Nonpracticing Detroit-Area Priest Gets 16-Year Sentence in Porn Case

Nonpracticing Catholic priest Timothy Murray

Timothy Murray, a nonpracticing Catholic priest, was sentenced today to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for possession and distribution of child pornography.In 2004, Murray was pastor of St. Edith Catholic Church in Livonia, Michigan when reports surfaced that he had abused a 13-year-old boy at another parish where he had served in the mid-1980s.   The Archdiocese of Detroit immediately removed him from ministry, although at the time, Michigan's statute of limitations meant that M … [Read more...]

Sex, Lies, Murder, Intimidation, Drugs, a Defrocked Priest: This Case Has It All

Scales of Justice

The following may be the worst story I've ever reported.  After writing this, I think I'll need a shower.  *     *     *     *     * Ten years ago, defrocked priest Joseph Pilger was brutally murdered, beaten to death in his home by an intruder with a pickaxe.Until now, this is how the story’s been told: Pilger was a former priest who had a history of sexual abuse of children.  He had pled guilty in the 1960s and then had received treatment at a clinic which treated pedophiles.  Effort … [Read more...]

MATTHEW TALBOT: Inspiration and Hope for Alcoholics


He was not wealthy.He was not educated.He was not well known.He was an alcoholic.But Matthew Talbot is on his way to becoming a saint.  *     *     *     *     *  Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of twelve children.  His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers.Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a wine merchant’s shop. It was there he began drinking, and he continued to drink … [Read more...]