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  • Dear Fellow Priests – Holy Christmas 2020

    12/25/2020 4:56:09 AM PST · by JosephJames · 4 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | December 23, 2020 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The following email was sent to the more than 150 priests of the diocese of Perugia, Italy, on December 24, 2020. Dear fellow priests, With the corona virus, we see each other much less, and we talk among ourselves much less, unfortunately. (Note: When pasting this document into Free Republic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document.) At least I want to wish you a Holy Christmas with Baby Jesus in...
  • Albany man rescued from Lake George by Priests on a floating Tiki Bar

    09/05/2020 12:23:58 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies
    WNYT 13 ^ | September 3, 2020 | Mark Mulholland
    LAKE GEORGE - It was a choppy afternoon on the lake and Jimmy MacDonald from Albany was paddling in a kayak. As Jimmy tells it, he drifted away from his wife and stepkids because he was taking pictures with his new smartphone "and not really paying attention." As he tried to make his way back, the water got choppier and he paddled harder before he tipped over and lost his paddle. He was in about 30 feet of water, his ill-fitting life jacket coming up over his head and he was holding onto the kayak with one hand and his...
  • Harrisburg Catholic Diocese Declares Bankruptcy, the First to Do So in Pa. Under Weight of Clergy Sex-Abuse Claims

    02/21/2020 6:44:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 2/19/20 | Jeremy Roebuck and Angela Couloumbis
    HARRISBURG — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, becoming the first diocese in the state to seek protection from financial claims in the aftermath of a 2018 grand jury report that revealed decades of sexual abuse and cover-up by the church’s top leaders. And, said a lawyer for the diocese, it’s not likely to be the last. Citing the fallout from that probe and recent court decisions that opened new avenues for some victims with time-barred claims to sue, attorney Matt Haverstick said Harrisburg, like each of the state’s eight other Catholic dioceses, faces the prospect...
  • Vatican Synod Proposes Married Priests For The Amazon

    10/28/2019 8:21:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/28/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Will the Catholic Church dispense with celibacy in order to deal with a critical shortage of priests? In a synod addressing the crisis of access in the Amazon, bishops recommended ordaining married deacons as priests — in that region only, for now. Critics worry that this will lead to an end of a thousand-year practice of priestly celibacy in the Latin Rite: Roman Catholic bishops from across the Amazon recommended Saturday to allow married deacons to become priests — a proposal intended to address a severe shortage in the region, but also one that breaks from centuries of church...
  • Three Priests Accused of "Inappropriate Discussions" Restored by Bishop Malone [Buffalo]

    07/05/2019 5:56:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    WKBW Buffalo ^ | 6/29/19 | Anthony Reyes
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Diocese of Buffalo announced three priests have been restored to ministry assignments by Bishop Richard Malone following a two month leave of absence. Rev. Arthur Mattulke, Rev. Patrick O'Keefe and Rev. Robert Orlowski were placed on temporary leave of absence following an incident at Saints Peter & Paul Parish Rectory in Hamburg in April. According to the diocese, "unsuitable, inappropriate and insensitive conversations" took place during a social gathering of seminarians and priests on April 11 that some seminarians found to be offensive. 7 Eyewitness News exclusively obtained a written account the seminarians gave to...
  • Report: Suspended Oakland priest fled country after accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor

    03/02/2019 9:28:01 PM PST · by thecodont · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 5:20 pm PST, Saturday, March 2, 2019 | By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE
    An Oakland priest placed on administrative leave after accusations of inappropriate sexual misconduct with a minor has now reportedly fled the country, officials confirmed. Father Alex Castillo was living at a rectory in Oakland and reportedly was looking to live with friends for a few days immediately after he was placed on leave Jan. 30, the San Jose Mercury reported. The diocese said they last spoke with him Feb. 20, then were unable to reach him the following day. A missing persons report was later filed on Feb. 23, after calls to jails and hospitals in the area failed to...
  • California Bill Would Force Pastors And Priests To Tell What They Heard In Confession

