Disgraced Priest Fr. Edward Belczak Sentenced to Prison

It's a story of sin and deception, forgiveness and remorse. On December 1, Father Edward Belczak, former pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing more than half a million dollars from the parish.But despite Fr. Belczak's admission of guilt in the case, parishioners and friends have been generous in their support. When the priest was removed from the pastorate in January 2013 as the investigation began, his former … [Read more...]

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The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

We've had an interesting visitor in my hometown of Detroit this week.  An icon of St. Anna, the mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, was displayed on Saturday at historic Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit. The Icon, which is considered to have miraculous properties, is currently on a tour of religious centers in the region.On Saturday, the Very Rev. Lev Kopistiansky, rector at Holy Trinity, and  Archimandrite Athanasy, rector of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery in Pennsylvania, conducted a pr … [Read more...]

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New Book Tells the Story of Mike Huckabee: A Man of the People

When I heard that the Patheos Book Club was featuring Scott Lamb's new authorized biography of presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, I got in line for the chance to review it. During this campaign season, I intend to talk about the candidates, individually and together; and I want to be well informed.I'm so glad to have read this book--but perhaps not for the reasons I expected. Mike Huckabee is so likeable, and I found his life story to be an encouragement to Americans of ordinary means, … [Read more...]

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