Some of the more successful college basketball teams in the NCAA tournament in recent years are Catholic. One thing many of them have? A chaplain to provide spiritual support.
Seton Hall University
Fr. Warren Hall was barred from ministry for supporting gay advocacy groups and backing a Catholic high school counselor who was fired for being in a same-sex marriage.
In May, Fr. Warren Hall was abruptly dismissed from his position as the popular campus chaplain at Seton Hall University in New Jersey because the Catholic archbishop of Newark said his advocacy against anti-gay bullying and his identity as a gay man undermined church teaching.
A Catholic priest in New Jersey who says he was dismissed from his campus ministry job over a Facebook post against anti-gay bullying and racism has come out as gay.
Fr. Warren Hall told Outsports, a magazine for gay athletes, that while he remained committed to his vocation as a priest and to his vow of celibacy, he was not going to hide his sexual orientation.
"I have to be myself," Hall said. "I can't worry what other people think."
Leymah Gbowee expressed gratitude to the U.S. for responding to the Ebola crisis but said her country needs health care more than it needs troops.
Nearly 3,000 men from throughout the Newark archdiocese and other parts of New Jersey filled Seton Hall University's recreation complex Saturday for a robust spiritual workout.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York launched the sixth annual Newark archdiocesan Catholic Men's Conference with a keynote address before the men spent the day hearing other talks, praying, sharing in small groups, celebrating the sacrament of penance, and rallying around a festive eucharistic procession.