Maryknoll Father Eddie Killackey was the order’s justice and peace person in Washington during the Central American war years of the 1980s and early 1990s. He was the only American priest many in the local human rights and Latin American concerns community ever knew and was a much loved character, famed for his quick wit. He died last April.
"A long-awaited report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne is due to be made public within weeks," begins a report today in The Irish Times.
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said today the report "is expected to be brought before Cabinet on Tuesday, July 12th and published shortly afterwards" according to the paper. The story says the report on the Cloyne diocese will focus on allegations of child sexual abuse against 19 priests who served there between 1996 and 2009.
Read the entire story here.
In a parish in New South Wales, a public reading of the new translation of the Confiteor was met with “gales of laughter” by the congregation, according to Melanie Lately, who posted her report and reaction on the website of the Association of Catholic priests.
There may be a funny side to it all (she envisions a scene out of Monty Python) but there’s a serious side, too. This educator and mother of children in Catholic schools wonders if anyone’s thought through the implications of teaching youngsters to repeatedly beat their breasts and utter “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault,” essentially, in her view, pronouncing themselves “inwardly filthy.”
Read the entire post here .
Kansas City – St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn July 1 questioned the morality of building new nuclear weapons and modernizing existing ones as he met with a group of local reporters.
The issue is not abstract for local Catholics as the U.S. government is constructing a new nuclear weapons plant south of Kansas City. The plant, which broke ground last September, will produce non-nuclear parts for the nation’s nuclear weapons. It will replace a controversial aging plant that has been making nuclear parts for several decades.
Even in the weeks after 9-11, with all the collective trauma that afflicted the United States, I was not in favor of moving U.S. armed forces into Afghanistan. My thinking at the time went like this: it was not the Afghan people who plotted to destroy the World Trade Center or the Pentagon. It was Al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden.
On this day we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In Haurietis Aquas, On Devotion to the Sacred Heart, Pope Pius XII refutes various objections to the devotion. Some regard it "as a kind of additional practice which each one may take up or not according to his own inclination". Some "see it rather a type of piety nourished not by the soul and mind but by the senses and consequently more suited to the use of women, since it seems to them something not quite suitable for educated men. Moreover there are those who consider a devotion of this kind as primarily demanding penance, expiation and the other virtues which they call 'passive,' meaning thereby that they produce no external results".
Louisville, Ky. Catholic priest indicted on seven sodomy charges
Nearly 300 Sisters of Mercy from across North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Guam and the Philippines gathered at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Ill. June 20-30 to pray, discern a direction for the next six years and host a public witness to call attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
On June 29, the Sisters of Mercy elected the new leadership team for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas: Patricia McDermott, RSM, president; Eileen Campbell, RSM, vice president; Anne Curtis, RSM; Mary Pat Garvin, RSM; and Deborah Troillett, RSM.
Calling attention to the pending removal of Fr. Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, seven activists stood outside a Mass celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the order at its headquarters in New York Wednesday.
The protest came 100 years to the day of the official creation of the order by Pope Pius X.
Bourgeois, who is known for his work as the founder of SOA Watch, received a first warning from Maryknoll superior general Fr. Edward Dougherty in March threatening him with dismissal from the order and laicization by the Vatican if he would not recant his support of women's ordination.
The activist told NCR last week that while he had not yet received the second warning from Dougherty, he was anticipating its arrival "any day." He also said he had been in contact with a canon lawyer and is considering planning a visit to Rome to plead his case.
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers communications manager Mike Virgintino told NCR Friday that because of Bourgeois' retaining of a lawyer, the order has delayed providing a second letter to the priest in order to allow a chance for more dialog.
This was in the mail bag today, from Rita Dwyer, Saginaw, Mich.
I was fortunate enough to attend the American Catholic Council in Detroit [June 10-12]. It was great!
In case you are doing an article on it [Editor’s note: See below.] you are welcome to use my enclosed cartoon. I believe you are the only paper who would print it!”