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From across the pond, a report about a move many have been clamoring for: The Vatican will force the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, to quit if he refuses to resign over the growing […]

It’s always been a “dry” holy day in Ireland — but not this year: A Limerick judge ruled Thursday that the city’s 110 pubs can open April 2 because the city is hosting a major Irish rugby match attracting tens […]

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has evidently been sharpening her stiletto, to take another stab at the Church, but the point is really pretty dull. In every sense. There is so much wrong with her latest column, I don’t […]

“Health care is such an important issue for the United States. It’s very disturbing to see that there seems to be a rush to push through legislation without carefully weighing all of the consequences. I think it’s unfortunate that some […]

Andrew Sullivan just lobbed this grenade into the blogosphere: A priest is discovered to have been actively molesting children. His superior is notified in 1980. One of the things he is told of is the priest’s forcing an 11 year […]

(This is for Cycle A, for the Second Scrutiny.  The scrutinies add time to the liturgy, and the gospel reading is quite long, so I kept the homily brief.  Last week’s mass was about an hour and 15 minutes!) Most […]

This just in, from the Austria Desk: The Archbishop of Vienna today said priestly celibacy could be one of the causes of the sex abuse scandals to hit the Catholic church. In an article for Thema Kirche, his diocesan magazine, […]

The Vatican newspaper thinks so. This little item should raise a few eyebrows — and blood pressures: A greater presence of women in decision-making roles in the church might have helped remove the “veil of masculine secrecy” that covered priestly […]

It’s impossible to tell how much influence these figures have, but it’s an interesting group: Near the end of a bumpy first year in office, President Obama readied for a Christmas vacation in Hawaii, but before he left, he called […]

“I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising […]