Friday, July 15, 2005
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:43 PM Permalink
Episcopal Priest Is Removed in Connecticut : New York Times
In the first step toward defrocking, one of the six Episcopal priests who has opposed the Connecticut bishop's support for the ordination of gay bishops was temporarily removed from his duties as rector of a church in Bristol on Wednesday because he had taken an unauthorized sabbatical.
It looks to me like to save this parish they have to destroy the parish. I wonder if these Episcopalians are open to the idea of becoming Catholic.
More details in this blog
About 10:30, this morning, I got a telephone call at work that Bishop Smith was seizing St. John's building. Could I please come over? Since I work close by, I was able to drive over in about fifteen minutes. I drove into the parking lot, and saw the Sr. Warden talking to Bishop Smith. I walked up to Bishop Smith and shook his hand. "I’m Bill Witt," I said. "I think we’ve met." He remembered me. He should have. I sent him a letter removing myself from the diocesan ordination discernment process right after General Convention. The bishop went into the building. The Sr. Warden and I stood in the parking lot.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:17 AM Permalink
Gunmen shot dead a veteran Italian missionary in northern Kenya last night. : UK Guardian
Bishop Luigi Locati, 77, was killed in Isiolo, a town 200 miles north of Nairobi, as he returned home from a pastoral centre where he had taken his evening meal, said Joseph Samal, development coordinator for the Roman Catholic diocese of Isiolo.Motive unknown.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:02 AM Permalink
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Urinated in Holy Water : Smoking Gun
JULY 8--Meet teenagers Dan Seklar, Richard DeCarolis, and Michael Street. The New York nitwits are facing charges that they desecrated a Rochester church last month by urinating in a holy water vessel, kicking in doors, and throwing wine bottles, according to felony complaints. Investigators estimate that Seklar, 18; DeCarolis, 17; and Street, 16; caused $16,750 in damages during their June 29 rampage at St. Pius X Church. Along with a 15-year-old cohort whose name has not been released, the trio also allegedly skidded bikes across the church's carpeting and swiped a $500 speaker. After posing for the above mug shots snapped by Monroe County Sheriff's deputies, the rotten little punks were released to their parents's custody.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:20 PM Permalink
British cardinal condemns 'false' religion professed by terrorists : CNS
A British cardinal has condemned the "false" religion of terrorists who murdered about 50 civilians in a series of bomb attacks July 7 in London.He didn't condemn Islam being false - which it is, but the presumptive sect of the terrorists, which as a Catholic Cardinal, he has claimed competence to declare what is "true" Islam and what is "false" Islam.
It's a fact that "Holy War" or Jihad is a commandment of Islam. The ground just shifts to defining what form this war takes. The fundamentalists here have the history of the sword of the Prophet and the Caliphs who followed him as supporting the truth of their sect.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:38 PM Permalink
In sanctum Santorum : Boston Globe
Specifically, here's what Santorum wrote about the church pedophile scandal on a religious website called Catholic Online. ''When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political, and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm." ...
I, for one, would like to see the full context. Teddy Kennedy has already seized upon this as "Boston-bashing."
As to it's content -- I'm not so sure that the presence of the liberal academic, political, and cultural institutions of Boston -- have any immediate connection to the scandal of clerical sexual abuse. What's special about Boston: the arrogance of those involved, starting with Cardinal Law, that the reassignment was the right and perhaps only thing to do, that buckling under the blackmail threats was the right thing to do, that secrets would be kept forever. It's for these reasons that Boston's approach was overconfident and the archdiocese took ever greater risks.
I think Cardinal Mahony's archdiocese is going to go down in a spectacular fireball as well. Maybe some other diocese will precede it but LA's time will come.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:11 PM Permalink