Church Priest – Obotafumeiro Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:08:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Church Priest – Obotafumeiro 32 32 With searches, Ukraine focuses suspicion on the Orthodox clergy Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:20:03 +0000

Kyiv, Ukraine — An investigation into a centuries-old monastic complex in the Ukrainian capital and other religious sites has highlighted the suspicions of Ukrainian authorities towards some Orthodox Christian clerics whom they consider loyal to Russia despite the war of nine month of Moscow against the country.

The raid by security services and police personnel at the Pechersk Lavra Monastery, one of Kyiv’s most revered Orthodox sites, was unusual but did not take place in isolation.

Ukraine’s Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Service reported on Wednesday that its agents had searched more than 350 religious buildings in total, including sites in another monastery and a diocese in the Rivne region, 240 kilometers away ( 150 miles) west of Kyiv.

And the service, known by its Ukrainian initials SBU, accused the bishop of another diocese of pro-Moscow activity last week after it searched church premises and found materials that allegedly justified the Russian invasion. .

The SBU said the effort was part of its “systematic work to counter the subversive activities of Russian special services in Ukraine.”

Orthodox Christians constitute the largest religious population in Ukraine. But they have been fractured along lines that echo political tensions over Ukraine’s defense of its independence and Western orientation amid Russia’s continued claim to political and spiritual hegemony in the region – a concept sometimes called the “Russian world”.

Many Orthodox leaders spoke out fiercely in favor of Ukrainian independence and denounced the Russian invasion. But recent research shows authorities suspect places like Pechersk Lavra — a UNESCO World Heritage site revered as the birthplace of Orthodox monasticism in this region — of being nests of pro-Russian sentiment and activity.

Ukrainian authorities investigated some clergy earlier in the war but have largely shown deference so far, said Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, professor of ecclesiology, international relations and ecumenism at the Sankt Ignatios College, University College Stockholm.

That deference has now faded, with many Ukrainians believing church officials should “be as equal before the law as all of us,” said Hovorun, an Orthodox priest from Ukraine.

“Some key metropolitans of the Ukrainian church were quite famous and notorious for publicly supporting the ‘Russian world’ ideology,” he said. “It’s not a secret.”

The SBU said on Wednesday that during this week’s operations, more than 50 people underwent “extensive counterintelligence interviews, including using a polygraph.” He said they included Russians and other foreigners, some without valid passports.

He also said he detected “pro-Russian literature, which is used during studies in seminaries and parochial schools, including for the propaganda of the ‘Russian world'”.

In Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused the Ukrainian authorities of “waging a war against the Russian Orthodox Church”.

But the Reverend Mykolay Danylevich, who has often served as a spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, took issue with Peskov’s characterization on social media site Telegram, saying the UOC is not Russian. The UOC declared independence from Moscow in May.

“The UOC is the same ‘Russian Church’ as ​​Kherson is a ‘subject’ of the Russian Federation,” he wrote, referring to the city liberated by Ukrainian troops after Russia illegally seized it. annexed.

The SBU operation follows a Nov. 12 service at the Pechersk Lavra complex where a Ukrainian Orthodox priest was filmed speaking about Russia’s “awakening.” Songs praising the “Russian world” were sung, he added.

“Those who, in the conditions of a full-scale war launched by Russia against Ukraine, are waiting for the ‘awakening of Mother Rus’ must understand that this harms the security and interests of Ukraine and our citizens And we will not allow such protests,” SBU chief Vasyl Maliuk said.

Separately, the SBU said last week that it had denounced the “subversive activities” of Metropolitan Jonathan of the Diocese of Tulchin and Bratslav in western Ukraine.

The service alleged that he was storing printed materials justifying Russia’s invasion in his church and planned to distribute them. He said the material called for “the seizure of state power and the modification of the borders of our country”.

Metropolitan Jonathan denied the allegations, saying they “do not represent the truth”.

