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Racial dialogue: ‘Don’t get ordained with blinders on’

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 9, 2020         

Father Warren Harvey held up a bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup and then a salt shaker in the likeness of the racial stereotype “Mammy,” as seminarians and priests at the House of Formation in Little Rock were asked to say the first words that... More 

Bishop announces several priest changes for fall 2020

Published: July 6, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments effective  Sept. 1.  NEW PRIESTS Deacon Daniel Velasco appointed associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith and chaplain of Trinity Junior High... More 

Court's abortion ruling a'cruel precedent,' says bishop

By Carol Zimmermann, Published: July 6, 2020   

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a 5-4 decision June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that a Louisiana law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals could not stand. The opinion in June Medical Services v. Russo, written... More 

Arkansas Catholic takes scheduled publishing break July 4

Published: July 4, 2020   

Dear Reader: Arkansas Catholic will not publish a paper this week for July 4, as we take a scheduled summer break. Please look for your next issue July 11. Best regards, Your Arkansas Catholic staff More 

Court says tax credit can't exclude religious schools

By Carol Zimmermann, Published: July 3, 2020   

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a 5-4 ruling June 30, the Supreme Court said the exclusion of religious schools in Montana's state scholarship aid program violated the federal Constitution. In the opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court... More 

Bishop Taylor: Society doesn't act as if all lives matter

Published: July 2, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor issued this statement July 2 in response to discussions about the Black Lives Matter movement and racial inequality. When I came to Sacred Heart Parish in Oklahoma City as pastor in 2003 the parish was 95% Hispanic and I inherited... More 

Despite COVID-19 regulations, music still playing

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Published: July 2, 2020   

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- From priests donning face masks and gloves while distributing Communion to exchanging nods with socially distant parishioners during the sign of peace, the coronavirus pandemic has changed how Catholics celebrate the liturgy. But... More 

Celebrate freedom by supporting the Catholic press

Published: July 1, 2020   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's June 27 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and free digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe today. Supreme... More 

Corrected history: Debunking myths of Church controversy

By Carol Glatz, Published: June 30, 2020   

VATICAN CITY — The Inquisition, the Crusades, the trial of the Knights Templar, the condemnation of Galileo Galilei and the role of Pope Pius XII during World War II are just a few “hot” historical events in the life of the Church that... More 

Ordinary events led Father Rotok to priesthood 25 years ago

By Aprille Hanson, Published: June 29, 2020   

Father Siprianus Ola Rotok, SVD, is honest when people ask him about his vocation story — it’s ordinary. It is ordinary in the way that there was no lightning bolt, no voice from God or revelation showing him he’d one day be a priest.... More