Archbishop Joseph Naumann Replaces Finn, Signalling Change in Missouri Diocese

Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Finn may not have been aware of Ratigan's actions, but he should have been. There is no excuse for a bishop to ignore even the hint of sexual abuse in the Church; and whether or not his critics have ulterior motives for wanting him gone, his resignation was necessary. Even Finn's defenders must agree that the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is hurting badly, and Bishop Finn's presence as leader was only prolonging the pain. He could not effectively lead the diocese, and the Vatican must make … [Read more...]

Supreme Court will not hear confession confidentiality petition

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By Ib Rasmussen (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Not good: U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Baton Rouge Catholic confession case.Backstory: A young woman is going to testify in a civil suit against the Diocese of Baton Rouge. She says that, when she was a girl, she revealed during confession that a member of the parish (who has since died) was molesting her, and that the priest told her she should hush it up.Every priest who hears something during confession is morally o … [Read more...]

They keep telling me to look at the fruits of the Legion of Christ.

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 Well, the harvest keeps rolling in. Here's the latest installment: An Irish-born Chilean priest convicted of sexually abusing a minor while chaplain at a school in Santiago was sentenced to four years of probation Tuesday.A court in the Chilean capital also banned the Rev. John O'Reilly from any job near children and ordered that his genetic data be added to a registry for abusers.O'Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing, was not present during the sentencing. Prosecutors had … [Read more...]

Is Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger worthy of the priesthood?

The great Elizabeth Scalia points out that prophets, like seminarians, tend to have something in common: they are mighty reluctant to take the job that heaven foists on them.  They may certainly feel called, but they do not feel worthy -- and they do not expect to slither comfortably into their vocations. We start with our unworthiness, and we proceed to God's mercy. That is the only path. There is no other path. Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Gay Man Refused Last Rites?

Or something else entirely?  His story stinks to high heaven, and if the priest has another one, I doubt he's free to tell it.Link doesn't seem to be working for everyone.  If you can't access the story through the link above, you can cut and paste this:http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/gay-man-refused-last-rites … [Read more...]

Yet another reason the all male priesthood makes sense

Chatting on Facebook about how nice it would be to hear more from men about NFP -- and how tricky it was for me to try to address men, as someone who is not their wife or mother.   We had the following exchange: Barbara Cobb: "In general men are more willing to accept direction from other men rather than women, including or especially their wives. I think that's why God in His wisdom set up an all-male priesthood."Me:  "Wow, I never thought of that. How many men would go to a woman priest f … [Read more...]


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