The SBU said on its Facebook page that it was following legal procedures. He said he “adheres to the principle of impartiality of the activities of any religious belief and respects the right of every citizen to freedom of secularism and religion”.

The term “Russian world” serves as a flashpoint in a culture war underlying the shooting war. It portrays Moscow as the protector and cultivator of a millennial Orthodox Christian culture shared across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Patriarch of Moscow Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, justified the war as part of a “metaphysical struggle”, with Russia acting to protect Ukraine from the liberal encroachment of the West, which is manifesting through events such as gay pride parades.

Orthodoxy in Ukraine is divided.

The historic branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been officially loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church since the 17th century. But after splinter groups organized as the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, they were recognized in 2019 as an independent church by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The Russian church fiercely rejects this decision as illegitimate.

And three months after the start of the war, the part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that had remained loyal to Moscow then declared its independence.

But the relationship of this church with Moscow remains ambiguous.

“His status is no longer clear,” added John Burgess, author of “Holy Rus’: The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia” and professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

“There is a certain division within this church,” with priests and other leaders “who are very vocally pro-Moscow,” he said. But in other dioceses, priests no longer mention Kirill by name in public prayers – a ritually powerful snub in the Orthodox tradition, where such prayers are common as an expression of church unity.

The search for Ukrainians from Pechersk Lavra is sensitive. Dating back to the 11th century, it includes a maze of caves, tombs of saints and Baroque churches, according to UNESCO.

“From an American pluralism perspective, you would say, ‘Really? Would you raid a church because someone sang a song? said Burgess. “But this is war. There is so much anger at Russia and so much anger at anything that seems to be associated with Russia. We’ll see if the security forces really found something.


Smith reported from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AP journalist Inna Varenytsia in Kyiv contributed to this.


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Catholics welcome new priests in war-torn Myanmar Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:41:00 +0000

Hundreds of faithful attend the ordination ceremony of 10 new priests and a deacon on November 20

This photo from the ‘Kantarawaddy Times’ taken on May 24, 2021 shows a damaged church in which four refugees were killed by army shelling in Loikaw, Kayah State, eastern Myanmar. (Photo: Kantarawaddy Times/AFP)

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The Church in Myanmar has welcomed 10 new priests and a deacon as a blessing to the Catholic minority amid the conflict sparked by the February 2021 military coup.

Bishop Peter Hla of Pekhon Diocese presided over priestly and diaconal ordination with hundreds of priests at Christ the King Cathedral in Loikaw, capital of Kayah State, on November 20.

Hundreds of Catholics as well as relatives of newly ordained priests joined the Holy Eucharist.

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Of the 11, nine newly ordained priests are from the Diocese of Loikaw and the other priest and deacon are from the Congregation of the Missionary of the Faith.

In the homily, Bishop Hla urged the new priests to listen to the words of Christ the King and respond to the spiritual and physical needs of the people, especially the displaced people.

“At present, thousands of people have been displaced due to the conflict and they are taking refuge in the Diocese of Loikaw and other dioceses. They thirst for the Bible, for justice and peace and truth,” the Prelate said.

“You are chosen by God to become a pastor, so try to meet the spiritual and physical needs of displaced people,” he added.

“It is a special day and a blessing for the diocese as well as for the Church in Myanmar, as we have the opportunity to celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King and the ordination of priests,” Fr. Celso Ba said. Shwe, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Loikaw.

The Diocese of Loikaw is in one of the areas hardest hit by the conflict. Several parishes have been completely abandoned by priests, nuns and parishioners who have fled to safe areas following intensified fighting since May 2021.

At least seven Catholic churches and a convent in the diocese were hit by artillery fire and airstrikes by the Burmese army.

At least 170,000 civilians in Kayah state – more than half of its population of 300,000 – have been forced from their homes, according to the Karenni Civil Society Network.

Myanmar’s Catholic community has over 1,000 priests, about 2,000 nuns and hundreds of catechists serving in 16 dioceses.

