presented the Virgin with a bouquet of flowers and spent half an hour in prayer. Again flashing that irresistible humility, he asked that the basilica be kept open to the public during his visit.  “I’m a pilgrim,” he said, “and I just want to be one among the pilgrims.”  However, in that case his wishes did … [Read more...]

Photoshop Ruins Everything!

Two popes

I posted this.  It was an Internet sensation.  Everyone I’d ever met "liked" it.  Within minutes, 78 people had shared it. And then I saw this.  This photo of Pope Benedict (in papal white) and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (in black) was taken at the Vatican on January 13, 2007.  I pulled my first photo off the web, before it further cluttered the cloud with its particular brand of clerical nonreality. When it’s possible to remove ex-girlfriends from photos, photobomb … [Read more...]


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