Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A parishioner remembers his brave pastor

Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A parishioner remembers his brave pastor

Crisis—2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of communism’s collapse in Poland and Eastern Europe. It will also mark 35 years since the murder of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko. I was safe in California when the communist secret police killed my old vicar in Poland in October 1984. In May 1980, Father “Jurek” Popiełuszko was assigned to our…
Newly ordained Alaska priest’s 1st homily looks at how to respond to life’s storms

Newly ordained Alaska priest’s 1st homily looks at how to respond to life’s storms

In light of Alaska’s 2018 earthquake in which the parish co-pastored by Fr. Arthur Roraff was the hardest hit, we reprint the excellent first homily of this same priest, given just 3 years ago. Adaptation for print 2015 by Catholic Anchor— Jesus was in a boat in the Sea of Galilee, which still exists in…
New book releases for young readers expose much bigger, stiffling issue

New book releases for young readers expose much bigger, stiffling issue

In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, journalist and former diplomat Dave Seminara does an excellent job of showcasing the depth to which agenda-driven, cultural “group think” has saturated our culture, and hence, our children’s and grandchildren’s perception of the world.. Those of us who aren’t kids any more have no clue.  We assume…
Beginning December 17:  The beautiful “O Antiphons” of Advent

Beginning December 17: The beautiful “O Antiphons” of Advent

“Gazing afar off, behold I see the power of God coming, and a cloud covering all the land. Go out to meet him and say: tell me if you are the one who is to reign over the people Israel.” So sounds the cry of the world before Christ, a cry placed on the lips…
Ring belonging to Pontius Pilate found near Bethlehem

Ring belonging to Pontius Pilate found near Bethlehem

Aletia & Haaretz—Archaeologists have determined that a ring found 50 years ago near the West Bank’s Bethlehem belonged to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, according to an article in Haaretz. The ring, reports Haaretz, was found during an excavation in the late sixties along with thousands over other artifacts, but was only recently throughly cleaned…