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Monday, April 29, 2013

Undercover Boss

The Eye of the Tiber says don't miss the season finale!

Pope Francis To Investigate Roman Curia On TV Show “Undercover Boss”

 ROME–Executives from CBS confirmed Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer of The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church Pope Francis would be appearing in this season’s finale of the hit television show Undercover Boss. The finale, slated to appear in late May, will feature the Pontiff taking on an alias and fictional backstory as he navigates his way through different parts of the Vatican in an attempt to investigate the inner workings of the Curia.

Rueters - Latin for Ignoramus

Wymyn "Priests"!

"LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority....

 In an interview before the ceremony, Smead said she is not worried about being excommunicated from the Church – the fate of other women ordained 

The former pope, Benedict XVI, reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s ban on women priests"...."The ceremony, held at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Louisville".

 Let's review...

 "Ordained a priest" - no. You can't be a priest unless you are ordained in the Church. AND you have to be a guy. So no one was ordained here.

"...the fate of other women ordained" - See above.

" ban on women priests" - There are no women priests. They can't be priests. So you can't ban women priests - there aren't any and never will be. 

"A Protestant church hosted the circus.  They gave the Catholic Church the finger....The most sacred rites of the Catholic Church are Holy Mass and ordination to Holy Orders.They effectively trampled rites that we Catholics hold as sacred."

By the way, the United Church of Christ website says " Our faith is 2,000 years old." 

They were founded in 1957.

I'm Sorry...Did You Say 25?

 Francesco Brizio, St Catherine's Mystic Communion, Basilica of San Demenico, Bologna

Today is the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena, the first (along with St. Teresa Avila) woman Doctor of the Church. I read her biography (from Butler's Lives of the Saints) to my PSR class on Sunday, and it begins, "The twenty-fifth child of an Italian wool-dyer..." They could understand the mystical visions and the stigmata, but TWENTY-FOUR brothers and sisters??? No.

Catherine died at the age of 33 (sound familiar?). Her remains are in the Chapel of St. Catherine in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. Mostly. Her head got cut off and put inside a bronze bust and it was sent to Siena. Along with her thumb, which is incorruptible.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The FIrst Colombian Saint

Blessed Mother Laura Montoya

Or if you prefer...."Blessed Laura di Santa Caterina da Siena Montoya Y Upegui, virgin, foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and St Catherine of Siena"...will be canonized on May 12, 2013, becoming the first saint native to Colombia.

In Heaven, There is No Baptismal Beer

 Pope Gregory IX

 Pope Gregory IX in the 13th century decreed that baptisms by beer were invalid. Apparently this had happened in a region of Norway where water had not been available. The Holy Father had to write to the Archbishop of Trondhjem in Norway to settle this matter - literally to settle the sacramental matter.

Pope Gregory IX decreed: "Since according to the Gospel teaching, a man must be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, those are not to be considered validly baptized who have been baptized with beer {cervisia}."

I wonder what would happen if I baptized someone with:


Feast of St. Mark, April 25

St. Mark is symbolized as a winged lion because his gospel starts out:

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ [the Son of God]
The Preaching of John the Baptist. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.’”

Like a lion, I guess. But then in Revelations you get to see thee four winged creatures:,

 "In front of the throne was something that resembled a sea of glass like crystal In the center and around the throne, there were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back. The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf, the third had a face like that of a human being, and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight. The four living creatures, each of them with six wings"

So a lion with wings it is. St. mark's remains were buried in Alexandria, Egypt until some Venetian merchants stole them and shipped them to Venice - but not before covering them with pork and cabbage leaves to keep the Muslims from finding them.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marrying Mary

Queen Mary the First
The Succession to the Crown Bill had its third reading debate in the House of Lords on Monday, meaning the bill has passed through both Houses of Parliament and lacks only Royal Assent to become law. It states that for the first time in 300 years, a member of the Royal family may marry a Catholic. However, "the sections of the 1701 Act of Settlement that insist on the sovereign being a member of the Church of England will, however, remain in place."
That means that the little girl that the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to have in July will be able to grow up and marry a Catholic if she so desires. Strangely, she will not be required by the Church to raise any of HER children as Catholics.
" Lord Wallace of Tankerness, speaking on behalf of the government, said he had been assured personally by Msgr. Marcus Stock, general secretary of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, that the canonical requirement of Catholics to raise their children in the faith was not always binding. as Catholics". See, you can't become King or Queen if you are a Catholic.

