Mayberry Revisited: Does God Hate Guns?

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Last week,the issue of gun control came to the fore here in southeastern Michigan.   That's because a local Ann Arbor pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, announced to his congregation that there would be a four-hour Concealed Pistol License (CPL) class at the parish.In a letter to parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church, Father Fride explained that the class would be offered on two or more Saturdays, and he encouraged people to take advantage of it.  "We're not in Mayberry any more," Father Fride w … [Read more...]

Thieves Rob Detroit-Area Chaldean Church–But Camera Catches All

St Thomas Chaldean Church

Three men robbed St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church in West Bloomfield, Michigan on the morning after Easter, when there was an unusually large amount of cash on hand--but all three criminals were caught on surveillance video, and chances are that they'll be caught soon. The Chaldean News reports that the men first visited the St. Thomas Grotto, located at the rear of the church, at about 2:40 a.m. on Monday, April 6.  According to their report:Video surveillance shows two of the men ente … [Read more...]

GOOD FRIDAY: “Praying the Steps” Is a Cincinnati Tradition

Image courtesy of Holy Cross Immaculata parish

A PRAYERFUL TRADITIONAtop Mount Adams, the highest point in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands Holy Cross Immaculata Church.  Overlooking the downtown area and the Ohio River, it is a beacon of faith to local Catholics.And each year on Good Friday, pilgrims from the local community and around the world flock to the historic church for a 155-year-old tradition called "Praying the Steps."From midnight on Holy Thursday until midnight on Good Friday, more than 10,000 pilgrims climb the long … [Read more...]