Churches have been attacked, clergy arrested and thousands of community members displaced as a result of the military junta’s combat operations.

At least five dioceses – Loikaw, Pekhon, Hakha, Kalay and Mandalay – have been badly affected by the conflict.

The army used airstrikes and heavy weapons in the fighting with the combined forces of the ethnic armed groups and the recently emerged popular defense forces in the predominantly Christian Kayah, Shan, Chin, Karen and Kachin states. .

At least 2,500 people have lost their lives in the brutal crackdown on opponents of the regime and more than 16,000 have been detained since the February 1, 2021 military coup.

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]]> Episcopal priest charged with defrauding $10m hospitality charity Fri, 18 Nov 2022 16:30:00 +0000

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An Episcopal Church priest and businessman were recently charged with defrauding a Kansas-based foster care organization out of approximately $10 million.

A federal grand jury in Topeka has indicted Rev. Robert Smith of Salina and William Byrd Whymark of Mount Kisco, New York, with allegedly defrauding Salina-based Saint Francis Ministries, according to a statement from the Kansas District Attorney’s Office. .

Smith faces one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of money laundering and 15 counts of wire fraud. Whymark was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, three counts of money laundering and 10 counts of wire fraud.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating, while Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christine Kenney and Skipper Jacobs are prosecuting the case.

Authorities say Smith used his position as chief executive of SFM to strike a deal on behalf of the ministry with a company owned by Whymark in 2018. From there, Smith allegedly authorized the payment of fraudulent and over-inflated invoices from Whymark.

Authorities accuse Smith of using SFM credit cards for personal and unauthorized expenses.

Ordained in 2011, Smith served as CEO of SFM from 2014 until 2020, when the nonprofit’s board of directors allegedly forced him to resign over concerns about financial mismanagement.

Bishop Paula Clark, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, where Smith was a canonical resident, announced that Smith was suspended “from all priestly and ministerial duties.” She ordered Smith to have “no direct access to credit cards, bank accounts, or any other funds held by the church.”

“I will be meeting with Reverend Smith regularly as these legal proceedings unfold to ensure he abides by the terms of this suspension,” Clark said, as reported by Episcopal News Service.

“The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago takes allegations of clergy misconduct very seriously and is cooperating fully with legal authorities.”

Smith was suspended in 2020 after leaving SFM. However, the suspension was lifted when an investigation into his activities failed to find evidence of wrongdoing, ENS reported.

In response to the indictment, SFM released a statement to Omaha, Nebraska-based WOWT News saying that its executives “appreciate the diligence shown by all parties in pursuing the justice”.

“As the case progresses, Saint Francis will continue to work transparently and cooperatively with federal authorities in the investigative process,” SFM said.

State Rep. Susan Concannon, a Republican who chairs the Joint Committee on Oversight of the Child Welfare System, said at a meeting Wednesday that SFM “doesn’t deserve to pursue a partnership with the state of Kansas in any capacity.”

“I am horrified by the level of devious behavior of Saint Francis,” Concannon said, according to The Associated Press. “The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know!”

SFM has filed a lawsuit against Smith, Whymark and his former chief attorney seeking to recover the stolen funds.

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Why should church priests be paid from the public treasury? Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:22:21 +0000

Andhra Pradesh High Court questions pro-Christian YSR Congress government

Amaravati (AP) – The Andhra Pradesh High Court has questioned the salary paid to church priests (pastors) by the state government headed by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. The High Court asked the government: “Why should church priests be paid out of the public purse? The High Court also said: “Expenditure on religious activities/programmes is another matter and payment of salary to a priest is different.”

Vijay Kumar of Vijayawada had filed a public interest litigation in the High Court challenging the state government’s decision to pay the salaries of Christian priests. The High Court has asked the government to respond in this case. Andhra Pradesh government is also being questioned on social media why priests are being paid with public money?