"In this context the Catholic Church expects Catholic spouses to sincerely undertake to do all that they can to raise children in the Catholic Church," he continued. "Where it has not been possible for the child of a mixed marriage to be brought up as a Catholic, the Catholic parent does not fall subject to the censure of canon law."

Calvinist Outreach, Part I (and Probably the Last Part)

Sondrio, Italy

 From the Catholic World News:

"Father Nicolò Rusca (1563-1618), a priest who was tortured and killed at the instigation of Calvinists, was beatified on April 21 in Sondrio, the northern Italian city of 20,000 where he served for decades as a parish priest.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification Mass. "

So who decides what constitutes a miracle? It's the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Investigating miracles is a two step process: first, the diocese and the bishop gather as much information as possible. If appropriate, the information gets sent to the Congregation.

From Wikipedia:

 The miracle may go beyond the possibilities of nature either in the substance of the fact or in the subject, or only in the way it occurs. So three degrees of miracle are to be distinguished. The first degree is represented by resurrection from the dead (quoad substantiam). The second concerns the subject (quoad subiectum): the sickness of a person is judged incurable, in its course it can even have destroyed bones or vital organs; in this case not only is complete recovery noticed, but even wholesale reconstitution of the organs (restitutio in integrum). There is then a third degree (quoad modum): recovery from an illness, that treatment could only have achieved after a long period, happens instantaneously.

Cardinal Angelo Amato

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Feast of St. George, April 23

St. George and the Dragon, by Paolo Uccello, 1456

St. George existed, all right (he died around 303 A.D.), but that 's pretty much all we know about him. We always seem to see hims laying a dragon with a damsel in distress in the background. Catholic On-Line suggests the dragon represents various vices; or maybe  it's the Roman Empire (St. George was martyred by the Emperor Diocletian). Or how about the devil (Revelations 12:2-9) :

* A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman* clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.a 2She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.* 3Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon,* with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.b 4Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.c 5She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.* Her child was caught up to God and his throne.d 6The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.* 7* Then war broke out in heaven; Michael* and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, 8but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,* who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.e

Who's the Patron Saint of Badminton?

The Patron Saint of athletes is Saint Sebastian. So what's the name of this atrocity they call a cathedral? That's right! It's the "Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian" in Rio De Janeiro. Here's what the inside looks like:

And the outside:

The Eye of the Tiber reports:

RIO DE JANEIRO––As construction efforts to renovate Rio De Janeiro’s cathedral into a multi-purpose worship/badminton arena continue this month, sightseers from across the globe are flocking to the second-largest city in Brazil to witness the unique transformation. As both World You Day and 2016 Summer Olympics draw near, the Catedral Metropolitano de São Sebastião is just weeks away from being completed. A red dome attached in the final stages of the renovation project, which is expected to make it look more than ever like a shuttlecock is not only a symbol of the sport that unites countries from around the world every four years, but, as chief architect Rodrigo Silva says, will symbolize the Ascension of the Lord. “Because just as the Lord ascended into heaven, so then does the shuttlecock, when struck properly, ascend into the air, or something like that."

Promotion Ahead!

"I see a promotion in my future!"

From the Vatican Insider:

"The medical council has recognized one healing as inexplicable If the theologians' OK were to arrive, John Paul would become a Saint only eight years after his death"

Monday, April 22, 2013

Rome Depot

Hi I am Father Steve and I am here to make your shopping at The Rome Depot a blessed experience. Here at The Rome Depot – prices are so low you will feel like going to confession for stealing!

Our Catholic Visitor

Do you have Catholic friends coming over for a snack? Is it the Feast of St. Bernadette? Why not whip up a little gluten-free snack?

Divine Mercy Sunday? How about cookies?

Get more Catholic recipes at Catholic Cuisine!

If You Are A Hammer....

....everything begins to look like a nail.

Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez

From the Catholic World News:

"Writing in his archdiocesan newspaper, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles called immigration reform “the civil rights test of our generation.” 

 "So we need to understand what it really means when politicians and people in the media say things like, “Illegal immigrants should leave the country and get back in line to enter the country legally.”

When we say that, we’re asking them to choose not to see their spouse, their children, their relatives for a decade or more. Is that a fair question to ask them? What would we do if we were faced with that kind of choice? Would we follow a law that means maybe never seeing our families again?

