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CNB Guest Opinion: Parents Give Disney A Wake-Up Call

November 29, 2022 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Disney’s latest box office failure: The most common word used by reviewers of Disney’s new film, “Strange World,” was “bombs.” Disney expected to bring in $30 to $40 million over Thanksgiving weekend but netted only $18.6 million. That’s pretty bad considering it cost $180 million to make the flick. It is expected to cost Disney $100 million when the final numbers are posted. The Wrap called it “one of Disney’s biggest failures ever,” saying it was the “biggest animated bomb in 20 years.” What happened? Those who live inside the Hollywood bubble can’t figure it out. But parents can. “Strange World” was the first animated movie for children featuring a gay teen romance. That’s not what most parents want their kids to see: they don’t want to sexualize their children. Disney was founded as a family-friendly organization. In more recent... Read more →

Charles Maurice Keenan Jr., of Gloucester City: RR Worker; Loved his Family, Eagles, Notre Dame and Bandstand

Charles Maurice Keenan Jr., passed peacefully on November 19, 2022 at the age of 85. He was born on February 9, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA to Charles M. Keenan, Sr. and Mary Keenan (nee Humble). He grew up in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, PA and later lived in Gloucester City, NJ. Charles was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Keenan (nee Friedel); granddaughter Charmaine C. Seiverd; son-in-law, Richard W. Seiverd, Sr.; daughter -in-law Audrey Keenan (nee Laxton); brothers, Jack, Ed, Leo, James, Joe, John, Billy, Charles and Franny; sisters, Helen Gismonde, Mary Griffith and Catherine Wilke and his parents, Charles and Mary Keenan. Charles is survived by his son, Charles Keenan and his wife, Cynthia; daughters, Janice Seiverd and Stephanie Hevey; grandchildren, Richard W. Seiverd, Jr, Shana & Lee Barnes, Chaz & Rikki Keenan, Meghan & Katelyn Hevey and great-grandchildren, Giavonna, Joshua, Devin, Kyle, Layla, Mariah, Ashton, Braeden and Jaeden. Charles worked... Read more →

The Story Behind The Story:

Women Raising South Jersey Sports Image

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Sunday's Courier Post (November 13, 2022) profiled 50 South Jersey women who have raised the profile of women in sports in this year, the 50th anniversary of the implementation of Title IX which evened the playing field for all sports and genders. Three of those women are from Gloucester City. They are Lisa Angelotti Gedaka of Gloucester Catholic, class of '84; Megan Light Mason of Gloucester High School, class of 1998; and Bernadette McGlade, Gloucester Catholic, class of 1976. Here are their profiles. Lisa Angelotti Gedaka pictured with Monsignor Edward Luccitt scored over 2,000 points in her playing career. Lisa Angelotti Gedaka - "The Carino-South Jersey Player of the Year in 1984. ...Earned Big East Player of the Year honor in 1988 while playing for Villlanova University, which has retired her jersey (No. 25.) ...Inducted in the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1995. ...A full-time... Read more →

GCHS Announces The Peyton Family Scholars Program

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 10,2022)--Patrick Peyton, Class of 1977, has come full circle in his support of Gloucester Catholic students. Back in 2012, Peyton funded one of Gloucester Catholic's first scholarship programs -- the Patrick Peyton-Fred Webb Scholarships, scholarships that helped a generation of Ram students from Camden County afford a GC education and move on to college careers. And now Patrick and his wife Jaleh have announced they will provide scholarship help for a new generation of Ram students. The scholarships, known as the Peyton Family Scholarships, will be awarded to several Ram students beginning with the 2023-24 school year. Patrick, a successful businessman in thermal processing tools and technology for worldwide industries, has been one of the school's most important donors for more than a decade. Aside from funding multiple generous scholarship programs, he was also the lead donor of the Patrick Peyton Athletic Complex in Sewell, NJ... Read more →

Gcity NEWS:

15 Apartments Coming To South Burlington Street

William E. Cleary Sr. GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 27, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--The Gloucester City Planning/Zoning Board, at its September 21 meeting, approved a resolution authorizing the owner of the former Gloucester Catholic High School Boys Building, Monmouth and Burlington Street, to be converted into apartments. The proposed apartment building is located on the west side of Broadway in a heavily residential area with very little parking. Presently there are approximately 4,300 properties in the City; of that number, 3,000 are apartments, and 1400 are homes. EXCLUSIVE The applicant is operating under the name of One South Burlington Street LLC. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Joseph Romano of Warren, NJ. St. Mary's Parish of Gloucester City owned the high school building. It was sold in 2017 to WEBO, LLC, for $450,000. The principals of that business are Rich Lauletta and Paul Margaritis. "WEBO is our best acronym for West... Read more →

