Archdiocesan Employee Accused of Sexual Abuse Is Fired, Arrested

Joe Sturza, from his Facebook page

A sad story today from the Archdiocese of Detroit:  Joseph Peter Sturza, who worked as director of admissions at Austin Catholic Academy in Ray Township as well as serving as a youth minister at St. Isidore Catholic parish in Macomb Township, has been arrested for child sexual abusive activity. Sturza apparently was popular with his neighbors, who described him as "a great guy" who was "always willing to help."  He also had earned the trust of parents, and some on-line comments insist that he we … [Read more...]

Planning a Catholic Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving w Fr Roderick

Hey, Catholics!  Does your Thanksgiving look any different from anyone else's?If the mention of Thanksgiving brings to mind images of  plates overflowing with turkey and stuffing, triptophan-induced afternoon naps, and football, maybe there's something you could do to kick it up a notch--and to really do what the holiday suggests, and Be Thankful!Our parish is one of several parishes which helps out on Thanksgiving morning at a local soup kitchen, serving turkey and all the trimmings to t … [Read more...]

Detroit Archbishop Quashes Gay Rights Speaker

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has refused permission for a pro-gay rights speaker, head of an organization which has been censured by the Vatican, to speak at a Detroit-area parish.Francis DeBernardo, executive director of the Maryland-based New Ways Ministry, was scheduled to speak at Christ the King parish in northwest Detroit on Saturday, November 22.  He was to address the Fortunate Families support group, an organization of parents and others who have family members who … [Read more...]