CALL NO MAN FATHER: At Facebook, Priests – NO; Cross-Dressers – YES.

Father on Facebook 1

Last month, the social media giant Facebook cracked down on Catholic clergy, aggressively implementing its longstanding policy which forbids the use of titles or honorifics, forcing priests to remove the title "Father" before their user profile names.The policy is not new; The "Identity and Privacy" policy on Facebook's webpage explains: On Facebook people connect using their real names and identities. In the Help Center, there's a longer explanation of that policy (emphasis … [Read more...]

CORRECTION re. Basilian Father Timothy Scott

Mea culpa.  A few days ago, I reported that Father Timothy Scott had been removed from his position as spokesperson for the Basilian Fathers, after an offensive tweet against Cardinal Raymond Burke.  I had taken that information from several blogs and articles which were circulating on the Internet, showing the tweet and demanding that Father Scott be removed from his post. Yesterday I learned that the story was not completely factual.  The "guts" of the story--that Father Scott tw … [Read more...]

Barron on Merton, On His 100th Birthday

Fr Robert Barron

 Father Robert Barron is the founder of the global ministry Word on Fire, and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary. He is the creator of the award winning documentary series, "Catholicism"  and "Catholicism:The New Evangelization."Here, Father Barron offers his reflections on the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton. *     *     *     *      * I write these words on the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century and a … [Read more...]