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Priest Loses Massage License

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 15, 2004

That's a headline from the Akron Beacon-Journal. Father Rick's been rubbing-down the greater Akron metropolitan area since 1996, but went on voluntary leave from his parish only after his arrest for growing marijuana this past January.

In other news, USCCB President Wilton Gregory has expressed the solidarity of Catholics in the United States with the people of Venezuela as they conduct a presidential recall referendum today.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 16, 2004 11:42 PM ET USA

    Karen: I think these guys get into the priesthood with the encouragement and support of weak bishops who are like-minded and who ordain them.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 16, 2004 11:28 PM ET USA

    I wonder if aromatherapy and seaweed wraps are considered massage. There's money to be made in those--the downside for Father Rick is that there isn't a lot of touching involved.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Aug. 16, 2004 8:23 PM ET USA

    How do these men get into the priesthood? Every time a new absurdity is reported I think this has to be the limit but it doesn't seem to end. The existentialist taught (Camus and Sartre, etc.) that the universe is absurd. I never found any evidence for that until I entered the Catholic Church. We all need to authenticate ourselves by praying the Rosary for the reform and renewal of the episcopate and the priesthood. And, for a USCCB recall referendum.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 16, 2004 1:40 AM ET USA

    Bishop Gregory and the USCCB would do well to show greater "solidarity" with Catholics in the United States before venturing into other pastures. He would do well to encourage a culture of holiness in the American clergy that our priests and bishops might seek first the glory of God and second the salvation of souls. If they have any time after that they could work on saving the whales, baby seals, trees and whatever other important projects that "require" their attention.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 15, 2004 11:39 PM ET USA

    Your gift for subtle satire is unparalleled, Diogenes.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 15, 2004 7:54 PM ET USA

    You Excellecenciesnous, Canadian Catholics wish to express their solidarity with American Catholics as they conduct a USCCB presidential recall referendum. Thats A-Number One.

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