    02/26/2019 10:38:25 AM PST · by detective · 66 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 26, 2019 | Holly Scheer
    A new bill in California seeks to intrude on one of the most sacred relationships—that between clergy and penitent in formal confession. Currently, clergy members are already mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect, but sins confessed specifically in confession are exempt under current law from mandatory reporting. Bill 360, introduced by Democrat state Sen. Jerry Hill, would “delete that exception for a penitential communication, thereby requiring clergy to make a mandated report even if they acquired the knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect during a penitential communication.” This is an egregious overreach of secular authority, stepping...
  • Church files on paedophile priests 'destroyed', cardinal admits

    02/24/2019 6:46:44 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 42 replies
    The Local IT ^ | 23 February 19 | @thelocalitaly
    A top Catholic cardinal admitted on Saturday that Church files on priests who sexually abused children were destroyed or never even drawn up, a move which allowed paedophiles to prey on others. "Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created," German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said in a speech to a landmark Vatican summit on tackling paedophilia in the clergy. "Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them. The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution of offences were deliberately not complied with, but instead cancelled...
  • Bill Proposed To End Catholic Confession Exemption For Reporting Child Abuse

    02/24/2019 9:32:41 AM PST · by dvan · 88 replies
    KPIX5 ^ | 02/21/2019 | Jerry Hill (D) -San Mateo,CA
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) has introduced a bill, SB 360, to end the “penitential communication” exemption to child abuse reporting. Currently, 43 categories of adults are required to report to the police if they know or “reasonably suspect” a child is “has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.” (Cal. Penal Code 11166(a).) There is an exception for clergy who gain knowledge of abuse during “penitential communication,” sometimes referred to as “confession.”  (Cal. Penal Code 11166(d).) Hill says “those in the clergy have been able to abuse and get away with it,”...
  • Ex-New Mexico priest arrested on child rape charge (New Mexico)

    02/10/2019 5:52:27 PM PST · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | February 8, 2019 | Steve Terrell
    An 81-year-old former priest who the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office says raped a 6-year-old student at Holy Cross Catholic School in Santa Cruz during the mid-1980s was arrested Friday. Marvin Archuleta has been the subject of civil lawsuits accusing him of sexually abusing minors, and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 2017 included him on a list it released naming priests, deacons and brothers who had been credibly accused of sexual misconduct. State law enforcement agents arrested Archuleta at an Albuquerque apartment complex based on a criminal complaint filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court charging him with criminal...
  • Catholic Clergy: Making Themselves Irrelevant From the Pope to the Parish Priest

    02/05/2019 12:30:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2019 | Bill Taylor Jr.
    The beliefs of the Catholic Church are defined by two thousand years of careful writings and a slow process of understanding the revealed truths. This has brought us our Catechism, our Creed, encyclicals such as Humanae Vitae, and other solid references which provide a foundation for living well, especially in stressful times. One role of the clergy is to guide us Catholics in these teachings. The Church is not defined by whatever a priest in Paducah happens to say on Tuesday, and its faithful are under no obligation to take direction from misguided clergy. But how do we determine when...
  • Austin Catholic diocese releases list of clergy members accused of sexual assault

    01/31/2019 2:58:00 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    cbs austin ^ | Jan. 31, 2019 | cbsaustin
    The Catholic Diocese of Austin and others across Texas has released a list of clergy that it believes could have sexually abused children. The church hopes this action will help to rebuild trust. 22 priests are named, and all one but are dead, retired or removed from the ministry. Click here to see the assignment information for the accused. The inclusion of a name on this list does not establish that the allegation was substantiated or proven to the Diocese of Austin, a court, or other authority; and does not establish that sexual abuse under the Texas Penal Code actually...
  • More than 500 priests accused of sexual abuse not yet publicly identified by Catholic Church,

    12/20/2018 9:02:00 AM PST · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/20/2018 | Elvia Malagon
    A scathing report from Attorney General Lisa Madigan finds the number of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse against children in Illinois is much higher than previously acknowledged. The report said accusations have been leveled against 690 priests, while Catholic officials have publicly identified only 185 clergy with credible allegations against them.
  • The Holy See's blindness

    10/09/2018 5:29:36 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 9, 2018 | John David Powell
    Politics and sex. There was a time when some of us “seasoned” individuals believed you could not get enough of either. Sadly, that is not the case lately. Politics and sex; sex and politics. I do not know about you, but it has not been good for some folks in a long time. Sex in some form is all part of a day’s work for a political figure. It can range from criminal behavior (alleged or actual), to extramarital (real or imagined), to issues of gender (same or trans or whatever is in vogue at the moment). Former Louisiana governor...
  • Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build (And Can Help Rebuild) Western Civilization

    09/23/2018 4:19:58 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    Church Militant ^ | Feb 2018 | Rodney Pelletier, William Slattery
    HEROISM AND GENIUS is the dramatic flesh-and-blood account of the real men who built the West's civilization during the dark centuries after the collapse of the Roman Empire. It tells the inspiring story of how these towering giants of mankind, their minds imbued with the genius of Christianity, integrated the achievements of the Jewish people, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Germanics, creating a new society that embodied the Catholic vision of God and man, time and eternity. Although it highlights the role of priests, there are countless interesting insights into the formidable laymen and women who also shaped the new social...
  • Putting things in perspective: There Are Holy Priests, Too (They just don't make headlines)

    09/17/2018 8:38:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2018 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    I’ve been thinking a lot about priests lately. In truth, I often do, as some of my best friends happen to wear Roman collars. I see them on their low days, and I see them in moments of true total self-surrender. Of course, you know why I’d be thinking about them even more lately. For priests who seek holiness in loving service to God’s people — striving to see God in every person they encounter — these are grueling times. And a few conversations I’ve had lately have reminded me that the good and holy among them, while still human...
  • Two Chicago PRIESTS are caught by police performing a sex act inside a car in broad daylight

    09/05/2018 9:52:22 AM PDT · by buffyt · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/4/2018 | By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
    Two Chicago PRIESTS are caught by police performing a sex act inside a car on a Miami street in broad daylight A bystander called police after spotting the two men engaging in oral sex inside a rented black Volkswagen around 3.20pm on Monday. The car was parked across the street from both a park and a children's playground. The officer said he could see Berrio, who was sitting in the passenger seat, performing oral sex on Cortez, who was in the driver's seat The officer said he could see Berrio, who was sitting in the passenger seat, performing oral sex...
  • Catholic priests arrested after allegedly engaging in sex act in car near Miami Beach: report

    09/05/2018 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 5, 2018 | Louis Casiano
    Two Catholic priests were arrested Monday after police said they were caught performing sex acts on each other in a parked car near a Miami Beach playground, reports said. Diego Berrio, 39, and Edwin Giraldo Cortez, 30, face charges of lewd and lascivious behavior after a passerby spotted the alleged rendezvous in a rented Volkswagen Beetle in broad daylight, the New York Post reported. Giraldo Cortes also faces an indecent exposure charge. The car did not have tinted windows, so officers said they were able to witness the sexual acts upon arrival, the newspaper reported. The two Chicago-area priests apparently...
  • The Modern Catholic Church

    09/04/2018 7:08:53 PM PDT · by bogusname · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/04/2018 | Salt
    Two Priests show the true purpose for their service.
  • [Catholic Caucus] St. Monica and Prayers for Priests

    08/27/2018 8:34:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-26-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Monica and Prayers for Priests Msgr. Charles Pope • August 26, 2018 • On the Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers.In this time of pain in the Church where God’s people are rightly disturbed by the sins of the clergy, I know too that many of you have assured me and many clergy of your prayers. And thus, St. Monica, especially in this difficult time is an image not only of prayers for...