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  • Report: Polish priest killed in Tunisia

    02/18/2011 12:17:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 18, 2011
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's official TAP news agency says a Catholic priest from Poland has been killed and his body had multiple stab wounds and his throat was slit. The report cites the Tunis archbishopric as saying 34-year-old Marek Marius Rybinski worked at a religious school in the Tunis suburb of Manouba.
  • Second priest removed in Salinas sex-abuse case

    02/19/2011 1:06:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The Californian ^ | Feb. 19, 2011
    he Diocese of Monterey announced Friday that a second priest has been stripped of religious duties — the latest fallout from allegations that a Central Coast clergyman sexually molested a teenager in Salinas. Diocese spokesman Tom Riordan said church officials learned Thursday that the priest failed to notify proper authorities after he was approached in November or December by the alleged victim, who told him about his allegations against the Rev. Edward Fitz-Henry. "The priest didn't report it to anyone," said Riordan, adding that the diocese's policies clearly state that allegations of this nature must be reported immediately to the...
  • Priest sentenced for molesting girl, 11

    02/18/2011 5:42:47 PM PST · by Gamecock · 1,341 replies
    A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching an 11-year-old Fairfax County girl last year was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail. In September, he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery. Owino, a native of Kenya, is a member of the Apostles of Jesus missionary congregation, an African congregation of priests and brothers. He had been serving as a philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and as an associate pastor at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton, W.Va. Owino did not exactly apologize when given the opportunity to speak...but instead prayed aloud for several...

    02/15/2011 10:31:34 AM PST · by grace522 · 29 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 15 Feb 2011 | Chris Freind
    It is incomprehensible that in light of those crises, the Catholic Church would respond by fast-tracking the late Pope John Paul II for sainthood, since so many sins occurred under his watch. If John Paul’s beatification --- part of the path to sainthood--- takes place as scheduled on May 1, it will have been the fastest in history, thanks to Pope Benedict XVI, who waived the requirement of a five-year waiting period after a person’s death for that process to begin. I’m sorry, but what planet are these folks living on…Uranus? One way or another, Pope John Paul is complicit...
  • Pope: Church must reflect on what's wrong with Christianity that allowed sex abuse [AP Lie]

    12/21/2010 6:22:04 AM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 49 replies · 2+ views
    AP via ^ | Dec 20, 9:33 PM EST | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI told Vatican officials Monday that they must reflect on the church's culpability in its child sex-abuse scandal, but he also blamed a secular society in which he said the mistreatment of children was frighteningly common. In his traditional, end-of-the-year speech to Vatican cardinals and bishops, Benedict said revelations of abuse in 2010 reached "an unimaginable dimension" that required the church to accept the "humiliation" as a call for renewal. "We must ask ourselves what was wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing...
  • Crime fighting priest hits the streets

    12/18/2010 7:03:32 AM PST · by minnoh · 3 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | December 16, 2010 | Kate Bolduan
    It was the murder of 75-year-old Tom Repchic that was the final straw for Father Greg Maturi, a Dominican priest in Youngstown, Ohio. Repchic and his wife, Jackie, were shot near Saint Dominic's Church in September. Jackie Repchic had to have a leg amputated because of her injuries and is recovering.
  • Shadowing an Exorcist

    12/16/2010 10:55:36 AM PST · by mgstarr · 12 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/16/10 | TRISH BAILEY DE ARCEO
    A movie starring Anthony Hopkins explores exorcism. The man who wrote the book behind the film talks about what chasing the devil really entails. Matt Baglio’s curiosity was piqued. An exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university in Rome? It was an unusual topic. As an American journalist living in the Eternal City, he thought it might make for an interesting article; as a non-practicing Catholic at the time, he approached it with some skepticism. Taught by exorcists and experts in theology, satanic cults, criminology and psychology, the course he took challenged many of his assumptions. But what really intrigued him...
  • DNA and the Aaronic Priesthood

