January 27, 2011 |
For the last four years, Father Gary Thomas has served at the Sacred Heart parish in Saratoga, Calif., a bucolic suburb of San Jose. But the 53-year-old Roman Catholic priest does a lot more than say Mass and listen to confessions ? he is also one of about 14 Vatican-certified exorcists working in the U.S. and the real-life counterpart to the character played by newcomer Colin O'Donoghue in the new thriller "The Rite," which opens Friday. Thomas became certified to practice exorcisms after completing 40 hours of study at the Vatican's Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
April 23, 2008 |
Ships and planes searched along the coast of Brazil today for a priest who disappeared after drifting out to sea suspended from hundreds of helium-filled party balloons, authorities said. Rescue workers said they had not given up hope of finding Father Adelir Antonio de Carli even though bunches of the multicolored balloons had been found floating on the sea. The adventurous clergyman staged the stunt to help raise money for a chapel for truckers in his highway parish. De Carli told friends in his last mobile telephone call Sunday night that his contraption made of 1,000 balloons would soon crash into the Atlantic Ocean.
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January 6, 2014 |
The popular priest who was found dead in his Eureka parish last week died of blunt force injuries to a "substantial part of his body," the county coroner has determined. The Rev. Eric Freed was found dead inside the St. Bernard Church rectory on New Year's Day after he failed to show up for a Mass, shocking the small Northern California community where he taught college courses on religion and often advocated on behalf of the homeless. Gary Lee Bullock, 43, was slated to be arraigned Monday in connection with the death, just hours after a memorial service for Freed, according to Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills.
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February 16, 1999
If you don't believe there's racism in L.A., ask the Rev. Ronald D. Culmer. Ask any black or Hispanic man in Los Angeles who drives an expensive car downtown--he knows how Culmer feels. The sad truth is, the first thing the police think when they see black or brown skin is "suspect." It covers our faces even when dressed in priestly robes with a green stole. The message Police Chief Bernard Parks sends (Feb. 11) isn't an apology (although if he were any smarter he'd realize a zealous apology would have been the best move)
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January 2, 2014 |
Police in Eureka said Thursday they believe the slaying of a popular Roman Catholic priest was a random attack. “We do not believe there was any connection between the victim of this homicide and the suspect,” said Andrew Mills, Chief of Eureka Police Department. “We're not sure what the motive is at this point. We're interviewing him right now. However, to me it seems to be a crime of opportunity. " Gary Lee Bullock was arrested Thursday in the Garberville area after he was pulled over, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.
May 11, 2011 |
In his new 3-D action film "Priest," Paul Bettany plays a laconic warrior with a cross tattooed on his face, a man who channels divine power to combat the vampire menace that terrorizes the citizens of a post-apocalyptic realm. But it's not entirely new territory for the English actor, whose resume includes "A Knight's Tale," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. " In last year's "Legion," Bettany starred as an avenging archangel determined to protect the life of an infant as doomsday dawns, and in the blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code," he portrayed a murderous albino monk whose extreme faith demands he whip himself bloody to atone for his sins.