The hammer part from Wikipedia:

In 1991, Gómez became a regional representative of the National Association of Hispanic Priests, rising to become its president in 1995 and later serving as executive director from 1999 to 2001.[9] In 2003, he earned the annual National Association of Hispanic Priests Award, "El Buen Pastor".[9] From 1997 to 1998, he served as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors for the National Catholic Council of Hispanic Ministry, being elected treasurer in 1999.[8] From 1998 to 2000, he was on the steering committee for Encuentro 2000, a national celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000.[8] Along with Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, he played a key role in the establishment of the Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, which opened in August 2000.[8] He also spearheaded the establishment of Centro San Juan Diego for Family and Pastoral Care, a place for formation of lay leaders and a base to provide welcoming services to immigrants, in Denver, Colorado.[8]

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Trouble With Jesuits, Part III

From The Deacon's Bench at Patios:

"The administrator of a Catholic high school in New York wrote to his students’ parents this week to explain why a gay couple at the all-boys school is being allowed to attend the junior prom together.
Father Edward Salmon, president of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, explained that the boys “will be welcomed” as a couple, even though he insisted the gesture of acceptance is not meant to condone homosexuality or go against church law in any way. His full letter, sent Wednesday, was published Thursday by local news website"

Sorry, Father....but it DOES condone homosexuality, and you should be ashamed of yourself. Stupid, even for a Jesuit.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Feast of St. Peter of St. Joseph Betancur, April 18

OK, it's a day late but it's really interesting. Peter de Betancur was born in the Canary Islands, and is the only Canarian saint! For a time he lived in a cave on the island of Tenerife (one of the Canary Islands).

He eventually made his way to Guatemala, where he enrolled at the Jesuit College of San Borgia to study to become a priest, but....he flunked out. So he became a Franciscan tertiary, taking the name of Peter of St. Joseph. Wikipedia says, "He visited hospitals, jails, the unemployed, and the young. Three years later, he opened Our Lady of Bethlehem, a hospital for the convalescent poor. Soon after there was a shelter for the homeless, schools for the poor, an oratory, and an inn for priest."


"He is sometimes credited with originating the Christmas Eve posadas procession in which people representing Mary and Joseph seek a night's lodging from their neighbors. The custom soon spread to Mexico and other Central American countries."

He was canonized by Pope John Paul II, who called him "first Canarian and Guatemalan saint."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Catholics For Obama, Part XCVII


( - President Barack Obama--who according to a unanimous declaration of all the Catholic bishops of the United States is violating the civil rights of American Catholics by forcing them to act against their faith in a matter involving the life and death of innocent human beings--will speak Thursday morning at the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.


"The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Obama administration to rescind this regulation because it is one that no Catholic can follow and still follow his or her faith.

The Obama administration not only ignored the bishops' plea, the president proceeded to boast about the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation, while his advocates accused those who opposed it of waging a "war on women."

Islamic Outreach, Part V

 From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."


"Armed with stones and sticks, a group of men in Srinagar, a largely Muslim city of 1.3 million in northern India, attacked and attempted to set fire to a Christian children’s home. The men beat residents of the home before police arrived.
The attack occurred after local mullahs accused the ecumenical Christian group that runs the home of attempting to convert Muslim children."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Calumny - The Word of the Day!

"We are all sinners; all of us. We all commit sins. But calumny is something else. It is of course a sin, too, but it is something more. Calumny aims to destroy the work of God, and calumny comes from a very evil thing: it is born of hatred. And hate is the work of Satan. Calumny destroys the work of God in people, in their souls. Calumny uses lies to get ahead. And let us be in no doubt, eh?: Where there is calumny, there is Satan himself. "

"We pray to Our Lady to protect us, and in times of spiritual turbulence the safest place is under the mantle of Our Lady. She is the mother who takes care of the Church. And in this time of martyrs, she is the protagonist, the protagonist of protection: She is the Mother. (...) Let us state with faith: Mother, the Church is under your protection: Care for the Church. '"  - Pope Francis 4/15/13

Calumny (Slander) - by BOTTICELLI, Sandro - from Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence . . . . . (Click painting to enlarge)
In this painting there is a representation of King Midas (bad Judge), with ass's ears, listening to the false words of
 Ignorance and Suspicion. In front of them, standing, is Malice (hooded man) who holds Calumny by the wrist. 
  Calumny is dragging the slandered  by the hair while Envy and Deceit ( Fraud) comb her hair with ribbons
 and flowers. Behind this group is the hooded figure of Remorse (Penitence), who turns to look at the naked figure of  
Truth. Truth, like Innocence, is naked as she has nothing to conceal.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sister Maria Theresia Bonzel

From the Denver Post :

"The wheels of canonization grind slowly, but a German nun who lived 100 years ago could be named a saint because the Vatican believes a Colorado Springs boy experienced a miracle in 1999.•Mother Theresia Bonzel, who founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Olpe, Germany, in 1863, is scheduled for beatification in November — a step toward sainthood — as a result of the boy's miraculous recovery."

