Tuesday, December 10

NHL player-turned-priest dies from head injury

Les Costello, the former Toronto Maple Leafs player who left the NHL to become a priest, died Tuesday after being injured during a charity hockey game. He was 74.Costello was admitted to Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital last week after sustaining a head injury during a Flying Fathers game in Guelph, Ontario.He was injured when a puck got caught in his skates during the pregame warmups, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the ice. Costello was not wearing a helmet....In 1962, Costello helped form the Flying Fathers which has raised more than $4 million for various charities. The club, made up of Catholic priests, has traveled across Canada and the United States, toured Europe in 1970 and was granted an audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican.



What do we think about the deal between the Manchester, NH diocese and the state?

The settlement includes provisions to deter future abuse and requires annual audits by prosecutors for five years to ensure compliance. Priests and other employees must follow the state's mandatory reporting law for suspected child abuse and immediately report suspicions, even if the victim is no longer a minor.

Any church/state implications here?



Cardinal Law resigns from Catholic University board

Catholic League sues NYC

A Catholic organization has sued New York City, claiming it discriminates against Christian students by allowing Islamic and Jewish holiday symbols to be displayed in public schools while banning nativity creches. "All we're asking for the city of New York to do is to treat Catholics the same way they do Jews and Muslims," said William Donohue, president of the Catholic League. "This is nothing but pure, unadulterated religious discrimination." The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, claims the Department of Education (news - web sites) holiday policy is unconstitutional because it permits Hanukkah menorahs and the Islamic star and crescent as secular symbols but prohibits scenes of Jesus' birth in a manger as religious. It seeks a court injunction against the policy.



Yesterday was the first day of the trial of Dontee Stokes

Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy has called the shooting a case of "vigilante justice" to be prosecuted just as her office would any one of about 400 nonfatal shootings each year.In an opening statement yesterday, prosecutor Sylvester Cox recounted for jurors the facts of the case: how Stokes confronted Blackwell in front of the priest's home, demanded an apology and, after Blackwell ignored him, shot him three times. "What he was thinking about, I have no idea," Cox said.Outside the jury's presence, he urged Judge John N. Prevas to suppress any mention of the alleged abuse -- a motion the judge denied.Brown told jurors that Stokes broke down the night of the shooting, May 13. Stokes was frustrated that nothing was done in 1993 after he told authorities that Blackwell had molested him, and he was angry that Blackwell would not apologize for his conduct, Brown said.



Here's a website I mentioned to you several months ago, but had forgotten about: Catholic Hierarchy.org with fun facts about our episcopacy that you always ached to know. Or not.

Of particular interest to me is the list of currently vacant sees. It's surprisingly lengthy.

Franciscan brother-to-be pleads innocent in priest murder.

A man recently ousted from his training to become a Franciscan brother pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges that he fatally shot a Roman Catholic priest and set fire to his church office. Daniel Montgomery, charged with aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the slaying of the Rev. William Gulas, 68, was ordered held without bond. He was due back in court Jan. 14. Montgomery, 37, was silent during the five minute hearing in Cleveland Municipal Court. Defense attorney Henry Hilow said afterward that he had not yet discussed the case with his client. Authorities would not comment on a motive.



A few other bloggers have noted this piece from Sunday's Globe magazine about a gay priest's exodus from ministry.

The critiques have been focussed on the guy's curious omission of any talk about God in his account of why he became a priest in the first place, a point which is odd. But maybe not so odd.

I would also note that his implication that the only priests who are actually punished for their celibacy violations are homosexuals who act out with adults - is just plain wrong, and the truth is actually the exact opposite.

Anyway, the most interesting suggestion has come my way.

While this piece, at first glance, seems to be some sort of indictment of the Archdiocese of Boston (kicking the guy out, saying there was no place for him in ministry), a closer reading suggests something different. For if you read the piece, you will note that each one of the bishops mentioned: Banks, McCormack and Law - does something interesting. They each do his job. They uphold their professed standards, they follow their policies, a scene which is in direct contradiction to the evidence revealed by personnel files. The person who unpacked the piece this way said straight out, "It's almost as if the guy was paid by the Archdiocese to tell this story..."

Conspiracy, anyone?