1. While pleading on behalf of Vijay Kumar, Advocate P Shri Raghuram told the court that the chief priests of the temple are paid from donations made by devotees. Imams in mosques are also paid in this way, but church priests are paid directly by the public treasury.

2. Advocate General S Sriram, while arguing on behalf of the state government, told the court that the state government can make grants for religious activities under Section 27 of the Constitution.

3. On this point, the High Court said that spending on religious holidays and paying salary are two different things. The payment of priests’ salaries cannot be considered as an expense for religious celebrations.

4. There are reports of Christian missionaries in Andhra Pradesh involved in conversions. Yuvajan Shramika Rithu Congress MP Krishnam Raju had raised his voice against Christian missionaries involved in conversions in Andhra Pradesh. Raju had demanded the security of the Center citing a threat to his life from his own party. MP Raju had said in June 2020 that missionaries were openly converting people in Andhra Pradesh. Although the number of Christians in the state is 2.5% according to government statistics, the actual number is not less than 25%.

Editorial point of view

  • If Hindus make any religious demand they would preach “India is a secular country” while on the other hand every government has propaganda to waste money on Muslims and Christians based on the religion. When will the Hindus realize this?
  • What’s wrong if someone thinks that “Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is himself a Christian so the public treasury is wasted on priests”?
  • Why are the so-called secularists keeping quiet now?

Former Coquitlam parish priest accused of sexual abuse Sat, 12 Nov 2022 16:06:28 +0000

Father Georges Chevrier, parish priest from 1971 to 1977, died

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A woman who claims she was groomed and sexually abused as a child in the mid-1970s while attending Our Lady of Fatima Church in Coquitlam is suing a number of Catholic Church entities.

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Identified in her notice of civil suit as LV, the plaintiff seeks damages in a civil suit brought before the Supreme Court of British Columbia against the estate of the late father Georges Chevrier.

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The Archdiocese of Vancouver and several other institutions associated with Chevrier’s labor history are also named as defendants.

LV’s lawsuit asserts that she had the inherent right to live out her childhood and youth “unaffected by the unhealthy, dangerous, and immoral interference and public nuisance of the predatory and systematic sexual abuse of the Roman Catholic clergy.”

Chevrier was pastor of the Coquitlam church from 1971 to 1977. He died in 2003.

LV alleges that between 1973 and 1977, beginning at the age of nine, she was sexually abused and beaten numerous times by Chevrier on church and school grounds.

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Sexual allegations in court documents include various forms of physical and sexual assault ranging from groping to intercourse.

In one instance, two other men, whom LV believed to be priests, observed and participated, according to the claim.

LV has a congenital disability, and the civil suit states that Chevrier “willfully targeted and exploited plaintiff’s pre-existing vulnerabilities resulting from her problems at home, pre-existing abuse, condition, overt kindness, smiles, ‘acceptance, love and guidance’.

Chevrier’s grooming included pulling her out of catechism classes to make her feel “special” and threatening her family if she told anyone about the abuse, according to the civil complaint.

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LV alleges that in 2008 she spoke to the Archdiocese about the abuse. She says she was offered token compensation, but was not told that Chevrier had a history of sexual abuse allegations, according to the complaint.

The claim indicates that LV did not learn Chevrier’s story until later.

Lawsuits were filed in Saskatoon in 1999 and Regina in 2004 citing Chevrier and several other school staff as attackers.

The archdiocese’s failure to acknowledge the historic allegations against Chevrier resulted in further damages, according to LV’s lawsuit.

Chevrier was a member of the Order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), and the suit names several corporate bodies associated with the religious order, as well as several other Canadian archdioceses and parishes where he worked.

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Chevrier served as acting principal of St. Michael’s Indian Residential School between 1950 and 1954 in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, and was subsequently the subject of numerous allegations of sexual abuse by former students, according to the LV lawsuit. .

Her lawsuit claims that the institutional defendants “knew or should have known” of the sexual abuse allegations against Chevrier and were negligent in failing to protect her.