St. Francis Xavier's Prayer by Benedictines of Mary

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles will be releasing a new album on May 7th. You can pre-order here. To learn more about these wonderful women go here. I will add a permanent link to this site (over there! In the right-hand column!)

I Like It...But Still

After they unveiled the hideous statue of Pope John Paul II in Rome two years ago:

A private investor in Czestochowa, Poland decided to do it up right:

And I am sorry to say it reminds me a little of...

Islamic Outreach, Part IV

 From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

The AP reported:

The head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group said early Tuesday that he was “happy to see the horror in America” after the explosions in Boston.
“American blood isn’t more precious than Muslim blood,” said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al-Qaida-linked plot to attack U.S. and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Prayers for Driving

If you are having car trouble, try this one: 

"Mother Cabrini,
Mother Cabrini.
come down from your cloud
and fix my machini!"


"Mother Cabrini,
put down your martini,
come down from your cloud

and fix my machini! "

If you need a parking spot:

"Little Flower, Little Flower, send me some of your parking power."


"Hail Mary, Full of grace,

Help me find a parking place."

Where Heaven Meets Earth

 Mark your calendar...EWTN, April 30th @5:30 Central Time.

The website is here.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Trouble With Jesuits, Part II

Jesuit Father Sean Carroll testified in Congress yesterday, saying that U.S. immigration policy violates basic biblical teachings because it seperates families. Here's what he said (from the Washington Times):
Father Carroll said that 5,100 children are now in foster care, separated from caretakers who have been detained or deported by federal authorities.
“This reality falls far short of what Scripture teaches regarding care for the widow, the orphan and the stranger,” he said. “Our current policies essentially leave many children as orphans, wives and husbands as widows and widowers...

Holy vaca! We're killing parents of children, and if not both, at least one? Who's in charge of our immigration policy? James Cagney?

Jimmy Cagney?
Edward G. Robinson?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Today in History! Galileo convicted of heresy by the Church!

The History Channel's website says that on this date, Galileo was "convicted of heresy". The only problem? He wasn't.

From Dinesh D'Souza:

"The Church’s view of heliocentrism was hardly a dogmatic one. When Cardinal Bellarmine met with Galileo he said, “While experience tells us plainly that the earth is standing still, if there were a real proof that the sun is in the center of the universe…and that the sun goes not go round the earth but the earth round the sun, then we should have to proceed with great circumspection in explaining passages of scripture which appear to teach the contrary, and rather admit that we did not understand them than declare an opinion to be false which is proved to be true. But this is not a thing to be done in haste, and as for myself, I shall not believe that there are such proofs until they are shown to me.” Galileo had no such proofs."

"Galileo was neither charged nor convicted of heresy. He was charged with teaching heliocentrism in specific contravention of his own pledge not to do so. This is a charge on which Galileo was guilty. He had assured Cardinal Bellarmine that given the sensitivity of the issue, he would not publicly promote heliocentrism. Yet when a new pope was named, Galileo decided on his own to go back on his word. Asked about this in court, he said his Dialogue on the Two World Systems did not advocate heliocentrism. This is a flat-out untruth as anyone who reads Galileo’s book can plainly see. Even Galileo’s supporters, and there were many, found it difficult to defend him at this point. "

The American Bible Challenge

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are competing on the American Bible Challenge ( think it means American - Bible Challenge, not American Bible - Challenge). I watched the show a few times, but felt so stupid that I gave up.

Here they are again, outside their Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Father Z says their median age is 28 years old!

Feast Day of St. Sabas the Goth, April 12

St. Sabas was a Goth....but not the glum, black-clad people I see around campus. He was one of the East Germanic people (from Romania) born in 334 AD. From Catholic Online:

Also Sabbas the Goth, a martyrin the area of modern Romania. He was a Goth converted to Christianity in his youth and became alector in Targoviste, Romania, to apriest named Sansala. He survived several persecutions of the local Church under thepaganGoths, but finally was seized with Sansala by a group of Gothic soldiers and ordered to eat meat which had been sacrificed to idols. Brutally tortured with several other Christians, Sabas was finally drowned in the Mussovo River, near Targoviste. About fifty others were put to death with him. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Next American Saint

Could's a remarkable story, you can read here.

