May 17, 2019

Details:  Father Jonathan Morris, a former member of the Legion of Christ who was at one time among the most prominent Catholic priests in America as a contributor to Fox News, has asked to be dismissed from the clerical state, indicating he wants to be free to “marry and have a family” though saying it’s not about an “existing relationship.” In a statement released Friday, Morris writes that the decision has filled him “with newfound joy,” though he says he… Read more

May 17, 2019

About 10 years ago, I attended the Mass of Thanksgiving of a priest who was ordained for the Diocese of Orlando, Father Hector Vazquez Saad. It was a beautiful event, full of joy and possibility and grace. As the new priest stepped up to the ambo to begin his first homily, he took a deep breath and said, “Good morning. Who here today is nervous?” And he raised his hand and the crowd roared. I thought of that moment when… Read more

May 17, 2019

Details:  CNN filed a motion Wednesday seeking a dismissal of the $275 million lawsuit filed against the network by the family of Nick Sandmann. The motion asks the Eastern District of Kentucky to dismiss the suit, arguing it fails to show CNN’s reporting was defamatory. Each of 53 CNN statements identified in the Sandmann lawsuit should be dismissed for reasons such as that they are substantially true, do not concern Nick, are not defamatory or are subjective opinion, the motion states. One of the… Read more

May 16, 2019

A great idea:  What ever happened to Sundays are for resting and church? Well, the leader of the Catholic church in Detroit is trying to “reclaim” Sunday as a day of worship, rest and family time. With that, Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron Wednesday announced a new policy to cease youth sporting activities on Sunday. “In our time, Sunday has slowly lost its pride of place,” Vigneron said in the pastoral note. “In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we are… Read more

May 15, 2019

From CNN:  Dallas police searched the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and other properties Wednesday as part of the church’s widening sex abuse scandal, police and church officials said. Maj. Max Geron of the special investigations division said the raids are related to five new allegations of sexual abuse that emerged after police issued an arrest warrant for a priest named Edmundo Paredes, who was previously assigned to St. Cecilia’s Parish in Dallas. Dallas authorities said they consider… Read more

May 15, 2019

Another amazing vocation story about a married man about to be ordained to the priesthood: Deacon Drake McCalister is many things that most men about to become Catholic priests are not. McCallister is 50 years old; the average age of men being ordained as Catholic priests in the U.S. this year is 33. He is a husband and a father of five; most men about to become priests will promise never to marry, and will never have biological children. He… Read more

May 14, 2019

Details:  The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy. The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk,… Read more

May 14, 2019

Another bright light has gone out:  Tim Conway has died at the age of 85. He passed away at 8:45 a.m. in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, his rep Howard Bragman confirms to PEOPLE. Prior to his death, he suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) and had no signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, his stepdaughter, his six biological children and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the… Read more

May 14, 2019

Significantly, this was announced quietly on Sunday, the day before the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. From Catholic News Agency:  Pope Francis has given the green light for Catholics to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, a site of alleged Marian apparitions, though the Church has not yet given a verdict on the apparitions’ authenticity. The pope’s authorization of pilgrimages to the site is not to be understood as an “authentication” of the alleged apparitions, “which still require an examination by… Read more

May 13, 2019

The New York Times has the scoop:  The witness rose from her seat, raised her right hand and swore to tell the truth before Congress. But four words were missing: “So help me God.” In the House of Representatives, to the winner go the spoils, and Democrats, the new decision makers, control everything, including what legislation gets a vote and the minutiae of procedural choices, such as whether witnesses must utter the traditional plea for divine aid. Democratic chairmen and… Read more

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