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  • The Vatican Just Put a Convicted Rapist Back in a Parish

    04/24/2016 7:07:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/23/2016 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    ROME — Just what is it that the Vatican does not get about predator priests? Apparently a lot. Father Joseph Jeyapaul is a priest from India who admitted to raping two adolescent girls in Minnesota when he served the Crookston diocese from 2004 to 2005. After being charged with the abuse, which included rape and forcing at least one of the girls to perform fellatio on him, he fled home to India, where he was eventually arrested on an Interpol warrant. He was then extradited back to Minnesota, where he admitted his heinous crimes and entered a plea bargain in...
  • Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

    08/16/2013 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very brief.The fact is, the number of priests per parish spiked sharply after 1950 and has now leveled back to the levels of 1950 and before.Note the graph at the upper right from the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA). It depicts the number of...
  • Police: Priest Killed in Attack at Phoenix Church

    06/12/2014 5:21:41 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 24 replies ^ | June 12, 2014 | Katie Bieri
    <p>PHOENIX (AP) — Police say one priest was shot and killed and another was wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in downtown Phoenix. Sgt. Steve Martos says police received a call about a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • Holy war rocks Harvard as the Catholic Church fights back against Satanic mass

    05/10/2014 4:44:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/14 | kelly
    Church officials say they will “combat evil” by hosting a positive worship service to counter a Harvard group’s Satanic mass planned for Monday evening. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will host a Eucharistic procession from MIT to a nearby church for an hour of prayer, The Boston Globe reports. The religious procession will end up at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, just a 10-minutes walk from the Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is set to hold a “black mass.” A black mass is a ritual performed as a parody of the...
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Baldwinville and silence before Mass

    04/08/2014 8:18:17 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 8, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Those who are bent on making their own unauthorized changes to the liturgy or who otherwise promote or tolerate various liturgical abuses often fail to appreciate how such an endeavor can constitute grave sin. I know this because some have accused me of making a mountain out of a molehill for my opposition to various liturgical abuses. Dr. Germain Grisez explains: "There are many reasons why it is wrong for priests intentionally to make unauthorized liturgical changes. Two are especially important. First, such changes sometimes embody or imply deviations from Catholic faith; even when they do not, they often omit...
  • Got 51 Minutes For A "Nam Vet ? FORTY YEARS AFTER ...

    12/13/2013 1:47:28 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 7 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | Mark Parish
    40 Years after a Purple Heart in Vietnam a Veteran Hikes on the Appalachian Trail - YouTube Mark Parish·Published on Dec 13, 2013 A wounded Veterans odyssey 40 years after receiving the Purple Heart in the Vietnam war. Vietnam war Veteran Mark Parish hikes the Appalachian Trail for rehabilitation from delayed stress syndrome. Through this video you willlearn how Mark earned his Purple Heart, learn about his experiences in Vietnam, see some beautiful scenery from the Appalachian Trail and see Marks ending journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC.
  • Is Every Catholic Church a Parish?

    10/25/2013 4:31:44 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 6 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | October 24, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My wife, preschool son and I regularly attend Sunday Mass at the Shrine of –. My wife and I also go to confession there regularly. Our son will be starting school next year… we discovered that there is no CCD of any kind being provided. The priest told my wife that instead, we have to take our son to St. – Church for Sunday School and First Confession/Communion preparation. We were flabbergasted! There aren’t many children who regularly attend Mass at the Shrine, it’s true. But aren’t they still required to provide religious instruction for the ones who do,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORDINARY JURISDICTION, 02-06-13

    02/06/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 02-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ORDINARY JURISDICTION The right to exercise authority when this right is attached to an ecclesiastical office. This is the jurisdiction enjoyed by the Pope over the entire Church, by a bishop over his diocese, and in the internal forum by the pastor over the members of his parish. Jurisdiction can be either personal or vicarious, depending on whether it is exercised by the officeholder or by someone he delegated. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Church's Response: "None of Your business"

    03/03/2011 10:03:45 AM PST · by fides qua creditur · 4 replies
    Self-Authored ^ | 15 February 2011 | Harold Vadney
    This is an opportunity to inform, exchange, and comment on your church and parish. This blog will use church documents for discussion, and real examples to illustrate church life. It's up to you to make your parish a model for emulation. Please contribute where you can.
  • Parish Divide Continues

