Deacon found guilty of child porn

From The Catholic Register in Canada: William Kokesch, a deacon in the Montreal archdiocese, plead guilty in court on Feb. 21 to the possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography. Court heard that 99,000 still images of children and 2,000 child porn videos, many of which showed the sexual exploitation of young girls, were found [Read More...]

Ordination update: 7 new deacons in Kingston

I got an e-mail last night from Deacon Bob Wojcik, a mentor in Kingston, Ontario, with the picture below and details: Four days ago, [9 November] the Archdiocese of Kingston has ordained 7 deacons to serve the People of God.  Six Deacons ordained to serve in the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario & one Deacon to [Read More...]

Conversion story: church becomes gym

  Photo: by Will Lew Check out this item from the Wall Street Journal:  Inside the former Saint-Jude Church in Montreal, personal trainers mill about where priests once did and hot-stone massages have replaced baptisms. In this city, a former Roman Catholic stronghold where Mark Twain once said you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking [Read More...]

Parishioners quit church over same-sex support group that teaches chastity

Evidently, some people mistakenly think that the Catholic Church teaches that the only good homosexual is a straight former homosexual. Um, no.  Check the catechism.  And listen to the bishops. But then along comes this story from Canada.  (h/t Thomas McDonald)  The Toronto Star headline sums it up succinctly: “Gay celibacy group prompts parishioners to leave.” [Read More...]

Montreal deacon charged with producing child porn

Details, from the Toronto Sun: A well-known Montreal-area Deacon who once spoke on behalf of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been charged with production and distribution of child pornography. William Kokesch, 65, appeared in a Montreal courtroom Saturday afternoon via videoconference. The day prior, based on a tip from the public, Montreal police [Read More...]

Canada ordains first deaf priest

I posted on his impending ordination a couple weeks back. Now, it’s happened:  When Muskegon native Matthew Anthony Hysell was ordained last week at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Basilica in Edmonton, he became Canada’s first deaf priest. “The distinction of being the first deaf priest in Canada was certainly not an honor I was looking for” [Read More...]

Canadian Catholic schools approve HPV vaccinations

The bishops are opposed, and the move has not been without controversy. From the Calgary Herald:  Trustees with the city’s Catholic school board have overturned a four-year-old ban on offering the HPV vaccine in its schools, a move greeted by doctors and victims of the disease who have fought the prohibition. The decision was made [Read More...]

Traditional worship on the rise among young Catholics in Canada

From the Catholic Register: The pre-Vatican days of Latin-language Masses are on the rise among Catholic youth. In Ottawa, St. Clement’s parish moved its daily traditional Latin Mass to St. Anne’s Church in Lowertown to accommodate its growing congregation, including many young families. Michael and Rebecca Trolley, a couple in their 20s, are very active [Read More...]

Catholic high school opens Muslim prayer room

Not long ago, something like that would have been unthinkable. But it’s becoming a reality in London, Ontario in Canada. Details: Mother Teresa Catholic secondary school is turning a second-floor office into an Islamic prayer room — the first high school in the city, private or public, to do so. Carpet will soon cover the [Read More...]

40 years on: the permanent deacons of Canada

Our friends in Canada are marking an auspicious event: the 40th anniversary of the first class of permanent deacons beginning their formation. The Catholic Register has more:  Forty years ago this month, the permanent diaconate came to English Canada with the launch of a deacons’ program in the archdiocese of Toronto. That followed the launch [Read More...]