Guest Opinion: The New York Times Lambaste Bernie McGuirk

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a New YorkTimes obituary on Bernie McGuirk: WABC legend Bernie McGuirk, who, along with Sid Rosenberg, commanded the number-one rated morning radio talk show in the New York area, “Bernie and Sid in the Morning,” died on October 5. On October 19, the New York Times ran an obituary on him by Ed Shanahan that read more like a tract than an honest summary of his professional life. [Full disclosure: I knew and liked Bernie for many years.] McGuirk made a name for himself by working with Imus, the iconic radio talk-show host, for two decades; he was one of his sidekicks. Here is how the Times began its obit on him. “The two men were fired because of a racist exchange about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, marring, but not ending, their shared radio success. Bernard McGuirk, a New York radio fixture... Read more →

GOOD NEWS: GCHS Announces The Ed and MaryJo Poole Scholars Program II

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 16, 2022)--Dr. Edward Poole, Class of 1963, and his wife MaryJo are genuinely grateful to give back to the current generation of Ram students! On September 29, Poole visited the school and met with the current four students who are recipients of his scholarships provided through the Ed and MaryJo Poole Scholars Program. He shared his time attending the school and the journey that led him to this point in his life. And he made it clear that his journey through Gloucester Catholic helped set a positive life path for himself and his family. The doctor practiced ophthalmic surgery in Bucks County, PA, and served on the staff at Wills Eye Hospital. Poole, who has an airline transport pilot license, graduated from Rutgers University Medical School in 1971 after completing post-doctoral fellowships in internal medicine, neurology, and ophthalmology. He and his wife, MaryJo, reside in Yardley,... Read more →

St. Mary Parish in Gloucester City Has A New Pastor

Photo by Dave Hernandez GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 16, 2022)--During the Vigil Mass on Sept. 24, Bishop Dennis Sullivan installed Father George Seiter (back row, far left) as pastor of Saint Mary Parish, Gloucester City. In addition to signing the profession of faith and oath of fidelity, Father Seiter formally greeted the parish staff during Mass. Afterward, he visited with congregants and posed for photos with clergy, altar servers, and parishioners. published here with permission of The Catholic Star Herald RELATED: Monsignor William Hodge Reflects on His 50 Years as a Priest Read more →

The George J. Batavick Scholars Program Established at Gloucester Catholic High School

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 9, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--George Batavick, Class of 1966, is a firm believer education is the key to success in everyone's life - as his years at Gloucester Catholic led to a successful professional business career. And he is grateful he can give back to the current generation of Ram students! On September 22, George (photos) visited the school and had lunch with the current students who are recipients of his scholarships provided through his George J. Batavick Scholars Program. He shared his time attending the school and the journey that led him to this point in his life. The students had the opportunity to ask questions and exchange views. Following lunch, George toured the school and met with teachers, staff, and other students. "My years at Gloucester Catholic were the foundation for a successful college education, business career, and rewarding life," said Mr. Batavick. "The teachers provided excellent... Read more →

WABC Radio Host Bernie McGuirk, Age 64, Died of Prostate Cancer

Bernie was a class act... ~Bill Donohue Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the death of Bernie McGuirk: The death of WABC radio host Bernie McGuirk comes as a shock, notwithstanding the fact his health condition was known to be perilous. The show that he co-hosted with Sid Rosenberg—“Bernie and Sid in the Morning”—brought joy to the lives of their fans for many years. He died of prostate cancer at the age of 64 on October 5. Of all the TV and radio shows I have done, none has been more fun than my time spent with Bernie and Sid. They are two of the greatest guys in the business. Smart, quick, courageous and humorous—it is no surprise their show was the number-one rated morning show in the New York area. Bernie was a class act. May he rest in peace. Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Newsom's Latest Sanctuary State Scam