    07/19/2007 2:57:57 PM PDT · by ABN 505 · 20 replies · 480+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | July 19 2007 | Don Stacom
    BRISTOL - Trinity Episcopal Church could be called a house divided: Its defrocked pastor led a heavily attended prayer and song service at the church Wednesday night, while Episcopal Bishop Andrew Smith tried to muster parishioners to meet with a new pastor at a church in Plainville. Smith promoted his meeting in a letter to parishioners last week as a way to discuss the dispute between Trinity and the Episcopal Diocese and "begin to identify new leadership for the parish so that we can move forward in our life in Christ within the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal...
  • Mass Appeal (Confessions of an unrepentant church shopper)

    04/05/2007 12:54:38 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 76 replies · 1,012+ views
    National Review ^ | 4/5/2007 | Jennifer Graham
    As part of the scary fringe of society that American liberals call “church-goers,” my family always checks out the local church before deciding to move to a new neighborhood. We have some experience with this, having moved 11 times in 15 years. We’ve also changed churches without moving. If church shopping were a felony, I’d no longer be able to vote. I am a ruthless church shopper, not because my family spends so much time in a sanctuary, but because we spend so little. I figure if we are going to spend only an hour or two each week in...
  • Monkeys in Morehouse? Residents swear they've seen primates[Louisiana]

    11/14/2006 8:15:31 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 24 replies · 708+ views
    Bastrop Daily Enterprise ^ | 11 Nov 2006 | MARK RAINWATER
    Alligators living in the sewers of New York City. Remember "Mikey," the kid in the Life cereal television ads in the 1970s? He died when he drank a carbonated drink in the 1980s after eating Pop Rocks candy. Urban legends. Great stories with little if any truth in their makeup. There's what has become a rural legend in parts of Morehouse Parish. There's a monkey in them thar woods. Folks will swear they saw them. Wayne Warner saw one on Knox Ferry Road. Brett Smith saw one too, miles away from Warner's sighting, on Lum Day Road. When you start...
  • Holy Trinity News: Boston Latin Mass Indult

    09/15/2006 10:01:34 AM PDT · by Serviam1 · 1 replies · 326+ views
    South End News ^ | 14 September 2006 | Linda Rodriguez
    Latin Mass conducted in English twice in last month Linda Rodriguez South End (Boston) News Thursday, 14 September 2006 For the second time in less than a month, the Latin Mass community at the embattled Holy Trinity (German) Catholic Church came to the noon Mass to hear it celebrated in Latin, only to hear English. Parishioners say they were told by church administrator the Rev. Thomas Naughton that the English masses took place due to scheduling errors. But they also say they don't believe it was a simple mistake. "I don't know whether it's a drive to drive people...
  • O Father, Where Art Thou? (US catholics coping with shrinking priesthood)

    09/02/2006 6:48:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 852+ views
    US Catholic ^ | September 1, 2006 | Renée M. LaReau
    THE CORNERSTONES OF ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH IN REPUBLIC, MICHIGAN are round, flaky pie crust pockets crammed with beef, pork, potatoes, and other vegetables. Monthly sales of pasties (pronounced pass-tees), as the trademark Upper Peninsula culinary creations are called, fund operating costs at this 60-household parish that has been without a resident priest for 20 years.Franciscan Sister Margey Schmelzle, pastoral coordinator at St. Augustine and its neighboring parish, Sacred Heart, works hard to ensure parishioners are physically and spiritually well fed. But while there are pasties-a-plenty in this rural former mining town, priests are in short supply. At times Schmelzle has...
  • Iconoclasm and Liturgy

    08/24/2006 11:02:46 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 3 replies · 231+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 23/8/2006 | Chris Gillibrand
    Iconoclasm and Liturgy by Martin Mosebach The case is at first glance a banal one. The church concerned does not rank among the flashpoints of Germany’s ecclesiastical history, nor does it stem from one of the great architectural epochs; the architects and artists who worked jointly on its completion are for the most part unknown. What happened in this Church of Saint Raphael in the Heidelberg suburb of Neuenheim is, however, exemplary for thousands of churches the world over, for masterpieces and anonymous creations, for cathedrals and chapels. Hardly a church remained unscathed in the aftermath of the Second Vatican...
  • Catholic church seeks ways to reshape Albany diocese

    06/13/2006 1:35:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 463+ views
    Post Starr ^ | June 12, 2006 | David Iman II
    Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany hopes involving members of the diocese -- from its top clerical leaders to its average parishioners -- will stifle apprehension as the Catholic church begins a two-year pastoral planning process that will reshape the diocese and close some churches. "I believe we have before us ... an opportunity to dream a new church into being; an opportunity to evangelize and re-evangelize," Hubbard said Monday in a prepared speech to diocese leaders in Albany. The meeting was closed to the public, but copies of his speech were provided to the...

