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    02/11/2011 7:11:53 PM PST · by Dr. Eckleburg · 178 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2-10-11 | Jon Hurdle
    A grand jury on Thursday accused the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of failing to stop the sexual abuse of children more than five years after a grand jury report documented abuse by more than 50 priests. The new report said a senior church official charged with investigating allegations of sexual abuse by priests had in fact allowed some of those accused to remain in posts that gave them continued access to children. It charged him with endangering the welfare of minors and accused three priests and a teacher of raping two boys between 1996 and 1999. “By no means do we...
  • How the Miraculous Medal Changed My Life

    02/14/2004 6:06:07 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 603+ views
    Real Presence ^ | February 2004 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    One of the most memorable experiences that I ever had was with the Miraculous Medal! It changed my life. In the fall of 1948, the year after my ordination, I was in what we call the Tertianship. This is a third year of Novitiate before taking final vows.In October of that year, a Vincentian priest came to speak to us young Jesuit priests. He encouraged us to obtain faculties, as they are called, to enroll people in the Confraternity of the Miraculous Medal. Among other things, he said, "Fathers, the Miraculous Medal works. Miracles have been performed by Our Lady...
  • Brother joins priest-abuse lawsuit

    01/21/2011 2:51:06 AM PST · by bogusname · 1 replies
    The older brother of a man who alleges he was molested has joined a priest-abuse lawsuit, saying that he, too, was sexually abused by two priests at a Huntington Beach parish in the early 1990s. The civil complaint against Gus Krumm, a former Franciscan friar and priest who has admitted to instances of abuse in the 1970s and 1980s while studying and teaching at a seminary, and the Rev. Alexander Manville is set for a jury trial in Orange County Superior Court in July...
  • A Priest and an Altar Boy, Hah, Ha, Ha

    01/17/2011 12:04:15 AM PST · by bogusname · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2011 | Randall Hoven
    This past June, Pope Benedict XVI said the church must promise "to do everything possible" to ensure that the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests "will never occur again." But the president of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) was not satisfied. She said, "Right now, kids are being assaulted by priests and bishops are concealing the crimes. And the pope continues taking no action to stop this." She said that the pope still ignores the main problem: "the ongoing recklessness, deceit, and callousness of bishops who, even now, protect predators instead of children."
  • If true,..indeed a bombshell...(about ONE-HALF of the claims..entirely false or..exaggerated

    01/02/2011 6:20:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 88 replies
    Insigt ^ | 01-02-11 | posted by Carl Olson
    If true, this is indeed a bombshell... Dave Pierre, the author of the book, Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church, reports the following on his site, a stunning ten-page declaration recently submitted to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, veteran attorney Donald H. Steier stated that his investigations into claims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have uncovered vast fraud and that his probes have revealed that many accusations are completely false.Counselor Steier has played a role in over one hundred investigations involving Catholic clergy in Los Angeles. In his missive Mr. Steier relayed,...
  • Vocations Under the Christmas Tree? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/04/2011 4:04:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | 12/20/10 | KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ
    Vocations Under the Christmas Tree? 2 children’s books help plant seeds...fruition in the priesthood and religious life. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ 12/20/2010   -snip-Into that breach steps Elizabeth Ficocelli, a New York City-born mother and author (of books like The Imitation of Christ for Children) living in Ohio and convert to Catholicism. This year she has penned the children’s books Where Do Priests Come From? and Where Do Sisters Come From?, the latter of which has just been released by here). Why would you want to encourage girls to be oppressed victims of a patriarchal Church? Haven’t you read any Maureen...
  • Uproar Over Greek Priest's Jew-Hating Rant (Israel)

    12/22/2010 7:08:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 130 replies · 2+ views
    inn ^ | 12/22/10 | Gil Ronen
    The European Jewish Congress (EJC) called Wednesday for the Greek Orthodox church to remove the Metropolite of Piraeus, Seraphim, after the high-ranking priest sounded an anti-Semitic rant on Greek TV. Speaking on the morning show on Mega-TV, the largest television station in Greece, Seraphim blamed world Jewry for Greece's financial problems. "Mixing Freemasons with Jewish bankers such as Baron Rothschild and world Zionism, the Metropolite said that there is a conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy," JTA reported. He also accused "international Zionism" of trying to destroy the family unit by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages. Thirteen minutes...
  • Catholic Church needs exorcists (Church short of priests who know how to perform exorcism)

    11/14/2010 10:12:15 AM PST · by WebFocus · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Todd Venezia
    The Roman Catholic Church is looking for a few good men -- to battle Satan. The church in the US has become so short of priests who know how to perform an exorcism that it began an emergency two-day meeting yesterday to teach clerics how to properly cast out demons. A group of 56 bishops and 66 priests -- including an assistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan -- have gathered in Baltimore for the Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism. The mystical meeting was focused on a lot more than just dodging green vomit and stopping...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Persevering in Prayer

    09/03/2010 6:28:14 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    Vultus Christi ^ | 8-31-10 | Fr Mark Kirby
    From time to time, I present anew some of the prayers that I composed for the Spiritual Mothers of Priests and for all, men and women alike, who pray, suffer, and offer themselves for the sanctification of priests. Here are three of these prayers: Prayer for Vocations Lord Jesus Christ, Who callest to Thy service whomsoever Thou wilt, let the light of Thy Face and the tenderness of Thy Heart rest upon the young men of our own parishes and families. Grant that those whom Thou hast chosen from among us may hear Thy invitation and respond to Thy call...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIRST MASS, 08-25-10

    08/25/2010 9:53:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-25-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FIRST MASS The first Sacrifice of the Mass offered by a newly ordained priest. In the new grant of indulgences (A plenary indulgence is granted to the priest, who celebrates his first Mass with any solemnity, and to the faithful who devoutly assist at this Mass." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Can we Correct the Leadership Gap in the Catholic Church?

