British Priest Who Died During “the Troubles”: “I Am Only Doing God’s Will”

Funeral for Fr. Gerard Weston

The paratroop brigade thought the world of him.  His friends described him as "gay, outgoing, generous and energetic."On February 22, 1972, Fr. Gerard Weston, chaplain with the Paratroop Regiment in Belfast, died along with six civilians when the Irish Republican Army detonated a car bomb at Aldershot, a town southwest of London.  It was the first major act of war against the British Army on English soil.The young priest had been ordained by Archbishop Heenan in 1960, and spent his first … [Read more...]

Nonpracticing Detroit-Area Priest Gets 16-Year Sentence in Porn Case

Nonpracticing Catholic priest Timothy Murray

Timothy Murray, a nonpracticing Catholic priest, was sentenced today to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for possession and distribution of child pornography.In 2004, Murray was pastor of St. Edith Catholic Church in Livonia, Michigan when reports surfaced that he had abused a 13-year-old boy at another parish where he had served in the mid-1980s.   The Archdiocese of Detroit immediately removed him from ministry, although at the time, Michigan's statute of limitations meant that M … [Read more...]

“You Have Suffered Much”: Legionaries of Christ Start a New Chapter

Legionaries of Christ

 Finally, after scandals and controversies plagued the Legionaries of Christ necessitating an apostolic visitation, the order is moving on with a revitalized charism of service.After a three and a half year review, the Legionaries will this week appoint a new government and approve new constitutions which will govern the organization into the future.  On January 8, the Extraordinary General Chapter began with a Mass at the Legion’s Centre for Higher Studies in Rome.  Preceding the Ma … [Read more...]