Vienna’s archdiocese has ruled
that a confessional
— the box-like structure where Catholic believers
confess their sins — cannot be turned into a sauna
Bidding on a confessional described on eBay as ideal for conversion into a one-person sauna, a small bar or a children’s playhouse was ended when the archdiocese stepped in, AP reports. [Read more...]
On July 18, 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void
in England, says
AP. [Read more...]
Catholics are outraged
after discovering rosary beads
– sacred jewellery used in prayer – are being flaunted as a fashion statement
The strings of beads with a cross are now as likely to be found in cheap jewellery stores as they are in a church, with fashion franchise Diva selling three styles of a rosary necklace with a silver cross pendant for $14.99 each.
The beads are a hit with teenagers, but national president for the Catholic Women’s League Australia, Madge Fahy, said it was inappropriate for people to wear them as jewellery. [Read more...]
As a fully authorized exorcist
of the Catholic Church, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer has performed dozens of full exorcisms
over the last seven years.
He recently told
a congregation in Florida the ritual is methodical and precise: The demon is required to name itself, indicate the sign of its departure and state what retains it in the possessed body.
“It’s kind of like a prosecution in a courtroom a criminal interrogated in the name of Jesus
,” he said. “You work patiently and undo whatever has been done one by one.” [Read more...]
priest in New Hampshire plans to visit
a Candia water park to see if he can see the face of Jesus in the park’s lifeguard flag
Incidentally, the ability of people to recognize familiar patterns in random images
, such as cartoon characters in the clouds, is a phenomenon of perception called pareidolia
. [Read more...]
A married man was ordained as a Catholic priest
in the southern German city of Regensburg this week in a rare exception to the church’s rules of celibacy for men of the cloth, the diocese reported.
Peter Kemmether, a 62-year-old father of four children, took part in the ceremony led by Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller on Tuesday evening in the Bavarian city.
He had been a protestant pastor, but converted to Catholicism
, The Local reports
. [Read more...]
A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut was charged
Tuesday with stealing $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants.
The Rev. Kevin J. Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny. [Read more...]