Father Oscar Huber, the Priest Who Administered Last Rites to JFK

John F. Kennedy was America’s first Catholic president.So when he was shot in Dallas on that terrible day, fifty years ago, they called for a priest to come and administer the last rites of the Church in the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital.The priest who responded was a Vincentian priest, Father Oscar L. Huber, who served at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Oak Lawn community of Dallas.  Father Huber later described in an interview what he saw there in the emergency ro … [Read more...]

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Is This News? German Bishops Withhold Sacraments from the “Un-baptized”

In January 2012, I wrote about the growing trend among Europeans to request that they be “unbaptized”—that is, not content to merely stop attending Mass on Sunday, they wanted to be formally removed from the rolls at their local Catholic parish, and to have any record of their baptism expunged.  They wanted to be "unbaptized."Of course, that’s not possible.  As I wrote before, the Sacrament of Baptism leaves an indelible mark on the soul, and formal resignation from the Church does not oblite … [Read more...]

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The Seal of Confession: Media Goes for Drama Over Accuracy

  “Are church confessions safe?” – CBS Detroit “Can religious confessions be used against you?” – Detroit Free Press “Pastor-parishioner privilege?  Court of Appeals to hear arguments” – M-Live.com  All of the above headlines refer to a case which is being adjudicated this week by a three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel. And all of them misunderstand at least some aspect of the Sacrament of Confession. Some Things to Know Up FrontConfession (big “C”) is a Sacrament in the … [Read more...]

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