Prayer Need: Priest Murdered in Rectory on New Year’s Eve

Fr. Eric Freed (Photo from Humboldt State University Religious Studies Dept.)

Father Eric Freed was a busy guy:  The popular priest was pastor of St. Bernard parish in Eureka, California since 2011; he also taught in the Religious Studies Department at Humboldt State University and served as director of the Newman Center on campus.But sometime between 6:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve and 9:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Father Eric’s life was cut short by an unknown assailant in the rectory where he lived.According to reports, when Father Freed didn’t show up for morning Mass, … [Read more...]

A Happy Ending to USF “Priest=Toilet” Controversy

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A few days ago, I told you the story of an anti-religious incident at the University of South Florida, in which a professor had equated priests with excrement.  I had contacted the professor, Dr. Timothy Weil, for comment; but instead, I received a response from his dean, Dr. Julianne Serovich.  The case was being reviewed, she assured me, and a response would be sent to the Catholic League.I expected the usual “academic-freedom-blah-blah” sort of statement to be issued by USF.  I expected a … [Read more...]

Priest = Toilet? Professor’s Crude Analogy Draws Fire from Catholics – UPDATED

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A college professor holds up a picture showing a priest holding a crucifix on one side, and a toilet on the other side.  Between the two images is an equal sign.“What does this mean?” he asks his audience.Someone quickly yells, “They’re both full of shit!”The audience laughs; and the professor gleefully strolls around the classroom, repeating the refrain. *     *     *     *Does this bother you?  Well, it bothers the Catholic League; and it bothers me.I’m bothered o … [Read more...]