    05/31/2006 4:54:08 PM PDT · by tvn · 1 replies · 280+ views ^ | May 31, 2006 | Bloggers Smith and Jones
    SMITH SAYS: ROMAN CATHOLICS.....TAKE BACK YOUR CHURCH The LA Times, west coast media puppet of the ACLU, carried, on 05/26/06, a news item which should be a clarion call as loud as Tom Paine’s "Common Sense." An RC church in Huntington Beach, Orange County (that's the wealthy county that went bankrupt rather than pays its bills) told a parishioner who knelt during part of the Mass (the Agnes Dei to be specific), he had committed a MORTAL SIN, and would no longer be welcome in the Church and could not receive Communion or other sacraments. The church in question is...
  • La. Parish Considers Hiring Ex-FEMA Chief - Michael Brown - Twisted Irony Alert!

    04/12/2006 10:54:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 353+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/06 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane-ravaged St. Bernard Parish is considering hiring former FEMA chief Michael Brown to advise its hurricane recovery effort, a move drawing sharp complaints from a state lawmaker. "Do we hire an individual to assist in our recovery efforts who as FEMA director resigned two weeks after Katrina made landfall?" asked Republican state Sen. Walter Boasso. "We were in the middle of the worst natural disaster in our nation's history." Parish officials have called the talks preliminary, and spokesman Steve Cannizaro said Wednesday that they had not yet decided whether to hire Brown. Brown's understanding of the system's...
  • Who owns the parish?

    04/03/2006 4:01:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 330+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | March 24 2006 | Susan Hines-Brigger
    Each time I walk into my parish church, I pass a plaque listing the names of all the families who donated money to help build the church. My parents’ names are on that plaque. To say they feel a sense of ownership and investment in the parish is putting it mildly.Perhaps that sense of ownership comes from our history. In colonial days, families did own churches. And in the 1800s, various ethnic groups were given control of parishes in order to ensure that their needs were being met. But times have changed, and, according to federal judges in the bankruptcy...
  • NMCB 40 Helps Restore School in Plaquemine Parish

    10/04/2005 4:10:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 4, 2005 | unattributed
    By Journalist 2nd Class Barbara Silkwood, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 Public Affairs NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- Nearly a month after Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 deployed to Southern Louisiana in support of Joint Task Force Katrina relief efforts, the Seabees continued working in October with Parish residents and local government officials to help rebuild the surrounding communities as quickly as possible. Crews from NMCB 40's Air Detachment finished a project restoring St. Rosalee elementary - one of the largest schools in the New Orleans Archdiocese. “After the storm hit, debris, roofing and fallen trees scattered the courtyards,” said...
  • NMCB 40 Builds Tent City for FEMA, Parish

    09/30/2005 5:09:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 265+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 30, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class (SCW/SS) James G. Pinsky
    PLAQUEMINE PARISH, La. (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 built a 500-man tent city in September for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials in Plaquemine Parish so the officials could relocate from temporary accommodations at Belle Chasse Primary School. The tent city, which includes air conditioned tents, showers and a 40 ft. by 60 ft. dining facility, will allow FEMA to conduct their day-to-day operations while Belle Chasse Primary School concentrates on getting their students back in class. “Disaster recovery is part of our job,” said Steelworker 1st Class (SCW) James Reddinger, project crew leader. “And we know...
  • Death Counts and Crude Mortality Rates (For Katrina comparison in New Orleans)

    09/11/2005 5:50:12 PM PDT · by fso301 · 13 replies · 2,314+ views
    See link for pdf file containing mortality rates for Louisiana on a Parish by Parish basis. Use this to compare Katrina related death count versus normal.
  • (VANITY): Hurricane Katrina: Ignored Parish in Louisiana

    09/05/2005 8:21:02 PM PDT · by I_Publius · 264+ views
    The Advocate News ^ | 9/6/2005 | Local editor
    Video of a request for help from a Louisiana State Congressman in Washington Parish, Louisiana. The Advocate Website:
  • Vatican asks Condoleezza Rice to help stop a sex abuse lawsuit

    03/03/2005 1:58:39 PM PST · by vox_freedom · 654+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3/3/2005 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Alongside predictable exchanges on Iraq, the Middle East and religious liberty, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in her Feb. 8 visit to the Vatican also received an unexpected request -- to intervene in a U.S. lawsuit naming the Holy See as the defendant in a sex abuse case. Church sources told NCR that Rice was asked by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's Secretary of State, whether the United States government could stop a class-action lawsuit currently before a United States District Court in Louisville, Ky., that seeks to hold the Vatican financially responsible for the sexual abuse of minors....
  • Pro-abortion nuns to speak at Wisconsin parish

