Fr. Thomas Belczak, Popular Detroit-Area Priest, Is Cleared of Charges

Bishop Reiss letter

Father Thomas Belczak, the popular pastor of St. Kenneth's Catholic Church in Plymouth, has been reinstated after a nine-month FBI investigation into alleged financial improprieties. He will return to the pulpit on June 27.Father Belczak was suspended from the pastorate in October 2014, pending an investigation into whether he had misused funds intended for the parish. In a letter dated June 20, 2015, Auxiliary Bishop Francis Reiss announced that he will be reinstated, effective June … [Read more...]

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An Unexpected Privilege: The Day I Attended Mass with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!It was September 2003, and I was leading a pilgrimage to Rome for a group of Catholic CEOs, members of Legatus.  We were so busy--Every day of our pilgrimage was filled with tours of historic basilicas, meetings with Vatican officials, lunches and dinners and gelato stands and, of course, daily Mass.  In the entire week we were in Rome, I slept little.  There was only one "free" night, when members of our group were encouraged to explore t … [Read more...]

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So Sad! Fire Destroys Historic French Basilica in Nantes

French mayor - statement re Basilica

Workmen upgrading the waterproofing in the roof of a French basilica may have been responsible for a fire which destroyed much of the historic building's roof and the back section of the building. The Basilica of Saint-Donatien in Nantes erupted in flames just as the morning Mass ended. Worshippers were evacuated from the building, and two workmen were rescued from the roof unharmed. Around 40 firefighters fought the blaze, but the flames spread quickly. Some of the roof's wooden beams have … [Read more...]

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