June 24, 2019

Details:   A controversial UK court decision to force a disabled woman to have an abortion has been overturned on appeal. In a decision reportedly reached June 24, the English Court of Appeal, consisting of Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson, overturned the previous ruling of the Court of Protection. According to Press Association reports, the judges said they would issue a full explanation of their decision at a later date, but that the circumstances of the case were… Read more

June 24, 2019

It’s interesting to read today the two statements released by two Catholic schools in Indianapolis — which reached two distinctly different decisions about how to deal with employing a gay teacher who happens to be in a same-sex marriage. Here’s the statement from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School:  Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Community,  On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, we write to share news regarding Brebeuf Jesuit’s relationship with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We want to inform you,… Read more

June 23, 2019

It happened Saturday: 8 men were ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi by Bishop Louis Kihneman at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The new deacons are Norm Cantrelle, Sean Fink, Mardo Magana, Tyrone Necaise, Earl Saucier, Bill Stentz, Robert Wescovich, and Johnny Williams. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!  Read more

June 22, 2019

They were ordained Saturday morning by Archbishop Wilton Gregory: Mark Laurent Asselin, Frank Regis Avenilla, Duane Arthur Clark, Wilberto Armenio Garcia, Darryl Armfield Kelley, Mark Kijesky, Matthew Christopher Laidley, Eric Christian Simontis, and John Joseph White, Jr. You can read their biographies here.  I was delighted to learn that one of the men, Eric Simontis, serves at St. Mary of the Mills in Laurel, right across the street from my high school, St. Vincent Pallotti. I attended many liturgies in… Read more

June 22, 2019

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the story below, from WPLG, which tells the wonderful story of how the baseball star saw a little boy with Down syndrome during a game — and decided to do something wonderful. Read more

June 22, 2019

From CNA:  A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, despite the objections of the woman’s mother and the woman herself. The woman is 22 weeks pregnant. “I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion,” said Justice Nathalie Lieven in her ruling in the… Read more

June 22, 2019

This sounds, to put it mildly, very suspect. Details are in the statement from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: Yesterday, a number of Chancery Departments, along with at least one Pastor, began receiving copies of a letter addressed to Bishop George Sheltz from an individual identifying herself as Yannah Nowak.  Her letters do not have a return address or any contact information and our efforts to identify any individual by that name have been unsuccessful. In the letter, the author makes an… Read more

June 21, 2019

A few thoughts from my first Corpus Christi homily, from 2007:  When I was young and first living on my own – way back before I was married – I decided to try and teach myself to cook. The “man-sized” TV dinners weren’t cutting it. So I got a couple of cookbooks, including one called “Cooking for Men,” which included recipes for things like meat loaf, chili and pot roast. But the most adventurous thing I attempted was trying to… Read more

June 21, 2019

Details:  A priest in Mexico City has been arrested for murder barely a week after he celebrated a funeral Mass for the victim. Father Francisco Javier Bautista was arrested June 19 by Mexico City judicial officers and charged over the killing of 29-year-old Hugo Leonardo Avendano Chavez, the Catholic News Service (CNS) reports. Avendano Chavez recently graduated with a master’s degree from a Catholic university, worked with Father Bautista at Christ the Savior Parish and had aspirations of entering the… Read more

June 21, 2019

I am in St. Petersburg this week for the Catholic Media Conference, and heard Msgr. Kennedy give this address. It was, to say the least, sobering. Details, from CNS:  In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations told an assembly of Catholic journalists that his investigators and the press “share the same goal, which is the protection of minors, and we have the same wish to leave the… Read more

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