    02/11/2005 11:23:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 29 replies · 731+ views
    Renew America ^ | 02.06.05 | Matt C. Abbott
    Pro-abortion nuns to speak at Wisconsin parish Matt C. Abbott Matt C. AbbottFebruary 6, 2005 Catholic and pro-life activist Darla Meyers sent me a notice that Sisters Brigid and Jane McDonald, CSJ, will be speaking on "Living Non-Violence in a Violent World" at a conference at St. Patrick Church in Hudson, Wis. (a parish in the Diocese of Superior) on Feb. 19. On the surface, it looks fine. But these nuns are notoriously left-wing, believing, among other things, that legalized abortion is "crucial," though they are supposedly "troubled" by abortion itself. In addition, Sister Jane has been quoted as saying,...
  • 23 Ways To Identify A Faithful Parish

    01/14/2005 4:41:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 104 replies · 1,764+ views emal ^ | 01-14-05 | Brian Saint-Paul
    23 Ways To Identify A Faithful Parish CRISIS Magazine - Special e-Report January 14, 2005 In my last email, you'll remember that I asked for your advice on a letter I received from one of our readers. She's a non-Catholic who's interested in entering the Church, but wants to make sure she gets involved with a solid parish -- one that follows and promotes authentic Catholicism. So, she asked, what kinds of things should she look for when she walks into a parish church for the first time? Are there any easy, tell-tale ways to gauge the health and fidelity...
  • A model for revitalizing Catholic parish life

    09/23/2004 5:56:29 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 118 replies · 2,710+ views
    The Wanderer's From the Mail ^ | September 24, 2004
    A Wanderer reader from Chicago has reminded FROM THE MAIL that it has been several years since we have reported on the revitalized St. John Cantius parish in Chicago, and the thriving new order of priests, the Society of St. John Cantius, and that we owe readers an update. After looking at the materials she sent in, FTM agrees, and so we'll look at St. John's and the Order - in the context of the crucial question of what is happening in Catholic parish life in the United States today - but, first, an update on "the singing ex-Jesuit, Dan...
  • Prayer Request for Father Phil (Born: May 17, 1955--Died: July 21, 2004)

    07/20/2004 11:40:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 88 replies · 957+ views
    Self ^ | 07-20-04 | Self
    It is with a sad heart that I bring this update about Fr. Phil. Today sometime, Phil's family are moving him to the nursing home in the area for hospice care. My understanding is that he has not been awake since yesterday. It is a time for prayers for Phil, his family and for us his parish.
  • More goings on at St. Joan of Arc parish

    07/05/2004 8:31:36 PM PDT · by RFT1 · 41 replies · 718+ views
    St Joan of Arc Parish ^ | 7/4/04 | St. Joan of Arc parish
    "In a time when right wing conservatives of many churches condemn the lifestyle of homosexuality, some excluding gays and lesbians from worship while perpetuating a message of hate, St. Joan's has been steadfast in welcoming their GLBT parishioners. A monthly potluck support group run by Ron Joki and Theresa Healy allows for an outreach of connectiveness. An annual GLBT spiritual retreat explores biblical readings, meditations, rituals, play and musical skits with guest performers and speakers that confront negativity, challenges exclusivity and affirms acceptance and healing. This very website includes a GLBT section devoted to updates of relative news, GLBT families,...
  • Accused priest led Mass in Arlington (TX)

    06/30/2004 12:34:58 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 39 replies · 197+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | June 30, 2004 | SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH
    A Catholic priest removed from ministry in Pennsylvania because of sexual abuse allegations has been living in Dallas and leading Mass at an Arlington parish for at least a year. Officials at the Diocese of Fort Worth, which encompasses Arlington, said they didn't know about the Rev. Christopher Clay's activities at St. Mary the Virgin Catholic Church until contacted this week by The Dallas Morning News. On Tuesday the diocese's chancellor, the Rev. Robert Wilson, banned Father Clay from further ministry. (snip) His background in Pennsylvania came to light locally through Rachel Dillard of Dallas, who said she went to...
  • Boston Archdiocese Closing 65 Parishes (Including Holy Trinity Latin Mass Parish)