The lawsuit accuses the institutional defendants of continuing to participate in historic “systemic abuse” by covering up child sexual abuse by its clergy, allowing “pedophile rings to form.”

“The institutional defendants, collectively and individually, were complicit in a culture of entrenched clericalism, secrecy, and distorted beliefs that fostered clergy psychosexual immaturity,” the complaint states.

None of the charges against him have been proven in court. No response has been filed.

Patrick Penner is a reporter for the Tri-Cities Dispatch

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Community Heroes: Retired Army Colonel, Roman Catholic Priest Pastor of the Scared Heart Congregation | New Thu, 10 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Few people whose examples of service to God and country are more fully integrated than that of Father Patrick Egan.

Today, Egan is the pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cullman – a position he has held since 2009 – and although he felt the pull to the priesthood as a young man, his first call came early and hard.

“I wanted to be a soldier when I was 3,” Egan said in an October interview with Sacred Heart. “I always wanted to be a soldier. I remember I was about 5 when we stopped after mass. I can’t remember when it was, but it couldn’t have been a Sunday because my dad stopped by and went to buy me a helmet from an old army surplus store. – you don’t see them anymore – and man, that helmet was gold. and he bought me a World War II ammunition belt.

Having such a supportive and tolerant family, Egan said, was key to the life choices he would make.

“I also had toy soldiers – I had quite an elaborate set. My parents, God bless them. …I had battlegrounds set up and my bedroom wasn’t big enough, so I did it in the dining room and part of the living room, and they let me go and didn’t interfere with things. … I had a pretty robust arsenal.

What Egan also had was an increasingly robust drive to join the military, a drive that would manifest more fully in college.

“I joked that I went to ROTC, but I had to go to college to do it,” Egan said. “I graduated from UNA, Florence State at that time, at 7:00 p.m. June 4, 1971 and at 3:00 p.m. June 5, I reported to Fort Benning.”

“I wasn’t in too much of a rush, was I?” he said.

Although much of the military, and the military itself, is famous for its “hurry up and wait,” the young infantry officer’s career seemed to be on a fast track. Demonstrating a strong aptitude for leadership, Egan would hold increasingly senior positions, including as an executive officer, training company commander, operations officer, staff commander, XO, or officer. executive of a tank battalion, commander of an infantry battalion, garrison commander and in his last posting, as deputy chief of staff for installation management – the “chief of operations of back to the Pentagon, again”.

“So I’m done 30 years,” Egan said, traveling through those three decades from that first posting in Georgia to the Pentagon and much of the world, including West Point and, later, the Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm during the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War.

Retired as a colonel and still a young man, Egan will then try to meet the needs of the military in the civilian world.

“I went to work (for a former military colleague) for a few months,” Egan said. “I’m glad I didn’t stay because it wasn’t me.”

It was then that the retired officer – and future priest – said he began to hear God’s call more urgently and to remember that earlier push into Holy Orders – and the House.

“I arrived in Saint-Bernard in September 2001 and have stayed there ever since,” he said.

“If I really think about it, I was raised by the Benedictine nuns in Florence,” Egan said. “I loved being a mass server, and they used to have summer camps there. … We were living the life of a monk and I really liked that. But at that time I wanted to be a soldier, that’s all I thought about.

“But it’s funny, because (St Bernard’s Abbey) Abbot Hilary (Dreaper) was friends with my parents and at that time he said, ‘I thought we had it. “”

Although St. Bernard would not then claim Egan, the abbot was prescient and the order patient. Thirty years later, the soldier would “change uniforms, though you still have three hots and a cot”, after finding himself increasingly praying, and increasingly before “worshipping all every day for 30 minutes, an hour, an hour and a half.”

The time had come. With his prayer group for support, Egan said, “I’ll check that out. And it was just a wonderful visit just after Christmas. …I came back in March and … I thought, man, I have to try. So, I had already applied in March and I was accepted.

