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Over money questions, pastor threatens to take administrator to court


A classic dispute has officially commenced by the Diocese of Peoria, St. Michael the Archangel Church, located in Streator, Illinois, and a rosary society at legal odds over the ownership of $35,000.

Monsignor John Prendergast, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church, after giving written notice to the rosary society, filed a report with the local police charging an 86-year old, Dorothy Swital, with stealing the funds. Ms. Swital is more than ready for this legal fight.

According to The Times, based in Ottawa, Illinois:

The Rev. Monsignor John Prendergast, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church, confirmed he filed a report with the Streator Police Department accusing her [Ms. Swital] of stealing $35,622.16 in two certificate of deposit accounts formerly in the name of St. Casimir's Altar and Rosary Society.

He believes that money belongs to the church.

Swital, the 86-year old president of the society, does not see it that way.

Anti-Christian violence in Indonesia especially alarming


Three Christian churches, as well as a church-run orphanage and health center, were attacked today in the Java region of Indonesia, in the latest outbreak of anti-Christian violence by Muslim radicals. According to media reports, a Catholic priest was beaten as he tried to defend the tabernacle and the Eucharist against a mob.

On this day: St. Cuthman of Steyning


On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Cuthman, a Saxon shepherd famous for pulling his mother in a cart from Chidham in West Sussex to Steyning in West Sussex, a distance of nearly thirty miles.

When his father died, around the turn of the eighth century, Cuthman was reduced to begging. He decided to travel east, toward the rising sun. Because his mother was unable to walk, Cuthman built a cart in which to wheel her.

Morning Briefing


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Revealing open secrets of the Catholic church


This week on Interfaith Voices, we feature an interview with Father Albert Cutie, the Catholic priest photographed in 2009 by paparazzi with the woman he loved on a beach near Miami. He was a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami and a media star in both Spanish and English in North and South America – often dubbed “Father Oprah.”

Forget the notoriety. Fr. Cutie tells his personal, honest story – a story that has been repeated all too often in the lives of tens of thousands of priests. As a seminarian and a young priest, he was sincere, quite conservative, committed to celibacy… and then Ruhama came along. The chemistry was instantaneous… and from thereon, he was engaged in a struggle between celibacy and human love. He finally married Ruhama and became a priest in the Episcopal Church.

Burke takes possession of Roman church


Cardinal Burke takes possession of his titular church in Rome

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Sealing his new status as a member of the clergy of Rome, U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke celebrated Mass at his titular church in Rome.

The cardinal, who is prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's supreme tribunal, formally took possession of the Church of St. Agatha of the Goths Feb. 5, the feast of the martyred saint.

The US dilemma in Egypt


The United States faces a dilemma of its own making in the Egyptian crisis. Despite expressing sentiments over the years for greater democratization in the Middle East and, for that matter, in other parts of the world, the U.S. has possessed a history over the course of the 20th century and into this century of supporting dictatorships and oppressive military regimes.

We support democracy only up to the point that it does not interfere with our economic, political, and strategic objectives.

On this day: Bl. Pope Pius IX


On this day we observe the feast of Bl. Pope Pius IX.

Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, born in Senigallia on May 13, 1792, was elected Pope on June 16, 1846. The longest reigning Pope in history died on Feb. 7, 1878.

"He had a difficult pontificate, but precisely because of that he was a great Pope, certainly one of the greatest."

--from "Pope Pius IX", L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English 6 September 2000.


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