Archives for June 2014

Do you have a list of diocesan experiments, programs or associations promoting “common living” or “community” for diocesan priests.? Any and all information will be appreciated. Vincent Grimalia, Diocese of Scranton

I am niece and power of attorney for my uncle, Msgr Philip F. Thoni. He now resides in an assisted living/Alzheimers facility. Could you please mark him in your records as Do Not Call/ Do Not Solicit and discontinue any mailings to his address at 34 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN? I would certainly appreciate it. He no longer has the ability to donate and must conserve his resources to pay for his care at this time in his life. It is frustrating for him and it will make my job easier if he does not see any mailings requesting donations. Thank you for your help.

Angela T. Power


I am sending via USPS a copy of the latest compensation package information for the archdiocese of Boston priests. The past several issues of “Laborer is worth of his hire” have been without the Boston data, something which is embarrassing and unnecessary.
As annual adjustment information becomes available, I shall forward that along as well.
You can forward this to whoever is responsible for the publication.

The Laborer Is Worthy of His Hire – 2013 Edition

NFPC This Week #571 – 6/8/ – 6/14/2014

Of Note This Week – 

Editor’s message:

NewNFPClogoThe next NFPC This Week e-letter will be published the weekend of July 5.

Effective July 1, the NFPC office will occupy a new space in the same building here in Chicago. The new space is Suite 1114. Please make a note of it. The phone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain the same.

Between now and the end of June we will prepare for the move. During the time of preparation, our office will be open regular business hours.

Thank you for your understanding.


At the April meeting of the Galveston-Houston Council, Cardinal DiNardo announced a new parish will be erected in the Fulshear area beginning this summer. A consensus formed to support this decision.

  • Fr. Brendan Cahill gave a presentation on the Catholic Leadership 360 Program for pastors and priests.
  • Members heard a presentation on updating policy for senior priests.
  • A concern was raised that not enough priests are preparing for retirement.
  • A committee is being formed to examine priest retirement issues.
  • Finally, the director of the Ongoing Formation of Priests Office gave a presentation on priests’ morale. A primary focus were priests who minister in parishes by themselves.


Phoenix priest killed in a burglary

Zenit and Catholic News Agency (June 12, 2014) have reported that a 28-year old priest was killed during a burglary at Mater Misericordia (Mother of Mercy) Mission Church in Phoenix, Ariz. The priest was identified as Father Kenneth Walker, associate pastor. The pastor, Father Joseph Terra, 56, was critically injured, according to the reports.

CNA goes on to report that police responded to a burglary call from Father Terra, shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.

The Diocese of Phoenix released a statement that said in part: “We are stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic assault perpetrated last night against Fr. Joseph Terra and Fr. Kenneth Walker, two religious order priests who belong to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter … The police are still gathering information and trying to sort through the details of this senseless act of violence. We ask that people offer prayers for both priests, the religious community, their families and the parish.”

For the Diocese of Phoenix statement, click here.

For the Zenit report, click here.

For the CNA report, click here.

St. Louis archbishop’s deposition released

Secular media releases reporting on a videotape of a deposition by St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson indicated he wasn’t sure child sexual abuse was a crime. The archbishop was deposed recently by a plaintiff’s attorneys for damages pending in Minnesota relating to events that happened more than 30 years ago. Archbishop Carlson was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1984-1994. The National Catholic Reporter’s (June 11, 2014) summary of the deposition’s release stated that neither Archbishop Carlson nor the Archdiocese of St. Louis are parties to the particular case.

The fact is, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of St. Louis (June 11, 2014) and posted by Zenit News Agency, Archbishop Carlson was deposed previously by the same plaintiff’s counsel on at least three separate prior occasions in the 1980s focused on the activities of the same priest that he was again asked about last month–27 years later.

The issue that brought the confusion forth and was taken out of context was not about whether the archbishop knew that child sexual abuse is a crime, but rather when “mandatory laws” went into effect making it a crime for clergy not to report suspected child abuse in a timely manner. The Zenit statement, notes in part: “What Plaintiff’s counsel has failed to point out to the media is that Mr. Goldberg [the attorney representing Archbishop Carlson] himself noted at this point in the deposition “you’re talking about mandatory reporting?” (emphasis added). When the Archbishop said “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” he was simply referring to the fact that he did not know the year that clergy became mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse.

For the National Catholic Reporter summary, click here.

For the Zenit News Agency (June 11, 2014) statement, click here.

Providence diocese sponsors Grill the Priests!

In an idea sounding very much like the Theology on Tap series, the Diocese of Providence’s Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation offers an outreach to young adults that features “food, fun, and frank questions.” Held at Dave & Busters in Providence, RI, a summary of recent Friday night event was described in The Catholic World Report (June 5, 2014), an online Internet service.

Five priests, four diocesan and one Dominican, sat on barstools in front of theater-style dining room. The $15 ticket price includes a buffet meal, which preceded the main event. A cash bar is available.

Providence’s Grill the Priests provided no ground rules for the questions asked, other than to be courteous. But advanced publicity did prime the pump: “Have questions? Maybe you’ve wondered about God, faith, and religion. Maybe you have questions like, why does that Catholic teach that? Come ask panel of priests your deepest or even funniest questions.”

An audience of about 150 attended the May event. According to the report, a common line of questioning was related to increasing persecution of the Church, in small ways and large. Coming only a few days after the planned—and failed—Satanic Black Mass at Harvard University, only an hour’s drive from Providence, the crowd expressed delight with the massive turnout for a Eucharistic Procession through Cambridge, Massachusetts. A few had taken part in it. They were also unsettled that such an anti-Catholic event would be taking place at all.
A young man who was from Harvard asked why more Catholics don’t get involved and fight against persecution? The question shifted the grilling from the priests to everyone in attendance. The clerics answered with appreciation for all those who are publicly defending the faith—especially defending the Eucharist—while exhorting everyone else that disciples of Christ need to respond to a culture that is growing less understanding of Catholicism.

For the entire Catholic World Report posting, click here.