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest sanctuary state scam: Illegal aliens who crash our borders can find sanctuary in California. Women who want to abort their child, but live in states with restrictive abortion laws, can come to California to have a doctor kill their baby. Now young boys and girls who are sexually confused, and who live in states where puberty blockers and chemical castration are considered child abuse, can go to California where they will be “treated.” The contempt that California Gov. Gavin Newsom has for America’s sovereignty is on a par with his contempt for state’s rights and parental rights. All this from a man who helped kill his own mother in 2002, at a time when assisted suicide was a felony in California! On September 29, Newsom signed a bill, sponsored by a homosexual activist and state senator, Scott Wiener,... Read more →


The Bridge Eco Village, located inside a former Catholic school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a development company that services disadvantaged people. Together with Rotten Concepts, a design company that specializes in haunted fare, the two entities are currently holding an event that attracted the attention of the Catholic League. Here is Bill Donohue’s response. September 29, 2022 Gary Gilliam The Bridge Eco Village Dennis Miller Rotten Concepts Dear Sirs: The idea of using a former Catholic school as the site for a Halloween “haunted house”—what is happening at the former Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg—seems bizarre, to say the least. But it is more than strange for “The Unholy Schoolhouse” to feature “demonic nuns and damned teachers,” instructing visitors that they will be “risking not only your life but your faith and your very souls.” And according to Dennis Miller, “It’s going to be creepy nuns, creepy... Read more →

Theresa Durkin, Longtime Athletics Teacher, and GCHS Alum, Hangs Up Her Sneakers

By Peter G. Sánchez, Staff Writer - September 26, 2022 Theresa Durkin has retired after teaching physical education in Saint Rose of Lima School, Haddon Heights, for 40 years. The powerhouse in South Jersey athletics, however, can still be seen around the school, assisting the principal in her free time. (Dave Hernandez) HADDON HEIGHTS – For the first time in 40 years, Theresa Durkin isn’t lacing up her shoes to lead students in warmups, stretches, or relays at Saint Rose of Lima School. She’s still around, however, to offer direction and greet children with a smile. “This is home,” Durkin says. A pillar in the school community for four decades, and a fixture in South Jersey’s Catholic education and athletics for five, Durkin, 76, put away the sneakers after the end of the last school year. “It was time,” the former physical education teacher says about retiring, admitting, however, “that... Read more →

Monsignor Thomas Michael Flynn, age 88, Longtime Parish Priest in the Camden Diocese

Monsignor Thomas Michael Flynn Born 9/2/1934, died September 20th. Son of the late James and Mary Flynn, Menlough, Co Galway. One of 9 children, Survived by 5 siblings, Moira Devilly, John Flynn, Helen Sheils, Theresa Broderick, Pat Flynn Predeceased by his parents, sister Kathleen Kitt, brothers, James Flynn & Lawrence Flynn Menlough national school 1939-1947 St Jarlaths secondary school 1947-1952 St Peters seminary 1952-1958 Ordained June 1958 in County Wexford, Ireland Assigned to Diocese of Camden New Jersey in September 1958, as parochial vicar in St Paul’s parish, Stone Harbor, Cape May, NJ. He was elevated to Monsignor in 1998. In his 50 years of active ministry, he was an administrator and later pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua, Camden (1971-1978); and pastor of Saint Ann, Elmer NJ (1978-1991); Saint Aloysius, Oaklyn NJ (1991-2003), and Epiphany, Longport, NJ where he served from 2003 until retiring in 2008. Msgr Flynn was... Read more →

Daniel J. O’Brien of Vermont, age 77 formerly of Fairlawn and Gloucester City

Daniel J. O’Brien, age 77 years of Sandgate, Vermont, formerly of Fairlawn and Gloucester City, New Jersey, passed away on September 7, 2022. He was born on April 12, 1945 and raised in Audubon, New Jersey to the late Robert J. O’Brien and Margaret Mary Cooney O’Brien. Dan is predeceased by his former wife, Elizabeth Batten, and is the devoted father of their children, Danny O’Brien, Jr., David (Diane) O’Brien, and Bernadette (Bill) Yingling. Loving grandfather of Kyle, Sonja, and Cecelia. Dear brother of Robert J. (Cindy) O’Brien, Maureen O’Brien, Mary Ann (Gilbert) Guinoiseau, and the late Margaret O’Brien. A loving partner to Holly Fertel. Dan was also a caring friend and mentored to Lan Fertel, Sean (Tammy) Fertel, and their children Seth and Sophie. He was a proud alumna of Gloucester Catholic High School and Glassboro State College. He was an exceptional athlete in high school, earning four varsity... Read more →