    05/25/2004 11:09:15 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 24 replies · 232+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 5/25/2004 | Denise Lavoie
    Boston Archdiocese Closing 65 ParishesBy DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press WriterBOSTON - The Boston Archdiocese will lose 65 of its 357 parishes, a massive restructuring brought on partly by the clergy sex abuse scandal that aggravated already shrinking Mass attendance and weekly collections. Archbishop Sean O'Malley announced the parish closings Tuesday, completing a process that began in December when he said the Roman Catholic archdiocese would be forced to undergo a major downsizing. He said the reduction was needed because of declining Mass attendance, a shortage of priests and the inability of the archdiocese to support struggling parishes in the midst...
  • Polish parish faces a crisis

    03/13/2004 3:39:49 PM PST · by Maximilian · 163 replies · 774+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | March 9, 2004 | Aisha Sultan
    <p>"We're fighting for our church and the future of Polish heritage here in St.</p> <p>Louis," said John Baras, a board member from Eureka.</p> <p>Church, requires the parish to comply.</p> <p>John Sitek, 78, of south St. Louis.</p> <p>Polish-Americans here are at odds with some of the later Polish immigrants.</p>
  • Our new pastor -- A Catholic's dilemma

    08/17/2003 8:43:44 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 105 replies · 149+ views
    8/17/03 | Antoninus
    I've run into a little problem at my parish which should sound familiar to many of you and I'm wondering what, if any, action I should take. Opinions are welcome. He're a synopsis of the situation: The monsignor at our parish retired suddenly about 3 months ago and the associate pastor was promoted. The monsignor was a wonderful priest--a bit gruff but said a reverent Mass, gave solid homilies, had nightly confession times, and generally ran a tight parish. The new pastor, who we'll call Father Wilson, is youngish for a priest--maybe about 40--with perfectly cut hair, sideburns, and a...
  • Rockford, IL, Parish Divided over Dismissal of Homosexual Choir Leader

    07/09/2003 6:24:49 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 15 replies · 270+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07-09-03 | Mastony, Colleen
    Gay choir leader's firing turns into a test of faith Dismissal of popular director has brought disharmony to the flock at Rockford parish By Colleen Mastony Tribune staff reporter Published July 9, 2003 ROCKFORD -- The new choir director was one of the best things that ever happened to Holy Family Catholic Church. Everyone said so. He brought together businessmen and blue-collar workers, students and senior citizens to make music that lifted the whole parish--until last month, when church officials learned he is gay. A lawyer and two priests confronted Bill Stein on June 17 and asked him to renounce...
  • Maine: Future Governor Baldacci's parish takes action against abortion protesters

    11/20/2002 4:06:19 PM PST · by SheLion · 12 replies · 548+ views ^ | 20 November 2002
    <p>BANGOR, Maine (AP) Fellow Roman Catholic parishioners from the church attended by Gov.-elect John Baldacci were unable to secure a protection from harassment order against abortion protesters who are using graphic photos to convey their message.</p> <p>The demonstrators have been showing up to St. John's since June, saying Baldacci and other politicians who support abortion rights should be barred from using church facilities for fund-raisers and other political events.</p>
  • Dissent Continues at Parish in Plainfield Illinois, Family EXPELLED

    10/16/2002 7:59:02 AM PDT · by Sonar5 · 35 replies · 751+ views
    The Herald News - Joliet, Illinois ^ | October 16, 2002 | Ted Slowik
    Conflict divides St. Mary's Nylon issue: Sides accuse each other of overreacting -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Ted Slowik STAFF WRITER PLAINFIELD — Some parents and youth ministry leaders at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church are saying a family overreacted by confronting parish officials and contacting police after eighth-graders in a confirmation class were told to put on nylon stockings as an exercise during a retreat. Some other parents say the pastor overreacted by expelling the family's two sons from the parish school because their father violated a parental code of conduct by being too "intrusive, inflammatory or overbearing." People on both...
  • Catholics build a parish on the Net

    08/03/2002 6:55:57 AM PDT · by happytobealive · 5 replies · 179+ views
    Chicago Tribune | August 2, 2002 | Darlene Gavron Stevens
    Spurred by the abuse scandal, an informal network of Web essayists has sprung up, offering a safe place to debate and celebrate their faith. They call it St. Blog's Parish, but there are no weekly masses, no altar or pews. The only requirements to join are a computer, Internet access and a desire to vent about the Roman Catholic Church. Each of the estimated 85 members in this unofficial cyberspace network has a "blog," or Web log, an online diary complete with links and reader feedback that is updated daily--commonly through a free Internet program. Launched earlier this year amid...