For Egan, the new career and the new journey had only just begun. Entering the monastery at 51 was an unlikely path to the priesthood, but, like his focus on the military, he was determined.

“I don’t know what I would have done if they had said, no, you’re not going to be a priest,” he said.

But the answer was “yes,” and Egan went to St. Vincent Seminary in 2003 not only to study, but to catch up.

“I must have cram 26 hours of philosophy into a year,” he said. “Wow.”

As he navigated his graduate studies in his 50s, Egan would rely on his military training and, more importantly, the lessons he had learned as a child.

“I tell people that one of the greatest gifts my parents gave me is discipline, self-discipline, not being like everyone else,” he said. “I hated doing my homework. I was a procrastinator, but I already had the germ of discipline. I have never taken drugs. I hated beer. The only time I got drunk was at my high school graduation party – I never did that again.

Egan would be ordained in June 2008, at age 58, relying not only on military discipline but also on prayers to sustain him. He had come full circle, which he knew for sure when he returned to north Alabama, taking over the ministry and leadership of Sacred Heart in June 2009.

“When I came back, as I was getting out of the car, this voice in my head, clear as a bell, said, ‘This is where you belong,'” Egan said. “So I just took that as the Lord speaking to me – and here I am.”

What is the real story behind the Boston scandal? Sun, 06 Nov 2022 18:00:00 +0000

Projector was released in 2015 and became a huge hit, winning over critics and audiences alike. At the Oscars, the film won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, out of six nominations in total, including Best Director for Todd McCarthy and Best Supporting Actor/Actress for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, respectively. . Projector was co-written by McCarthy and Josh Singer, and tackles the subject of the Boston Globe’s ream of investigative reporting that exposed the widespread sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests.

The film is based on the real investigation of journalists from Boston, which took place over several years. Documents have been released over several years that have revealed the sinister behavior of the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and, what is more, the active cover-up in which the institution participated to protect its clergy. Here’s a look at the real story behind ProjectorBoston scandal.


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Projector centers on Mary Baron of the Boston Globe, who assigns a team of reporters to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, a priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. The investigation is led by Michael (Ruffalo), who obtained information by interviewing victims and unsealing documents. The team is on a mission to uncover the abuse that countless children face within the Roman Catholic Church.

The film was a huge hit and featured performances from Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci, with Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber and Billy Crudup in supporting roles. The movie won a big Oscar and brought attention to the subject based on a real case.

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The story is loosely based on the real Boston Catholic Archdiocese abuse scandal that received wide attention in 2002, when the Boston Globe published the results of an investigation that led to criminal charges against five Roman Catholic priests for sexual abuse of minors. The case encouraged many victims to come forward and many lawsuits followed to uncover the hidden abuses.

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) published a 22-page case study of the journalism involved in this series in 2009, which inspired the creation of Projector. One of the most aggravating aspects of the case has been attempts by the Roman Catholic Church to cover up these incidents. The investigation found the church covered up up to 250 cases of sexual abuse, and investigators said it was rage and the unfair nature of this that spurred the inquiries. The case inspired accountability from the church and encouraged individuals around the world to come forward.

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Some things depicted in Projector different from what happened in real life. In the film, for example, Pfieffer interviews an ex-priest Ronald H. Paquin, who openly admits to molesting young boys, noting how he “received no gratification” from it. In reality, the confessions were not released so quickly and unfolded over a series of interviews that took place over several months and featured input from other journalists.

The film was eventually criticized by the Church, with some characters stating that it misrepresented how the Church responded to the allegations, saying they edited this for dramatic effect. Boston College High School public affairs director Jack Dunn ended up accusing McCarthy of defamation due to the way he was portrayed in the movie, Regardless, Projector did a lot to raise awareness of the horrific scandal.

]]> Newly Ordained—Opportunities and Blessings Abound Thu, 03 Nov 2022 21:45:38 +0000

Father Quan Nguyen

God is so good. I am continually amazed at how the Lord has continued to bless me in ways I never thought possible. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to look back and reflect on what that first year was like.