CNB Guest Opinion: Biden Hires Known Enemy Of Catholicism

Bill Donohue | CNBNewsnet Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Biden’s appointment of John Podesta: Never before in American history has there been a president of the United States who has worked harder to oppose Catholic teachings on marriage, the family, abortion, school choice, conscience rights, and the wellbeing of children (e.g., transgenderism) than President Joe Biden. Now he has added to his legacy by appointing a man to a senior position in his administration who is a confessed enemy of the Catholic Church, John Podesta. CNBNews graphic files On the Friday afternoon before Labor Day weekend, Biden appointed Podesta to oversee his climate policies. Podesta started in the job on September 6. Podesta served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid in 2016. He founded the far-left Center for American Progress, and has now come out of... Read more →

Joseph Patrick Quinlan, of Mullica Hill/Gloucester City; Dell Tech Employee, GCHS Alum

"Roey" On August 10, 2022, at the age of 58. Of Mullica Hill. Formerly of Gloucester City. Loving husband of 35 years to Kimberly A. Quinlan (nee Harris). Loving father of Kristi Little (Matthew), Erin Quinlan, and Melissa Finlay (Charles). Cherished “Poppy Joe” of M.J., Grady, and Ava. Beloved brother of Catherine Wiley (late Glenn), Terry Graf (Matthew), Marge McIntyre, Debra Marshall (Bob), and Regina Stief (Michael). Predeceased by his parents, Francis E. Quinlan and Florence Sauer Quinlan, as well as his brother, Francis Quinlan. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Joe was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School class of 1982. He worked for over 30 years as a strategic account manager for Dell Technologies. Joe was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing. He will be forever remembered for his sense of humor, always making others laugh, and his true love of his... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Biden Privileges Gays Over Kids

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the way the Biden administration is treating different demographic groups: On August 4, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared monkeypox a national public health emergency. This decision was not based on medical conditions; rather, it was purely political. On August 10, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported there were 9,492 cases of monkeypox in the United States. On August 6, a news story on CDC data reported that "fewer than 1 in 10 (8%) needed hospitalization due to monkeypox." That means there were 759 hospitalizations. A study published July 21 by the New England Journal of Medicine found that 98 percent of those infected with monkeypox were homosexual or bisexual men and that 75 percent where white. Now contrast these numbers with what we know about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), an infection that primarily affects young children during the fall... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Increase in Anti-Catholic Incidents

BILL DONAHUE I The Catholic League The recent flurry of anti-Catholic incidents at home and abroad is a disturbing reminder of how deeply entrenched this genre of bigotry is. The incidents are not in any way a coordinated attack, though some commonalities are evident, the most obvious being that they are all driven by left-wing players. It was reported in Canada last week that there has been a huge increase in anti-Catholic hate crimes: between 2020 and 2021, they shot up by 260 percent. Churches have been burned to the ground, stained-glass windows have been smashed and acts of desecration have taken place. Some of this is a reaction to news reports alleging the discovery of "mass graves" of Indigenous children on Catholic grounds. Those stories have been proven to be totally false—not a single corpse has been found in these "mass graves." But the damage that these lies have... Read more →

Dorothy 'Dot' Ann Wrigley (nee Lang) of Gloucester City

On July 26, 2022. Age 76. Of Gloucester City. (nee Lang) Loving and devoted wife of 45 years to the late Elwood J. “Bud” Wrigley. Loving mother of Joseph “Bud” Wrigley and his wife, Krista. Cherished grandmother of Natalie and Angela. Beloved sister Frank Lang (Lisa) and the late John Lang (surviving Pat). Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, John and Rebecca Lang (nee McQuaid). Dot was a longtime devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She loved vacations at the Jersey Shore, shopping and being surrounded by her family. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Saturday morning, July 30th from 10 AM to 11:45 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial 12 Noon in the church. Interment will follow in Camden County Veterans Cemetery at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden. Condolences and Memories may be... Read more →