    07/30/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT · by Balt · 1+ views
    Master of Divinity ^ | 7/20/2010 | Father Michael Venditti, M. Div.
    As one who has made a point of actively persuing and personally instructing converts to the Catholic Faith,—rather than simply waiting for them to appear then throwing them into some “program” in which I am minimally involved—I have observed that one of the most attractive aspects of Catholicism drawing Protestant Christians as well as the “unchurched” to the Faith is the certainty and unmitigated intransigence of Catholic dogma. For the most part, the converts—and I am not ashamed of using that word, even for baptized Protestants entering the Church, inasmuch as anyone making such a change in his or her...
  • Pray for Priests! [PRAYER]

    07/26/2010 3:02:10 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Saint Pio from Pietrelcina ^ | 7-26-10 | mlizzy
    Last night at Mass, our enlightened younger priest, who is from India, gave a homily that my teenage daughter referred to as "really good." I asked her what he said (I don't have my hearing), and she said he quoted saints and popes all throughout, adding in that people of great wealth (we live in a wealthy area) have difficulty putting time aside for prayer, that a survey claimed only four minutes per day on average for this group. At the end of Mass, our pastor, whose last day was yesterday, spoke at the lectern to say goodbye and he...
  • Vatican orders gay priests to clear out

    07/25/2010 1:24:30 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | July 25th 2010 | Nicole Winfield
    THE Catholic Church in Italy, still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal, has lashed out at gay priests who are leading a double life, urging them to come out of the closet and leave the priesthood. The Diocese of Rome issued the strongly worded statement last Friday after the conservative weekly magazine Panorama printed a cover story and accompanying video claiming it had interviewed three gay priests in Rome and accompanied them to gay clubs and bars and to sexual encounters with strangers, including one in a church building. One of the priests, a Frenchman identified only as Paul,...
  • Editorial: Homosexual Activity, Catholic Teaching and Scandalmongering

    07/23/2010 3:27:03 PM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/24/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding homosexual sexual activity as morally disordered, constituting grave sin and against the Natural Law which binds all human beings is unequivocal. Among the clearest summaries was one set forth by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons" promulgated in 1986 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith. Here are a few of the insights: "The Church, obedient to the Lord who founded her and gave to her the sacramental life, celebrates the divine plan of the loving...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] 23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar

    07/23/2010 1:55:10 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 4+ views
    Courageous Priest ^ | 7-22-10 | Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray
    1. The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests their proximity to the Divine Master by virtue of their free consent to the ordained ministry to which they have been (or may be) called. 2. By wearing clerical clothing and not possessing excess clothes, the priest demonstrates adherence to the Lord’s example of material poverty. The priest does not choose his clothes – the Church has, thanks...
  • Belgian child sex abuse police probe death threats

    07/05/2010 6:55:32 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | July 4th 2010 | Dominic Huges
    Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates. Last month police raided a meeting of Belgium's Catholic bishops as part of their investigation, seizing computers and documents. They even searched the tomb of at least one cardinal, prompting an angry response from the Vatican. The country is one of several where the Church has been shaken by abuse claims. The investigation into child abuse allegations in Belgium's Catholic Church has already prompted extraordinary scenes, says the BBC's Dominic Hughes in Brussels. But now the investigation has...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Blessed Mother leads boy to priesthood

    06/28/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    CNA ^ | 6-26-10 | Tanya Connor
    Worcester, Mass., Jun 26, 2010 / 01:14 pm (CNA).- “When I grow up, I want to be like him,” The 5-year-old was talking about the priest. But while still a child the boy fell in love – with the image of Our Lady of Fatima. “If I find a woman who looks like her, and has her characteristics, I’ll marry her,” he decided. “For 34 years I’ve never met that woman,” he says now. “I guess the Blessed Mother wants me. I’m all hers. Like John Paul II said, ‘Totus Tuus Maria.’” This is the story of Deacon Lowe Bretaña...
  • Priests are a gift from the Heart of Christ, Pope Benedict says

    06/13/2010 12:16:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2,435 replies · 3,592+ views
    CNA ^ | 6/13/2010
    Vatican City, Jun 13, 2010 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of pilgrims and faithful gathered at noon Sunday in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus with the Holy Father. Before the prayer, he said that the fruits of the recently ended Year for Priests could never be measured, but are already visible and will continue to be ever more so. “The priest is a gift from the heart of Christ, a gift for the Church and for the world. From the heart of the Son of God, overflowing with love, all the goods of the Church spring forth,”...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exclusive excerpt from Father Euteneuer's book on exorcism

    06/16/2010 3:24:59 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 27 replies · 318+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 6-11-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Below is the Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant, a new book authored by Father Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International. ------- Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant:Draw your strength from the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS} The Maternal Heart of Mary

    06/07/2010 11:11:58 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies · 14+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 6-5-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Mother Potter's Marian MissionAt the end of 1874, Mother Potter received the inner certitude that she and the religious Congregation she was to institute (The Little Company of Mary) were called to foster devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. "We are chosen," wrote Mother Potter, . . . to promulgate in God's Church an increase of devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. We must increase our love for Our Lady and her sweet Maternal Heart, which makes us desire to propagate that devotion and to lead as many of God's vast family as we can to love and...