The year has definitely passed quickly, filled with experiences and blessings too numerous to recount in full. How grateful I am to God for calling me to be a priest of Jesus Christ. The feelings of excitement have faded, which is to be expected, but the deeper, deeper experiences of joy and gratitude remain strong.

My first assignment had many opportunities for many different ministries. I was so excited to start my priesthood and serve the people of St. Patrick and St. Boniface Churches. Becoming a priest helped me fulfill my desire to serve God and his people. I discover deep dimensions of what it means to be a servant of God and of the church, to be a faithful witness to the Word of God in my life with a humble heart and a prayerful soul. I had the opportunity to express God’s love for the sick, the poor and the vulnerable.

One of the most impressive experiences of my priestly ministry in the parish is celebrating the sacraments with the people and for the people. I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate baptisms and to see in children the new creation, the new life.

I celebrated with children the first communion they received – the moment they were looking forward to with joyful anticipation. I spoke with adults and children about reconciliation, recognizing that we are all sinners in need of God’s love and mercy. I have accompanied young couples who are preparing for the sacrament of marriage in which they bring to life the incredible beauty of the mysteries of God.

I have visited many families, nursing homes and hospitals to bring the healing touch of Christ through holy anointing and blessing. I spent many blessed times celebrating funerals with the families whose loved ones passed away.

In particular, my priesthood has been greatly enriched by celebrating the Eucharist with the people every day, in which we are nourished and refreshed with heavenly foods. All of these have been moments of deep joy for me that I could never have imagined.

I also enjoy being involved in many other parish and school activities. I have accompanied young people on mission trips and retreats during which we obtain many wonderful experiences to enrich the journey of faith, hope and love. I have participated in many spiritual events that help me deepen the love of Jesus and make me stronger in my relationship with others.

Indeed, working in the parish helps me realize that ministry is less about what I do than about encouraging and attracting people for the building up of the Body of Christ.

As a priest of Jesus Christ in holy cooperation, I hope to have been configured in Christ and sanctified not in my name but in the person of Christ the Head.

I try to bear abundant fruit for the life of the Church and for the salvation of the world in my priestly life.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have loved me in a way that words cannot express – your love, hospitality, kindness, support, patience, generosity and sacrifice.

Peace and blessings!

Father Quan Nguyen was ordained a priest by Archbishop Emeritus Joseph E. Kurtz on May 29, 2021.

New Catholic Fiction Book Follows New Priest’s Conflicts With Church Teachings Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000

A priest reflects on his work through his daily journals

Calgary, AB, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Author Jack Scissons’ The first book follows a new priest on a mission as he promotes current church teachings on married priests, male and female, abortion, divorce, assisted dying, and LGBTQIA+ rights.

” Catholic Church ? Why not ? : Diaries of a Small-Town Priest” is told day-to-day as a diary entry. A newly ordained priest believes current church teachings are blasé and discriminatory. He believes the teachings of the gospels that emphasize love, non-judgment and forgiveness would be more inspiring to the world.

“The Catholic Church should be open to everyone, especially those who make mistakes, feel hurt, or are treated as outcasts in society; the Church should not exclude anyone,” Scissons said.

Scissons wrote this book while isolated during the first outbreak of COVID-19. He drew inspiration from his own experience as a priest and from writers like Morris West, Graham Green, Andrew Greley and JF Powers. He explained that writing this book was a “wonderful opportunity to reflect on his own Catholic practice”. Scissons discovered how “saddened and disappointed” he is with the current leadership of the Catholic Church.

