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German priest charged with pilfering $1.4 million


According to Reuters:

A retired German priest has been charged with 50 counts of fraud over the theft of $1.4 million worth of church donations, state prosecutors in Wuerzburg said on Tuesday.

The former Roman Catholic priest, aged 77, was detained in May on suspicion of taking donations and collection money from his church in Bavaria. Most of the money, including a large number of coins, was found in his apartment and bank accounts.

"A large portion of the money was recovered," Wuerzburg state prosecutor Dietrich Geuder told Reuters.

Attn: Catholic Republicans


That conservative Catholics pick and choose which teachings they want to follow is not news to readers of this blog. But that they're being called out for it by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson is.

"Gaps in the justice and compassion of a society require government intervention to secure the common good, which is not common until it includes the poor, the immigrant, the sick, the disabled, the unborn. Catholic teaching elevates the primary importance of families, charities and strong communities - while rejecting the simplistic notion that such institutions render government unnecessary," Gerson writes in today's column titled "Catholic Republicans' political beliefs challenged by their faith."

He's talking to you, Catholic Tea-Partiers, especially those with a Libertarian slant. "Catholic social teaching is simply not libertarian," Gerson writes. And he's right.

He also scolds some liberal Catholic politicians "who elevate autonomy and choice as the highest political values - higher even than the rights of the weak."

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.

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


What Do Egypt's Christians Think?

President Obama has appointed LCWR past president Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Catholic church gives blessing to iPhone app

Catholic leaders unhappy with Cuomo, Proposed budget cuts would be higher for private schools than public institutions

Wheaton, Ill. Former deacon who stole from church sentenced

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Rape trial nears end, ex-priest accused of raping boys

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.


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