Guest Opinion: TBS is Pushing Samantha Bee to the Curb

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor TBS is pushing Samantha Bee to the curb, which is not a strange place for someone who has spent her entire professional life in the gutter. After seven seasons, “Full Frontal” will not return in the fall. Bee is one of the most filthy-mouthed entertainers in American history. She is also a relentless anti-Catholic bigot. In 2018, she showed how low she can go when she called Ivanka Trump the “c-word.” After being blasted by critics, which did not include the National Organization for Women or the Feminist Majority, she issued an apology. “I crossed the line and I do apologize for that.” She added that “A lot of women do not want to reclaim that word. They want it gone and I don’t blame them.” A few nights later, she said that while she will refrain from using the “c-word,” she admitted that it... Read more →

Marie C. Ezzi, age 77, of Gloucester City

Marie C. Ezzi (nee Harris) age 77 of Gloucester City, passed away Friday, July 22, 2022. Mrs. Ezzi was born in Camden and lived in Gloucester City while she worked as a clerk for the City of Camden. Marie is survived and will be sadly missed by her siblings; William Harris, Julie Anne Harris, and Patricia Karlsen. Predeceased by her brother, Frank Harris. Mrs. Ezzi was predeceased by her children; Joseph, Marie Dobbins(Michael), Eric, Michael, Anthony, and Kevin. She was also predeceased by her granddaughter Erica Dobbins. She is also survived by her granddaughter Stephanie Ezzi, great-granddaughter Gianna, and many nieces and nephews. Marie enjoyed watching football with her brothers, sisters, and her kids. Relatives, friends, and neighbors are invited to gather with the family on Thursday morning and afternoon between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM at Creran Funeral Homes 700 Powell St., Gloucester City. A graveside tribute will immediately... Read more →

John Brian Kearney, 99, of Woodbury/Gloucester City; Catholic Deacon, Navy Yard Engineer, WWII Naval Veteran

On July 20, 2022. Age 99. Of Woodbury. Formerly of Gloucester City. Born in Donegal Township, PA, he was the son of the late Patrick J. and Maude (Horr) Kearney. Loving father of Frances X. Kearney (the late Deborah), Catherine E. Palumbo (the late Joseph), Marie Hunter (William), Anne Gross (Michael), Joseph Kearney (Catherine), John E. Kearney (Carol), Clare Kearney, Paul Kearney, Stephen Kearney (Mary Kathryn), Mark Kearney (Jill); many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Brian is also survived by his sister, Florence Reed; daughter-in-law, Rory Kearney; son-in-law, Tony Lentini. Brian was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Catherine V. (Williams) Kearney, he was also predeceased by his children, Michael Kearney, Patricia Lentini, Brian P. Kearney, Margaret Mary Kearney and Gerald Kearney. (image Brian and Catherine Kearney) Brian honored his country during WWII serving in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Engineer. He went on to work as an Electrical Engineer... Read more →

Monsignor William Hodge Reflects on His 50 Years as a Priest

By Peter G. Sánchez, Staff Writer The Catholic Star Herald ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (July 14, 2022)--After almost 50 years as a shepherd in South Jersey, Msgr. William Hodge is home. Granted, he spent about 17 of those years at “home” – Atlantic City, where he was born – serving what is now the Parish of Saint Monica. Today, however, he can rest, assured that his days of parish transfers are a thing of the past. Monsignor Wm. Hodge (photo courtesy of St. Mary Church) Effective July 1, Msgr. Hodge retired from active ministry, and he is already enjoying the fruits of a vocation well-lived. “I love it,” he enthuses on the present, while reflecting on the past. “I have enjoyed the priesthood thoroughly. It’s always been a blessing.” The son of Marie and Bill, and younger brother to Marie, Msgr. Hodge recalls a childhood spent among the Catholic community in... Read more →

Guest Opinion: In Denial Over Gay-Driven Monkeypox

By Catholic League president Bill Donohue CNBNews graphic files "Monkeypox can be exceptionally painful," says Patrick Ashley, senior deputy director at the D.C. Department of Health, "especially if there are lesions on the penis, a lot of penal swelling, on the anus as well, it can be significantly painful." Now we all know who is the most likely to have these kinds of problems. They used to be called homosexuals, then they were called gay. Now they are often known as men having sex with men (as if this is not what defines homosexual behavior). The D.C. Department of Health confirms our suspicion. So who is listed on its website as the most likely to get monkeypox? "Gay, bisexual, and other men 18 and older who have sex with men and have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last 14 days; or transgender women [e.g. males who think... Read more →

*You Are Invited: The Belles of St. Marys/St Mary's Cadet Mass and Lunch August 8

