Disgraced Priest Fr. Edward Belczak Sentenced to Prison

It's a story of sin and deception, forgiveness and remorse. On December 1, Father Edward Belczak, former pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing more than half a million dollars from the parish.But despite Fr. Belczak's admission of guilt in the case, parishioners and friends have been generous in their support. When the priest was removed from the pastorate in January 2013 as the investigation began, his former … [Read more...]

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He’s OUT! Polish Bishop Laicizes Priest Who “Came Out” on Eve of Synod

The Polish priest who declared his homosexuality on the eve of the Synod on the Family, Fr. Krysztof Charamsa, has been laicized. Bishop Ryszard Kasyno, bishop of Pelplin (Poland), sent a letter to Fr. Charamsa on Wednesday, October 21, notifying him that he may no longer celebrate Mass, administer the sacraments or wear a cassock. The action against Fr. Charamsa comes as no surprise, considering the priest's carefully executed attack on the Church he served. Charamsa, who held a press … [Read more...]

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Vatican, Polish Bishop Respond Quickly After Priest “Comes Out” as Gay

You probably saw the news today:  A Polish priest serving as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome came out as gay. More than that, Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa expressed happiness and pride at being a "gay priest," and reported that he has a boyfriend with whom he enjoys a close relationship.Father Charamsa, who has lived in Rome for 17 years, also serves as assistant secretary of the International Theological Commission and teaches theology at two of Rome’s Pont … [Read more...]

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