Reading for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent Year A. Memorial: Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Liturgical Colour: white

First Reading: (Sirach 48:1–4, 9–11) Responsorial Psalm: (Psalm 80:2ac and 3b, 15–16, 18–19) Gospel: (Matthew 17:9a, 10–13)   FIRST READING Sirach 48:1–4, 9–11 In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace. Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours? You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of…

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Ex-Legionary, Fox News personality asks to leave the priesthood

Father Jonathan Morris, a former member of the Legion of Christ who was at one time among the most prominent Catholic priests in America as a contributor to Fox News, has asked to be dismissed from the clerical state, indicating he wants to be free to “marry and have a family” though saying it’s not about an “existing relationship.” In a statement released Friday, Morris writes that the decision has filled him “with newfound joy,” though he says he knows some people won’t understand his decision to leave the priesthood.…

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