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2022 AT 8 AM LOVE, PRAY, EAT EVENT OF THE BELLE'S OF SAINT MARY'S / SAINT MARY'S CADETS GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 18, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Former alumni and friends of The Belles's of Saint Mary's/Saint Mary's Cadets, and anyone affiliated with either group are invited to attend a memorial mass at 8 AM at Saint Mary's Church, Monmouth and Atlantic Streets on Monday, August 8. (Coffee/Snacks to follow). On the same day at 12 noon those interested are invited to lunch at the Empire Diner, Brooklawn Circle, Brooklawn. Please send the year you graduated and marched, taught to Carol Ann Schaffer/Fallon. (photos provided) For more information and to register click here Read more →

Dr. James Dobson: Biden executive order on abortion shows 'obsession with continuing to destroy innocent children in the womb'

Statement: JDA Worldwide for Dr. James Dobson July 8, 2022 “This morning, President Biden signed an executive order promoting abortion. Every provision in the order seeks to ensure that as many abortions as possible occur in America, even after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. "While he positions this as an effort toward 'protecting the reproductive rights of women,' this is nothing less than an attempt to proliferate murder of our most vulnerable children. "The executive order promotes 'emergency contraception,' which is the so-called 'morning after pill,' as well as 'medication abortions,' which present great risk to women. "Another provision promises added security for abortion clinics, but does nothing to protect crisis pregnancy centers currently being attacked across America by pro-abortion extremists. "It is both tragic and infuriating to see at the highest level of our government such an obsession with continuing to destroy innocent children in the womb. The... Read more →

Media Fails The Public Once Again

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor The Supreme Court ends its 2021-2022 term today. It also ends a particularly embarrassing time for the media. On June 24, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade; it also ruled 6-3 to uphold the Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Astonishingly, many media outlets got the story wrong. The following media outlets incorrectly reported that the decision to overturn Roe was 6-3: Washington Post USA Today Yahoo Fox News New York Post New York Daily News Daily Caller Washington Free Beacon Forbes Fortune The Hill New York Magazine Atlanta Journal Constitution Pittsburgh Post Gazette Chicago Sun Times New York Times (headline was wrong but online news story was right) Seasoned journalists should have known from the leaked draft of the decision that it was going to be a 5-4 decision. They also should have known that Supreme Court... Read more →

Msgr. Hodge, Pastor of St. Mary and Father Soprano, Pastor of St. John Neumann Retire

Bishop Sullivan announces the retirements of two pastors, effective July 1. • Msgr. William A. Hodge, Pastor of Saint Mary, Gloucester City. • Father Ernest R. Soprano, Pastor of Saint John Neumann, North Cape May. Born in Atlantic City, Msgr. Hodge, 74, attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan University); Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., and the University of Dayton, Ohio. He was ordained May 25, 1974, by Bishop George H. Guilfoyle. His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Barrington (1974-76). Other assignments as Parochial Vicar included Saint Raymond, Villas (1976-77); Resurrection, Marmora (1977-81); Saint Lucy, Blue Anchor (1981-83); Saint Vincent Pallotti, Haddon Township (1983-90); Saint Edward, Pine Hill (1990-91), and Saint Patrick, Woodbury (1991-94). In 1998, he became Pastor of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in Atlantic City after serving as Administrator for a year. In 2015, he was appointed Pastor in... Read more →

Services Held for Father Joseph P. Capella, age 61, Rector of Camden Catholic High School

By Christina Leslie, Correspondent The Catholic Star Herald Father Joseph P. Capella, Rector of Camden Catholic High School, died June 21 after a long illness. He had ministered there as an educator, administrator, and friend to all, exemplifying the love of God and each other, since 2016. Camden Catholic High School president, Mary Whipkey, issued a statement to students, faculty, and friends in which she expressed sorrow at the priest’s passing. “We were blessed with his leadership, companionship, and guidance in all matters of school administration and Catholic identity. His daily presence in the classroom, the hallways, and welcoming students into his office was a gift to our student body,” Whipkey wrote. “Father Capella built relationships by helping our students to open their hearts to Christ, something which is not always easy to do with teenagers, but he did it. He truly made an impact.” Noting the priest’s last visit... Read more →

Father Thomas Capperella, Parochial Vicar in Saint Patrick and Holy Angels in Woodbury

