February 22, 2019

Not all abusers are treated the same way in every country, as The Wall Street Journal makes clear: One Sunday morning last year, the Rev. Jacek Wentczuk stood before his congregation and made a startling admission. He was a convicted sex offender, he said, found guilty in 2012 of molesting a 15-year-old girl in a nearby town. His bishop was considering transferring him. Parishioners rallied to the side of the popular Catholic priest, who insisted he had done nothing wrong…. Read more

February 22, 2019

Excuse me, there’s something in my eye. (Pause to blow nose to stop sniffling) This is just spectacularly wonderful: a military dad gives his wife the surprise of a lifetime. Just watch. Read more

February 22, 2019

Hundreds of years of tradition are about to fall by the wayside. From the BBC:  A weekly Sunday service will no longer be compulsory for churches after a vote to change a 400-year-old law was passed by the Church of England’s ruling body. The General Synod voted to end the law – dating back to 1603 – which required priests to hold a Sunday service in every church they looked after. The Bishop of Willesden, who proposed the change, called… Read more

February 21, 2019

I’ve been noticing this myself, and Elizabeth Scalia sums it all up:  “I am so done.” “I just can’t anymore.” Some variation of these two phrases are littered throughout the email and private messages I’m getting from fellow Catholics who have been “hanging in and hanging on” since last summer’s revelations about both the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and the ongoing saga of former Cardinal, former Archbishop, former priest Theodore McCarrick. Faithful Catholics who have been doggedly digging in their heals and… Read more

February 21, 2019

From CNS:  Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, “The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures” to stop abuse. The summit meeting Feb. 21-24 brought together almost 190 church leaders: the presidents of national bishops’ conferences, the heads of the Eastern Catholic churches, superiors of some men’s and women’s religious orders and top Vatican officials. In his… Read more

February 20, 2019

This is, in every sense, very cool:  Famous actor Tom Hanks visited the Orthodox church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Antarctica at the Russian polar station “Bellingshausen” on Waterloo Island, Deacon Maxim Gerb, a cleric of the church in Antarctica, told the journal Foma. “Many interesting people visit our church, including Tom Hanks who was recently sailing past our island on a yacht. He is a very open and friendly person. After he lit some candles I suggested to him to… Read more

February 19, 2019

From the blog of Hemmer Law:  Today, Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry filed their first lawsuit on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann against The Washington Post. The lawsuit filed is included below. The suit seeks $250 million in both compensatory and punitive damages. Lin and Todd will continue to bring wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family. This is only the beginning. Among the details: In a span… Read more

February 19, 2019

My blog neighbor Kate O’Hare has the full story and interview with the headline-making hitmaker right here.  Meantime, check out the singing nun’s interpretation of Lady Gaga’s hit below. I didn’t think anything could top her rendition of “Like a Virgin.” But this is something else — proving, once again, that almost any song can be reborn and reinterpreted, depending on the singer and the context.  This takes on a different meaning when sung by a woman in a habit:… Read more

February 19, 2019

My friend, blog neighbor and fellow Queens resident Dr. Pat McNamara offers us the long view of a Church historian: From the 1930’s through the early 1960’s, many large dioceses ordained 30-35 men a year on average. The overwhelming majority turned out to be good, loving men, on call 24/7 for the people they served. But the fact is some men should never have been ordained. Some acted out their sexuality in a way harmful to others, especially the young…. Read more

February 19, 2019

In America magazine, the Rev. Nathan W. O’Halloran, S.J., writes about — and defends — his hobby of  amateur boxing: On Tuesday night, Feb. 19, I will fight in the 89th annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament put on by the University of Notre Dame’s amateur boxing club. Three years ago, I was the first priest to fight in the tournament—and lost in a split decision in the heavyweight final. I consider it an honor to participate again (under the boxing… Read more

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