Fr. Peter Daly is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and has been pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick, Md., since 1994. For almost 20 years, Daly wrote a column for Catholic News Service that went to diocesan publications. He has also written for The Washington Post, Catholic Digest, Reader's Digest, the ABA Journal, and other local publications. He has a 20-pound cat named Russell.

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Honoring Barr this year, National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is so clearly a political event

Priestly Diary: Attorney General William Barr is to be given the Christifideles Laici award by the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Sept. 23. Really? How exactly does Barr as U.S. attorney general exemplify the teachings of the church?


I'm done with the Knights of Columbus

Priestly Diary: I have been a member of the Knights for 33 years. But now, I am quitting. Because the top brass injected the Knights into a partisan campaign at a moment of crisis in our national life.


My 'death box' has both practical and spiritual purpose

Priestly Diary: During this coronavirus shutdown, I have been working on projects at home, like my "death box." Not an attractive name, but a necessary part of planning for death in our culture.


The church can offer courage, experience during this pandemic

Priestly Diary: Like the Black Plague, COVID-19 will probably have some long-term impact on the Catholic Church. I suspect that it will accelerate two seemingly contradictory trends.