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Former Catholic Priest Dies Before Facing Sex Assault Trial CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 5, 2017 A former Roman Catholic priest awaiting trial on sexual assault charges has died. The Rhode Island Medical Examiner's Office says Barry Meehan died of a heart attack on December 8. He was 67. Meehan pleaded not guilty in 2014 to five counts of first-degree sexual assault on two young men in the late 1980s and early 1990s while Meehan was a priest at parishes in Providence and Cranston. He resigned as pastor of St. Timothy's Church in Warwick in 2013 after state police ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/former-catholic-priest-dies-before.html

Commemoration of All Souls HAPPY CATHOLIC* - November 2, 2016 ... dedicate our prayers in suffrage for the souls in purgatory, still being purified of the remains of sin. Our ties with deceased relatives and friends do not end with their death. Priests can celebrate Mass three times on this day for their benefit, and all the faithful can gain special indulgences to expedite their entrance into heaven. In Conversation with God, Vol. 7 Here is the translation of the beautiful, yet mournful music for the day which I heard at ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2016/11/commemoration-of-all-souls.html

Catholic Church Calls for Slowdown on Timing of Funerals CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 1, 2016 Dublin's Catholic archdiocese has called for a review of the speed with which funerals take place in Ireland. In a new policy document on funerals it notes that funerals in Ireland traditionally take place very quickly, often less than 48 hours after death has occurred. Changes in society and in the church "require a review of this practice", it said. An "increase in the number and frequency of funerals, the desire by families and the Christian community to make ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/catholic-church-calls-for-slowdown-on.html

New Vatican Directive Discourages Cremation CRISIS MAGAZINE - October 31, 2016 The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's Instruction on the Burial of the Deceased ( Ad resurgendum cum Christo ), released October 25, is a welcome restatement of the Church's preference for earth burial over cremation. It is essential to seize the "teaching moment" this document affords: rather than just focus on the "do's" (do bury a body in a cemetery) and "don'ts" (don't scatter ashes or keep them at home), Ad resurgendum offers a prime opportunity to address ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/baPMGfytjUE/new-vatican-directive-discourages-cremation