Catholic Priest Awarded 2014 Templeton Prize

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Monsignor Tomáš Halík, professor at Charles University in Prague, has been named winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize for religious and spiritual progress.Monsignor Halík, who has taught sociology of religion since 1997, is a convert to Catholicism and cites as influences in his life Mother Teresa, first recipient of the Templeton Prize in 1973, and Catholic novelist Graham Greene.  He is a  onetime Czech political activist and an advocate for religious freedom in Czechoslovakia.  He has wo … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Seminary’s “Black Jesus”: Symbol of God’s Love and of Racial Reconciliation

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I was one of those kids who really wasn't sure what I'd like to do after graduating high school. An honors graduate with specialization in business classes, I found an office job—working as an executive secretary for Michigan Blue Cross-Blue Shield. For several years before beginning college, I boarded a bus each morning for the 15-mile commute to my office in downtown Detroit.So it was that on Monday, July 24, 1967, the day that life changed for the city of Detroit, I was at my desk.In t … [Read more...]

Priestly Sex Abuse: Get the Facts Straight

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Last week on this blog, someone threw a grenade in the combox.  It was one of those unsubstantiated rants, something like, "The Catholic Church should take care of its own business.  Priests abuse children with much greater frequency than people in other helping professions (teachers, ministers, etc.)"It was blatantly untrue, and I called the writer out on it.  The incident reminded me, though, just how much some people still take at face value the untruths and misstatements that are thrown a … [Read more...]