Father Richard Vitale knows what it's like to feel unwanted by God. His family in New York was a triple whammy of conservatism: Roman Catholic Republicans who were deeply involved in the Boy Scouts. He knew he was attracted to other boys at the age of 6, although he was too young to have a word for ... More >>
Last year after Ray Allen sprinted furiously to a corner, made Mike Breen yell "BAAAAAAAAAAAANG" and the Heat took a bat to San Antonio's knees, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski collected on his bet with his San Antonio counterpart Gustavo García-Siller. Wenski received a sizable chunk of Texas barbe ... More >>
It's been over three weeks since former Cardinal Gibbons teacher, Mark Zmuda, was fired from his vice principal position at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington, for marrying a man. But despite a lengthy winter break, support for Zmuda has not lost momentum. Students continue to ... More >>
Pope Francis is quickly becoming the cool pope, with his socially progressive agenda and humble actions. He has lashed out at capitalist and said "who I am I to judge" gays if they are good people? He has blessed deformed worshipers, snuck out at night to feed the hungry, invited homeless people to ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, I heard a story about a group of students at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Washington. They staged a sit-in to protest the forced resignation of their gay vice principal. This was due to his recent marriage to another man. Because the high school is a private Catholic o ... More >>
John Farrell, a math and statistics teacher at Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School, was arrested on Memorial Day for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of his students According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Farrell, 25, is facing multiple counts of unlawful sexual activity with c ... More >>
Archbishop Thomas Wenski grew up in Lake Worth and went on to become the head of the Catholic Church in South Florida; his archdiocese covers Broward, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. As the battle heats up over gay marriage, Wenski has penned a letter outlining the modern Catholic stance on gays. He ... More >>
In case ya haven't heard, Pope Benedict XVI has given his three-week's notice to God. The 85-year-old Pontiff, who was once part of the Hitler Youth and went out of his way to protect pedophile priests, told the Vatican that he's stepping down due to being inflicted with old. "Before God, I have co ... More >>
"Who controls the past controls the future." So taught The Party, the totalitarians who ruled Oceania in George Orwell's 1984. It's a lesson now put into practice by the Florida House of Representatives and the Archdiocese of Miami, both of them pushing a twisted version of American history in sup ... More >>
A naughty nun.In a debate with Archbishop John Onaiyekan and former British MP Ann Widdecombe about the virtues of the Roman Catholic Church, Christopher Hitchens pilloried the pope's promise to provide the victims of pedophile priests with "loving pastoral care." "I'm sorry," said Hitchens, "the ... More >>
Lookit those eyes! If he didn't break vows, he was doomed to break hearts.Father Albert Cutie: A superstar Catholic cleric known internationally for his best-selling book, his hit radio program, and, in 2009, for getting caught sunbathing with his paramour. Scandal ensued. Cutie was depriesticize ... More >>
Witch-hunting manual commissioned by Pope Innocent VIII.On Monday, I published this rebuttal to an editorial by Archbishop Wenski of Miami, in which the Archbishop argued against the legalization of gay marriage.I didn't think my points were especially controversial. Archbishop Wenski suggested t ... More >>
On a high holy horse."In our nation's culture wars," wrote Thomas Wenski, the Archbishop of Miami, in an editorial in Saturday's Sun Sentinel:...the two sides are fighting about the understanding of man and his relationship with reality. One side -- and today, "gay marriage" is its poster child - ... More >>
From gallery shows to Kevin Spacey's planned murder, here's a collection of the season's best to come.
Today, amnesty is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
The answer, apparently, is to exploit Terri Schiavo one more time, as Ave Maria is doing today. The Catholic city, which lies in the swamps east of Naples and was bankrolled by a pizza delivery baron, is staging a mass in Schiavo's honor. Because Schiavo was -- before she slipped into a persistent v ... More >>
St. Stephen Catholic School in Miramar will close at the end of the school year and the space will be taken over by a public charter school this fall, according to Sister Mary David Magee, the school's principal. On St. Stephen's Facebook page (Sorry, no link. You'll have to log onto your own ... More >>
The staff of The Onion might have had a good laugh about this fake story about lice infecting the U.S. Senate, but Lice Solutions Resource Network Inc. of West Palm Beach says the article makes light of a very serious problem. Katie Shepherd, the resource network's executive director, says she once ... More >>
The full list of Bernie Madoff fraud victims has been released by the court and among them is St. Thomas Aquinas High, the football powerhouse private Catholic school in Fort Lauderdale. Listed as the representative for the St. Thomas account is Monsignor Vincent Kelly, who als ... More >>
This week Pope Benedict XVI reinstated Bishop Richard Williamson after 20 years of excommunication from the Catholic Church. Williamson' excommunicable offense was being consecrated without the Vatican's consent (which sounds like some hardcore Da Vinci Code shit, right?) but the offense that's caus ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale multimillionaire Michael Bienes never cut ties with Bernie Madoff — even after the SEC shut him down.
Bienes Knighted By Catholic Church Well, the Sun-Sentinel, apparently in a panic over the New York Times beating it to the story, finally reported on the connection between Fort Lauderdale philanthropist Michael Bienes and his partner, Frank Avellino, to Bernie Madoff, the $50 billion Po ... More >>
When a Margate priest misbehaved, the archdiocese punished his secretary
Again and again, local claims of abuse point to one priest, the Rev. Neil Doherty, and the Catholic archdiocese that protected him
Bucking the health food tide: This middle school says, "Let 'em eat dougnuts."
The Sun-Sentinel was quick to back a high school's online witch-hunt
Broward Community College is a public school, but its religion professors consider it a private reserve
Father Gerard Jean-Juste is no outlaw. He's a Magic City hero.
Did Marlins skipper Jack McKeon ever tell you about the time... ?
Capsule reviews of current area art exhibitions.
He's a Catholic priest who plans to marry his gay partner
Rosa Lopez welcomes the Virgin Mary to her home every month. Hallelujah!
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland
After the Catholic Church banished him, Cuba welcomed him. But the vibrant new life George Zirwas created for himself soon ended in tragic death.
Ferdinand Mahfood embezzled thousands of dollars from his own charity to support his mistresses. So why is he hanging around?
The Off-Broadway, On Center Series
Faith and Courage (Atlantic)
DiVito by the Sea
A little piece of a bleeding Italian priest has traveled here to help in the healing