A look at the prospects of legislation restricting abortion in Maryland

President Bush is apparently considering appointing the dean of Catholic University's law school to a federal court

Professor Kmiec has written about the need for judges to interpret the Constitution with an eye to what theologians and scholars call "natural law." Adherents of natural law describe it as as a body of immutable truths based on religious or transcendent concepts of right and wrong, something higher than man-made law.In a 1993 law review article, Professor Kmiec cited the Declaration of Independence, with its "we hold these truths to be self-evident" tone, as evidence that natural law theory should be part of a judge's approach. He wrote that natural law would be helpful in curbing "wayward judges" who, he said, "transform aberration into a civil right."He wrote that the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, upholding the right to abortion, was a violation of natural law."Roe v. Wade, which manufactured the right to kill the unborn, is perhaps the best example of where the natural law context of the Constitution has been most seriously offended," he said.Professor Kmiec formerly held the Caruso family chair in constitutional law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Before that, he taught for nearly two decades at the University of Notre Dame, where he founded The Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy. From 1985 to 1989 he served in the Reagan and first Bush administrations, heading the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department.




Stories about Cardinal Law in Rome

From the Herald

and the Globe

Apparently, Shanley is about to make bail and be released.

Wonder who came up with the $300,000....

More files released yesterday in Boston; a mixed bag of action and inaction

58 priests end up signing that letter asking Law to resign

Some said they believe the letter is a mistake.''I don't think it's my role to demand the resignation of the cardinal,'' said the Rev. Robert J. Carr, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. ''This is a problem that cannot be solved just by the resignation of the cardinal - it goes deeper than that - and those people who are calling for his resignation do not understand that. It's the wrong tactic.''

Several of those who signed the letter said they felt under pressure from members of their parishes to show they shared parishioners' concern about Law, whom many have criticized for failing to remove abusive priests from ministry.''I felt pressure over the past two weeks from the parishioners, who were beginning to say that my silence was being interpreted as approval of the cardinal's actions,'' said the Rev. Charles E. Collins, pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in North Cambridge. ''When I mentioned to the people [over the weekend] that I had signed the letter, there was applause at the four Masses. There were tears in some people's eyes, but they still shook my hand and said it was something that needed to be done.''

Priests are also speaking up about other issues. The leaders of the Boston Priests Forum sent Law a letter yesterday opposing the possibility that the archdiocese would file for bankruptcy.''For the church, it will be like a virus; it will take on a life of its own; it will become our predicate: The Church is bankrupt,'' the letter said. ''Already damage has been done. The cartoons, parodies, and ridicule are now in force. It will be a stigma, a mark of shame we will all have to carry.''



From Cleveland:

More details on the Franciscan brother-in-training arrested for murdering the pastor of the Church where he was interning

It's not just the University of San Francisco

The Cardinal Newman Society has identified several other Catholic Universities that provide links to Planned Parenthood on their websites:

DePaul University in Chicago, founded in 1898 by the Vincentians,
boasts of being "The largest Catholic university in the nation." However, DePaul not only links to the pro-abortion Planned Parenthood but goes even further offering its students internships with the pro-abortion organization. (See links verifying DePaul's Planned Parenthood internships: here )

Georgetown University in the nation's capital pride itself on being "founded in 1789" and "the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university." Nonetheless, the Georgetown website links to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, it also suggests the use of the morning after pill in case of rape. (See Georgetown's sexual health site:

Loyola University in Chicago is one of the largest of the 28 Jesuit universities and colleges in the United States. Besides linking to Planned
Parenthood, the university's women's studies website links to the pro-abortion political group National Organization of Women. (See: here )

Seattle University in Washington links to Planned Parenthood for "wellness" services, the students are urged to "activism" with groups such
as the pro-abortion "National Organization for Women." (See: here and here )

Two other Catholic institutions, Boston College and John Carroll University in Cleveland also offer their students links to Planned Parenthood offices from the university websites.
( See: here and
here. )

This information came via the Pro-Life Infonet mailing list, to which you can subscribe to by going here.

A thought strikes me with great force as I read through this: No wonder. No wonder "Catholic" hardly means anything when it comes to moral decision-making. Just imagine if these colleges - and all the other Catholic schools that embody the same attitudes - dedicated themselves to vigorously living out the Gospel of Love, the Gospel of Life instead, presenting it as the positive, liberating truth that it is. What a difference that would make. What a fantasy that is.


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