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Reverend David Bechill

Reverend David Bechill appointed Associate Pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park, effective August 20, 2018.  Father Bechill is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City.

The McCarrick Mess

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil one was the clerical sex abuse scandal of the nineties and the early aughts. I say this because that awful crisis just seemed too thought-through, too well-coordinated, to be simply the result of chance or wicked human choice. The devil is characterized as “the enemy of the human race” and particularly the enemy of the Church. I challenge anyone to come up with a more devastatingly effective strategy for attacking the mystical body of Christ than the abuse of children and young people by priests. This sin had countless direct victims of course, but it also crippled the Church financially, undercut vocations, caused people to lose confidence in Christianity, dramatically compromised attempts at evangelization, etc., etc. It was a diabolical masterpiece.

El Desastre McCarrick

Cuando estaba en la escuela, el diablo se nos presentaba como un mito, como un artificio literario, una manera simbólica para explicar la presencia del mal en el mundo. Admito haber asumido en gran medida esta visión y haber perdido de vista que el diablo es una persona espiritual real. Lo que sacudió mi escepticismo sobre el maligno fueron los escándalos sexuales del clero de los noventa y a principios del dos mil. Digo esto porque esta horrible crisis parecía demasiado bien pensada y coordinada como para ser el simple fruto del azar o de elecciones malvadas del hombre. El diablo ha sido caracterizado como “el enemigo de la raza humana” y particularmente como el enemigo de la Iglesia. Reto a cualquiera a idear una estrategia más devastadoramente efectiva para atacar al cuerpo místico de Cristo, que el abuso de niños y jóvenes por parte de sacerdotes. Esta claro que este pecado tiene incontables víctimas directas, pero también ha destruido las finanzas de la Iglesia, ha disminuido las vocaciones, conseguido que muchos pierdan su confianza en el cristianismo, comprometido dramáticamente los esfuerzos de evangelización, etc. Toda una obra maestra del diablo.

Reverend Darrell Roman

Reverend Darrell Roman granted a medical leave of absence effective July 10, 2018. Father Roman had been serving as Pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, St. Clair Shores.

Archdiocese newspaper 'The Michigan Catholic' to be replaced with digital news website and service

The Archdiocese of Detroit on Wednesday announced it is replacing The Michigan Catholic print newspaper with Detroit Catholic, a comprehensive digital news website and service. Starting this fall, Detroit Catholic will feature free, daily and engaging news coverage of missionary activities of the local church in southeast Michigan.

To facilitate this news transformation, The Michigan Catholic newspaper will cease print publication after the August 24 issue, with an anticipated digital launch of the Detroit Catholic website in November.

The new online news service will continue providing the award-winning coverage and feature stories Michigan Catholic readers expect. However, the transition to Detroit Catholic will allow the archdiocese to enhance that coverage and broaden its storytelling and reach.

Details of this transition are being shared this week with Michigan Catholic subscribers and advertisers, as well as archdiocesan parishes and schools.

  • Read letter to the faithful from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron

Why Accompaniment Involves Apologetics

I recently granted an interview to the National Catholic Reporter concerning the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to which I was elected a delegate. In the course of the conversation, I stated that I would bring the issue of apologetics before the Synod, since so many young people have questions about, and objections to, the faith. But when the interview appeared, the author expressed her puzzlement that I would mention apologetics, though it is clear that the working document calls for “accompaniment” of young people. It seems many think doing apologetics and accompaniment are mutually exclusive. To my mind, they’re mutually implicative.

Por Qué Acompañar Implica Apologética

Recientemente concedí una entrevista al National Catholic Reporter acerca del Sínodo sobre los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional que se avecina, y del cual he sido elegido delegado. A lo largo de la conversación, afirmé que sacaré el tema de la apologética ante el Sínodo, pues muchos jóvenes tienen preguntas y objeciones sobre la fe. Pero cuando la entrevista apareció, el autor se mostraba asombrado de que yo mencionara el tema de la apologética, a pesar de que el documento preparatorio del Sínodo hiciera una llamada clara al “acompañamiento” de la gente joven. Al parecer muchos piensan que acompañar y hacer apologética son caminos mutuamente excluyentes. A mi modo de ver se implican mutuamente.

Reverend Raymond Bucon

Reverend Raymond Bucon granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father Bucon was previously on a Medical Leave of Absence.

Reverend Timothy Babcock

Reverend Timothy Babcock granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father was previously serving in the Office for Clergy and Consecrated Life.  Father Babcock will continue to act as part-time liaison for International priests, part-time Judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Chaplain for the Felician Sisters in Livonia and delegate for Catholic Cemeteries.

Reverend Donald Sopiak

Reverend Donald Sopiak granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father Sopiak was previously on a Medical Leave of Absence.