“Catholic Church? Why Not? Diary of a Small Town Priest”
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Jack Scissons was born in 1939 and was a practicing Catholic all his life. He was ordained a priest in 1964. After working as a priest, both in Canada and in Brazil, he resigned from the priesthood in 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Masters in Social Work. He worked for about 32 years as an urban planner, revitalizing old downtown areas. He is retired, writes and lives with his wife Kathleen in Calgary, AB. To learn more, please visit

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Gay bishop, whose appointment split the church years ago, visits Falls Church Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:32:23 +0000


Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson stood before dozens of captivated listeners Saturday in a worship space at Falls Church to share his personal story as a member of the Episcopal Church. first openly gay bishop. It was the first time Robinson had visited the 300-year-old church after its dedication led to the Church of Falls institution splitting in two.

Robinson’s ordination to the bishop of New Hampshire in 2003 prompted more conservative members to break away from the Episcopal Church, with a wide range of followers who did not approve of having an openly gay man in the role founding their own church, The Falls Church Anglican, leaving behind a small liberal group.

The split sparked a lengthy legal debate over church ownership that ended in 2014 when the Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court’s ruling that secular property belonged to the Episcopal Church.

While each side has charted its own course since Robinson was appointed coadjutor bishop in 2003, Robinson himself has had time to reflect on how he became widely known as the “gay bishop” who brought “ Satan in the church,” as one Kenyan leader put it. many years ago of his election.

Bishop Gene Robinson delivered a moving speech at the interment service for Matthew Shepard at the National Cathedral in Washington on Oct. 26. (Video: Reuters)

On Saturday, Reverend Burl Salmon of The Falls Church, 51, who is openly gay, introduced Robinson.

“Your presence among us on this day is history,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

Robinson, 75, began by telling attendees that he had been praying for them since the split, explaining that divisions within congregations had never been his intention.

He described his life as a boy from a sharecropping family that used an outhouse, to a young man who found the Episcopal Church at Southern University in Sewanee, Tennessee. Higher education was where he found a faith he says still clings to his bones.

While living in New York, Robinson asked a therapist if it was possible to be turned heterosexual because he wanted a family and loved children. He then married a woman and had two children, but the marriage dissolved over a decade later.

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“She freed me to lead a life with men and I freed her to lead a life with men,” he joked.

Almost two years later, he met her now deceased ex-husband on a beach in Sainte-Croix, a partnership that would last for decades.

Robinson said he had the courage to be an openly gay man after reading “Embracing the Exile: Healing Journeys of Gay Christians” by John E. Fortunato, a book from which he read passages at the beginning and end. end of his speech.

The day Robinson found out he had been made a bishop, he received his first death threat the moment he returned home and continued to receive death threats for two years, he said. Police would remain present at his New Hampshire home until he left in 2013, he said as he tore and turned crimson.

At the height of the frenzy that surrounded him, Robinson said reporters often asked him what he thought was the reason for so many churches splitting.

“I didn’t force Falls Church or any other church to do what they did,” he said. “I did what I did.”

Victoria Turner, 27, a student at Montgomery College, was among dozens of people who showed up to hear Robinson speak. Turner, who identifies as gay, had heard of Robinson over the years, and her election surprised her when she found out, she said.

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“Up to that point, I had known a lot of Christian and gay-identifying people,” she said. “I knew these things could be in conjunction with each other. It was surprising that it could create such a schism.

The Episcopal Church The response to Robinson made her wonder if she should call herself a Christian, she said. But a gay priest in her hometown of Minneapolis explained to her that the bigotry of some does not determine what is true for the majority, she said.

Hearing Robinson speak reminded her that she needed to work to find ways to make more people feel welcome in faith-based spaces, she said.

“There’s nothing wrong with me that could keep me from going to heaven,” she said. “You are still loved and you are still a child of God.”

Robinson isn’t as prominent among the faithful as he was nearly 20 years ago, although many know who he is, Salmon said in an interview. Most church members are no longer the same members who made the choice to separate in 2006, he said.

For the small number of original members, Robinson’s return offered a sense of closure to those who still carry the pain of the split many years later.

“A lot has happened in the world,” Salmon said, citing her own marriage in Mississippi to her husband. “The world has changed, the church has changed, but I think it’s because of Gene.”