    12/15/2010 2:54:28 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Omega Letter ^ | December 14, 2010 | Wendy Wippel
    According to the book of Exodus, God himself established the priestly line of Israel by naming Aaron – the older brother of Moses—to the position of high priest and designating that only Aaron’s direct descendants would thereafter be eligible to serve in the same capacity. Best estimate is that Aaron founded the company of Hebrew priests—called Kohenim-- about 3400 years ago. This tradition was meticulously adhered to up until 70 AD, when both the Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed by the Romans under Titus and the surviving Jewish population scattered throughout the world. Since then, tribal distinctions have been largely...
  • Russia Has More Freedom of Speech Than USA, Graduate of Russian Theological Seminary in US Believes

    12/07/2010 6:45:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/7/10
    Moscow, December 7, Interfax - Hieromonk Makary (Markish), lecturer of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk seminary, who worked as a programmer in the USA and graduated from the ROCOR Holy Trinity seminary believes that Russian citizens have more freedom of self-expression than Americans. "Those who remember Soviet rule should lose their tongue, if they start speaking about lacking freedom of self-expression. I lived in the USA and here in Russia freedom of expression is much higher than in the States though they have 200 year old democratic tradition," Father Makary said in his interview with Interfax-Religion. According to him, "the fact that anyone...
  • Fr. Paul Schenck and the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill

    12/01/2010 5:26:20 AM PST · by tcg
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/1/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    To anyone in the Pro-Life movement for any length of time Paul Schenck is an iconic figure. The image which adorned the cover of Life magazine of a younger Paul Schenck, still a Protestant minister at the time, is a part of the pictorial history of the movement. ... ...In 2004 I served as the Deacon at the Mass where Fr. Frank Pavone received Paul into full communion with the Catholic Church. Paul laid aside his ordained ministry in the Reformed Episcopal Church to become a Catholic. ... With a dispensation from Rome waiving the celibacy requirement, Paul was ordained...
  • New Irish priest group: Church must re-evaluate sexual teaching (Catholic Caucus)

    11/16/2010 2:05:25 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/15/2010 | Hilary White
    About 200 priests were present at the first meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Port Laoise on September 15. The group is calling for a “re-evaluation of Catholic sexual teaching and practice that recognizes the profound mystery of human sexuality and the experience and wisdom of God’s people.” The association’s goals include pressuring the Church for a “re-designing” of the ministry “to incorporate the gifts, wisdom and expertise of the entire faith community, male and female” – likely a thinly veiled call for the ordination of women. The rest of the list includes the full roster of...

    11/09/2010 4:51:47 PM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Sky Valley Chronicle ^ | November 09, 2010
    (BOSTON) -- The former pastor of a Catholic parish in Haverhill, Mass. who resigned last June after six years there, was arraigned last week on larceny and forgery charges. The Rev. Keith LeBlanc of St. John the Baptist Church was then released on personal recognizance. Police allege the priest stole more than $83,000 from the church and used it pay off $25,000 in pornography-related credit card debt. Local published reports in Boston cite a police report that said LeBlanc had a credit card he used for online pornography and that he admitted to an investigator for the Boston archdiocese he...
  • Priest To Raise World's Largest Jesus Statue

    11/05/2010 2:27:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 5, 2010 | VANESSA GERA
    SWIEBODZIN, Poland -- Step aside, Rio de Janeiro. This town is building a Jesus bigger than yours. A Polish priest is on the verge of realizing his dream of erecting what he says will be the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in a small town in western Poland. Attempts were made Friday to complete the statue - which will rise a couple yards higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Malawi Muslim students desecrate Bibles

    10/28/2010 5:22:13 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | October 28, 2010 | Staff reports
    LILONGWE, Malawi -- Reacting to Muslim primary school students’ desecration of Bibles in Malawi earlier this month, a local priest said that their vehement reaction is novel and a sign that militancy is a possible danger. Representatives of the Gideons Bible organization had offered a Catholic primary school in a predominant Muslim area free copies of the New Testament, the local parish priest Fr. Medrick M. Chimbwanya told the Germany-based Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Although the school had made it clear that no Bibles were to be given to the Muslim pupils and that no one was...
  • Church attacked after paedophile priest jailed for sexual abuse

    10/22/2010 4:27:34 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 22 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | October 22nd 2010 | Nick Collins
    The Catholic Church was criticised in court as a paedophile former priest was jailed for a campaign of sexually abuse against young boys that spanned four decades. James Robinson, 73, who fled to the US in 1985, was found guilty of 21 sexual offences at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday after being extradited from America. The jury heard he carried out a string of abuses against six victims, including two altar boys, between 1959 and 1983. Robinson, who worked in the Black Country, Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry after being ordained as a priest in 1971, denied all the charges but was...
  • Pope on UK visit admits failures in abuse scandal

    09/16/2010 11:18:50 AM PDT · by killermedic · 6 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 16 September 2010 | NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer
    EDINBURGH, Scotland – Pope Benedict XVI braved a chilly atmosphere Thursday in mostly secular Britain to issue his strongest comments yet on the sex abuse crisis, admitting that the Catholic Church had not acted decisively or quickly enough to remove priests who molested children. Speaking to reporters traveling with him from Rome, Benedict said the church's top priority now was to help abuse victims heal — ye the comments failed to satisfy victims' groups. Benedict's historic four-day visit has been overshadowed by disgust over the abuse scandal and indifference in Britain...
  • Still No Word On Why Polish Priest Committed Suicide

    08/27/2010 10:44:17 PM PDT · by 0beron · 8 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/28/2010 | Tancred
    Back Ground Still Unclear German. It is thoroughly unclear, why the clergyman David Zalass originally of Poland, took his life in January 2010 in the city of Duisburg. This was reported on the website, 'Der Westen' yesterday. His body lay a month long, unnoticed in his home. Father Zerfass was active for sex years as chaplain in three Parishes in Poland, then as School Chaplain and in the marriage tribunal in Warsaw. From 1993 he worked in a Polish community in London. Then he was one year with the Carthusians in Parkminster in South England. since 1996 he was active...
  • Priest who blessed Morales found with cocaine

    07/30/2010 1:47:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 3+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/10 | Carlos Alberto Quiroga
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – The Aymara priest who blessed Bolivian President Evo Morales at an inauguration ceremony four years ago has been arrested in possession of 530 pounds (240 kg) of cocaine, police said Thursday. Anti-drugs police in the Andean country found a cocaine laboratory in the home of priest Valentin Mejillones. His son and a Colombian couple were also detained. The stash of liquid cocaine seized in the raid was valued at $240,000. Mejillones told local media he had been tricked by the Colombians, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia said Morales had not chosen the priest to preside at...
  • Letters unlock doors for priest with Alzheimer's

    07/30/2010 4:23:03 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Catholic Review ^ | July 29, 2010 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    After attempting suicide several years ago at a Cumberland penitentiary, a prisoner spent his days lying alone on the floor of his tiny cell. Staring at the ceiling and speaking few words, the man seemed lost. Father Milton A. Hipsley, then the pastor of St. Mary in Cumberland and a chaplain for the area’s prisons, was moved by the man’s despair. Wearing his black clerics and white collar, the priest entered the cell and lay down beside the motionless figure. He became a channel of God’s mercy. “Inmates are good people,” Father Hipsley remembered. “They are lonely and they’re frustrated....
  • Testimony of a Former Irish Priest

    07/18/2010 6:04:05 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 7,614 replies · 432+ views
    BereanBeacon.Org ^ | Richard Peter Bennett
    The Early Years Born Irish, in a family of eight, my early childhood was fulfilled and happy. My father was a colonel in the Irish Army until he retired when I was about nine. As a family, we loved to play, sing, and act, all within a military camp in Dublin. We were a typical Irish Roman Catholic family. My father sometimes knelt down to pray at his bedside in a solemn manner. My mother would talk to Jesus while sewing, washing dishes, or even smoking a cigarette. Most evenings we would kneel in the living room to say the...