I’m Going To Go Out On A Limb Here, And Say I Prefer My Parish Priest To Be Armed Like Sheriff Andy Taylor

Role model.

Which is to say without any temporal weapons.

Unfortunately, the tragedy in the FSSP  parish in Phoenix, Arizona, took a dreadful turn when the surviving priest’s firearm was used in the slaying of young Fr. Kenneth Walker. In case you missed Deacon Greg’s post this morning, there is more information about this in The Week, [Read more...]

9 Catholic Priest Scientists That “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” Never Heard Of UPDATED

Camille Flammarion, L’Atmosphere: : Météorologie Populaire (Paris, 1888), p. 163. Colorized by Susanna J. Magruder. Courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries.

 

The folks at RealClearScience do the heavy lifting that MacFarlane, Tyson, & Co., didn’t do.

Like the belief that vaccines cause autism or that GMOs are unhealthy, the notion that science and religion are in permanent conflict is a myth. This superficial argument persists, no matter how much evidence accumulates against it. Mostly, the controversy is kept alive by a handful of individuals — some more obnoxious than others — who have built their careers encouraging and exploiting discord instead of harmony.

The Catholic Church, of course, is the media’s favorite whipping boy. However, the convenient narrative of a Church waging a two-millennia-long battle against science is drastically undermined by a long and inconvenient history of priests who were also productive scientists. Here are a few of them. [Read more...]

Meet Father Dowling, Accident Scene “Mystery” Priest

Catholic News Service has the scoop,

Jefferson City, Mo., Aug 12, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA).- The mysterious Missouri priest who gave anointing to a woman in her wrecked car near Center, Mo. has been identified as Father Patrick Dowling, of the Diocese of Jefferson City.

“I thank God and the amazingly competent rescue workers,” Fr. Dowling stated today in a comment on CNA’s original article on the Aug. 4 incident. [Read more...]

Meet the “Catholic Whistleblowers,” Learn the Fate of Father Fugee, and Revisit “Lying for Jesus”

You may recall the recent goings on in the Archdiocese of Newark related to the scandal of sexual abuse of minors. Well, a number of priests and religious have banded together to form a posse of sorts, and they call their little band of brethren the Catholic Whistleblowers. Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times shares the story up about them. [Read more...]

Father Robert Barron with a Few Words on the Priesthood

Heh! Neither is Joe Six-Pack. [Read more...]

Best.Beer.Commercial.Ever.

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Stella Artois with a passel of ice-skating priests. They send the novice on a beer run,

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Politics and the Priesthood: The Military Analogy UPDATED

In all the years I’ve sat in pews in the Catholic Church (eighteen as a non-Catholic, and four as a Catholic), I’ve never heard any partisan political words uttered by a parish priest. Maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention, but I don’t think that is the case. Here’s the reason why. [Read more...]


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