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‘Ninja Warrior’ priest finds a way to proclaim Gospel

Father Stephen Gadberry posed for a portrait after swinging up into a tree at St. John Center in Little Rock, Ark. He tried out for the NBC reality show “American Ninja Warrior,” which premiered May 30.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas priest is finding ways to take his appearance on the NBC reality show "American Ninja Warrior" — where his ninja name is "Father Flex" — and relate it to his role as a pastor.

Father Stephen Gadberry, pastor of St. Mary Church in Batesville and St. Cecilia Church in Newport, applied last December to be on the show, which allows everyday "warriors" to show off their skills in a series of challenging obstacle courses. The season began May 30.

Priest appointments 2018

Pastors

Rev. Msgr. Francis X. Blood, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann, to pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Warrenton

 

 

 

Congo’s bishops shocked after 8 killed in protests

KINSHASA, Congo — Church leaders in Congo expressed shock after security forces fired on Catholic protesters, leaving at least eight dead and 120 people detained.

The Dec. 31 protest against rule by President Joseph Kabila was organized by the Kinshasa archdiocesan lay coordination committee. At least a dozen priests were among those detained.

"We condemn with utmost vigor this unjustified violence," the Congolese bishops' conference wrote in a statement Jan. 2.

Jesuits denounce threats against outspoken Honduran priest, activists

MEXICO CITY — The Society of Jesus has denounced threats made against an outspoken Honduran Jesuit who has highlighted accusations of widespread irregularities in the Central American country's recent presidential election.

DEAR FATHER | A simplex priest is restricted in certain areas of ministry

A simplex priest is ordained as a priest, but in exercising his priesthood, he's restricted in two areas. First, simplex priests can't preach at Mass. Second, simplex priests can't hear confessions.

The reasoning behind these restrictions lay in the 1917 Code of Canon Law. According to this code and understanding of the law, clerics had to be granted faculties to preach by their bishop. Further, bishops could give the faculty to hear confessions fully, limit a priest to a certain territory, or withhold them all together if priest didn't pass certain examinations.

Oklahoma set to welcome world for beatification of ‘ordinary’ native son

Father Stanley Rother baptized a child in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Father Rother, who will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma, was a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese who was marytred in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor.

WASHINGTON — Catholics in Oklahoma have been preparing for a long time for this moment. Many, like Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, had faith it would come, but there's still a sense of awe, to think that a farm boy, one of their own, is about to take a step toward official sainthood.

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