Francis to Benedict: “You, Your Holiness, continue to serve the Church…”

June 28, 2016 A beautiful and heartfelt tribute from one successor of Peter to another: Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI on Tuesday made a rare appearance together, at a ceremony to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood. Pope Francis praised and thanked the Pope emeritus for spending his priestly life for the Read More…

Remembering the great Pat Summitt

June 28, 2016 The legendary women’s basketball coach from Tennessee has died at the shockingly young age of 64. She was extraordinary. We profiled her on “60 Minutes Wednesday” back in 1999, and I remember that her fierce determination and tireless energy were something to behold. She was riveting. This tribute from the ESPY Awards a few years ago, Read More…

Bishop: “I am here to confess, apologize and repent…”

June 27, 2016 From RNS:  A single chime rang out after each abuse victim’s statement was read over the speakers at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Kansas City, a solemn echo to enduring pain. It was a simple, symbolic gesture but one that had an almost inexpressible resonance for those who had been abused, and Read More…

Bishop tries out homelessness for 36 hours

June 27, 2016 I’ve never heard of a bishop doing something like this before. From Canada:  Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home, but for Bishop Donald J. Bolen of Saskatoon and nine others, it was long enough to better understand what being homeless is really like. The bishop, who lives Read More…

5 things I found in “Finding Dory”

June 26, 2016 The Deacon’s Wife and I went to see “Finding Dory” Saturday night. Herewith, a quick overview of what I found—and didn’t—in this hugely popular sequel to the hugely popular “Finding Nemo.” 1. No lesbians. You may recall there was quite a kerfuffle a few weeks back about this being the first Disney movie to feature Read More…

Ordination Update: 11 New Deacons for Springfield, Illinois

June 25, 2016 Congratulations and welcome, brothers! I got to meet these guys when they became lectors two years ago, and I had the privilege of preaching a retreat for them. (And they celebrated my birthday by surprising me with a Batman cake. It doesn’t get much better than that.) Ad multos annos! 

Cleveland Area Priest Attacked at Gunpoint in Confessional

June 25, 2016 Details:  A Rocky River priest was attacked at gunpoint during confession, police said. Rocky River detectives are investigating the incident. The attack happened in the late afternoon hours of June 11 at the St. Christopher parish on Detroit Road. A man requested a confession with a priest. During the confession, the man pulled out a Read More…
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