My favorite parts of the story:

"He'd pray to St. Dismas, the Good Thief, before he foraged in sheds and fields, stuffing corn, peaches and other food in his pockets, then giving it all to starving soldiers."

"When he officially started the project (case for sainthood) in 2008, he says, his first task was to look for any reasons Kapaun wasn't worthy. The closest thing to a flaw he found, he says, was a doctor in the POW camp who'd been frustrated because Kapaun, as a patient, gave his food to those he felt were needier. "That," he says, "was the worst anybody said about Father Kapaun.""


Father Z....freaks me out:

 "From a priest:

I am a young priest in the Diocese of ….. A number of months ago you posted from a conference on exorcism you attended in Tulsa. In one of those posts you said something to the effect that there are things bishops and priests need to know. That comment has been rattling around in my mind since I read it. Also, situations occasionally come to my attention and I don’t really know how to deal with them. I went to the Josephinum and we were taught precisely zero about this stuff. Do you have any resources to which you could direct me ?
If you cite this email, please remove any identifiers. Thank you for your blog, your witness, and your priesthood.
It is not a surprise that you didn’t hear much about this.
Exorcists say that “problems” are on the rise.

 They also say that Latin is best, but… “Get it right”...… because the demon corrects bad Latin.


 The other scary thing...this my 900th post.

Can You See Angels?

I can! There's Albert Pujols!

What about REAL angels? Like the ones that appeared to Abraham, Zacharias, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds at Christ's birth, the women at Christ's tomb, the apostles, and the one that sprang St. Paul from the hoosegow?

Saint Thomas discusses this in Summa Theologiae:

"Yet Divine Scripture from time to time introduces angels so apparent as to be seen commonly by all; just as the angels who appeared to Abraham were seen by him and by his whole family, by Lot, and by the citizens of Sodom; in like manner the angel who appeared to Tobias was seen by all present. From all this it is clearly shown that such apparitions were beheld by bodily vision, whereby the object seen exists outside the person beholding it, and can accordingly be seen by all. Now by such a vision only a body can be beheld. Consequently, since the angels are not bodies, nor have they bodies naturally united with them, as is clear from what has been said (1; 50, 1), it follows that they sometimes assume bodies."
"Although air as long as it is in a state of rarefaction has neither shape nor color, yet when condensed it can both be shaped and colored as appears in the clouds. Even so the angels assume bodies of air, condensing it by the Divine power in so far as is needful for forming the assumed body."


Islamic Outreach, Part III

 CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Coptic Christians attending a funeral service here today for four Copts killed two days earlier in an anti-Christian rampage were in turn attacked themselves by at least 200 Muslim rioters.

  Muslim man burning a Bible

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Trouble With Jesuits

The Knights of Columbus have been been banished (not recognized) from campus, and the Vice President of Student Life explains:
“The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” says a letter obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society written by Sue Weitz, Vice President for Student Life. “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”
Yes, you read that right. A JESUIT university, named after a Catholic saint ( Aloysius Gonzaga) has banned the Knights because they exclude non-catholics and women. 

Update...the decision is under review. Read more here.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Today I Learned.....

I was reading a story about the awful psychological  ordeal that a student, Damien Legacy, is going through at George Washington University. Turns out that Father Greg Shaffer, the chaplain of the Newman Center, "is faithful to the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and the dignity of the human person." In other words, he thinks gay marriages are wrong. Mr. Legacy thinks that GWU should de-fund the Newman Center and get rid of Father Greg.

Two things I learned:

1) The Newman Center at George Washington University is currently preparing FOUR men for the seminary.

2) One of the commentators says that Mr. Legacy is an ordained priest in the North American Old Catholic Church. According to Wikipedia, they are unaffiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, there are 22 parishes nationwide, and "This branch of Catholicism also ordains bisexual people, divorced people, gay, lesbian, married people, transgender people, and women."

3) The NAOCC think Father Mychal Judge is a saint, and even have a St. Mychal Judge church! Mychal Judge was a self admitted gay man, abstinent, and a Jesuit priest. He died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Here's the "church" in Houston, Texas: