July 10, 1994 |
Dennis Mongrain swings his surfboard around in the water, points himself toward shore and starts paddling. As the wave lifts his board, he jumps to his feet and begins to skirt across its smooth, arching surface. His face brightens with a broad smile. It's a moment of joy and peace, something akin to a religious experience for Mongrain, who should know about such things because he is a Roman Catholic priest. "I really look forward to getting out there," Mongrain said at the rectory of St.
May 26, 1992 |
A framed photo of the happy couple on their wedding day stands on a living room table, the bride in a traditional white gown, the groom in a tux. They live in a cozy house with a white picket fence, flowers and a big dog. The wife serves coffee and cheerfully disappears.
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November 28, 2012 |
In a well-lit gym, the two men in white and gold robes sat on folding chairs, struggling to control their emotions. The Catholic faithful - grandmothers, fathers, members of a youth ministry - surged forward, offering tributes. "We will never forget you," parishioner Hieu Hoang said. "To us, you are like our own father. You will always be with us. " "Please don't forget us," another added. The sudden removal of two Vietnamese American priests at the largest parish serving Little Saigon has left the congregation at St. Barbara's confused and angry.
January 22, 2013 |
I had to look twice at the date on the newspaper to make sure I wasn't having a time-warp moment. I'd heard this before. In a way, I'd covered this before. My colleagues Ashley Powers, Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan have dropped a doozy on Southern California with their story of memos recounting how, a decade and a half before the scandal emerged about Roman Catholic priests' sexual abuse of young people, future Cardinal Roger Mahony and an advisor planned to hide these molestations from law enforcement, going so far as to move the suspect priests out of California.
October 1, 2012 |
CHENNAI, India - Kesavan's father and grandfather were caretakers who sold candles and performed basic rituals at their local makeshift temple attended by fellow Dalits, or members of the so-called untouchable caste. In India, these structures are omnipresent around sacred trees, on sidewalks, abutting overpasses. So when the government of southern India's Tamil Nadu state offered to train Hindus as priests regardless of their caste - a calling traditionally limited to upper-caste Brahmins - he leaped at the opportunity.
May 28, 2013 |
The Times last week published a fascinating article with the provocative headline “Women becoming priests without Vatican's blessing.” But the most interesting thing about the article was that the irregularly ordained female priests who figured in the article didn't seem to believe in the importance of priests as a distinct order, a cornerstone of Roman Catholic teaching. So why bother? Here's how the article describes a recent Mass at Sophia in Trinity, “a Roman Catholic community celebrating a radically inclusive God.” The priest at the service was Victoria Rue, assisted by Deacon Maria Eitz, whose ordination to the priesthood last Sunday was the peg for The Times' story: “As two dozen or so worshipers filed into the chapel, Eitz and Rue donned crisp white clerical robes.