He was a man of the cloth and a man of letters, but most of all, Berrigan was a man of peace. He was also, as it happened, the man whom Kurt Vonnegut went so far as to call "Jesus as a poet."
On Sunday, Pope Francis wrapped up the synod, or bishops meeting, he presided over for the last two weeks with a beatification service at the Vatican for Pope Paul VI but without significant progress made on hot-button topics such as homosexuality, divorce and contraception.
In remarks quoted by Vatican radio Friday, Pope Francis personally asked forgiveness for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests.
On Thursday, a trio of Superior Court judges in Pennsylvania ordered the release of Monsignor William Lynn from the state prison where he has been serving time for his role in dealing with sex abuse claims against fellow Catholic clergy members.
The Catholic Church has made remorseful noises and gestures in response to the widespread allegations of clergy sex abuse coming in from multiple dioceses, and some accused parties have been duly punished in recent months or have they? .
Maria Longhitano, a married teacher, will be the first woman priest ordained in Italy when she takes her vows at an Anglican church near the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church, which continues to oppose she-priests in all their heretical curviness, will surely be irked by the proceedings.
Yet another sexual abuse case from the past has come back to haunt the Vatican, and this time, Pope Benedict XVI is being scrutinized for decisions he made about the case while in his prior position at the Holy See On Friday, The Associated Press released (continued).
According to a newly released report commissioned by the Irish government, the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic authorities in Ireland kept hundreds of complaints concerning the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy covered up (continued).
Faced with the daunting, fork-in-the-road-of-life dilemma of whether to choose her Catholic church affiliation over her job of selling sex toys (that classic conundrum), Wisconsin churchgoer Linette Servais told her incensed priest that she would relinquish her position as the congregation's, um, organist in favor of keeping her toy-peddling gig.