WOODBURY, NJ --Father Thomas Capperella, 82, former parochial vicar in the Diocese of Camden, died June 26. Born in Plymouth Township, Pa., he studied at Blessed John XXIII in Weston, Mass., before being ordained a priest of the Diocese of Camden by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on June 2, 2001, in Blackwood. His first assignment was as parochial vicar of Saint Thomas More Parish, Cherry Hill, where he served for a year before being assigned the same role in Saint Vincent Pallotti, Haddon Township (2002-2005). Father Capperella went on to serve as parochial vicar in Saint Patrick, Woodbury (2005-2010), and Holy Angels, Woodbury, from 2010 until his retirement in 2014. A viewing will be held 8:30-10:15 a.m. July 11 in the Parish Center of Holy Angels, 96 Green Ave., Woodbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in Saint Patrick Church, 86 Cooper St. Burial is private. source The... Read more →

Bishop Takes Catholic Status From Jesuits School For Flying LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter Flags

Worcester, Massachusetts(CNBNewsnet)(June 24, 2022)--The Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester has told a local middle school that it can no longer identify itself as a Catholic school because it disobeyed the bishop's order to take down its Black Lives Matter and Pride flags. In a statement, the Nativity School said the flags fly at the school to remind students, their families, and staff that all are welcome and valued, and safe. Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester Diocese, removed the Catholic status of The Nativity School last month for flying LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter Flags at the entrance of the school. The Jesuits run the Nativity School. The flags were first displayed a year ago. Below is a copy of the letter he released. photo courtesy of -30- Why Symbols Matter. An open letter to the community about the flags at Nativity School by Most Reverend... Read more →

News Of Catholic Massacre In Nigeria Is Tainted

June 6, 2022 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on media coverage of the Catholic massacre in Nigeria: Father Andrew Abayomi was finishing his celebration of Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state (Nigeria) on Pentecost Sunday when terrorists shot the congregation and threw explosives at the church building, killing dozens of people. This was only the latest in a series of killings carried out by radical Islamists against Christians in Nigeria, though the media are reluctant to discuss the identity of the terrorists. No one was better at describing what happened than Nina Shea, whose expertise is monitoring religious liberty worldwide at the Hudson Institute. "The massacre in a church while filled with Sunday worshippers is an atrocity that we've repeatedly seen in northern Nigeria over the years. Those were the work of Islamist extremists." Mostly Muslims live in the north of Nigeria; the south... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Pelosi has been Begging for a Fight with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the rift between Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her bishop: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been told by her bishop, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, not to present herself for Holy Communion, has been begging for a confrontation with him for many years. Now she has succeeded. Less than two years after Cordileone was installed as the new archbishop in 2012, Pelosi, who was House Minority Leader at the time, "took the lead," according to the San Francisco Chronicle, "in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event...." The March for Marriage was held to promote the idea of marriage, properly understood: in other words, as the exclusive union between a man and a woman. This bothered Pelosi immensely, which is why she went public with her dissenting position. She has... Read more →

Rome Catholic High's Spring Concert Dedicated to People of Ukraine

PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 22, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--This upcoming Monday, May 23rd, Roman Catholic High School (RCHS) will be hosting a celebration of visual and performing arts in the Howard Center for the Arts (1212 Wood St.). The RCHS student orchestra will dedicate their performance to the people of Ukraine, demonstrating their solidarity with the suffering and plight of the Ukrainian people. The concert begins at 7:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. In attendance, representing his homeland, will be Reverend Roman Pitula, Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia. Rev. Pitula is a native of Stryj in Ukraine’s Lviv Region. He studied at Ivano-Frankivsk Spiritual Theological University of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, where he received his primary seminary education and formation. In addition, Rev. Pitula will be blessing medals of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of Kiev, which will be distributed to all concertgoers. In preparation... Read more →

*GCHS Pub and Grub Saturday, May 21

Gloucester Catholic's (GCHS) annual Rams Pub and Grub will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Patrick Peyton Athletic Complex in Sewell, NJ, from 2 pm to 8 pm. Join us for a day of food, fun and family! There will be a number of food trucks, activities, entertainment and much more! See details below! Read more →

New Jersey Catholic Bishops Outraged with Gov. Murphy’s Proposal to Expand Abortions in NJ

Catholic Church in New Jersey Stands Ready to Help Moms and Mothers-to-Be in Need A joint statement from the New Jersey Catholic bishops on Governor Murphy’s proposal that all health insurers in New Jersey provide coverage for abortion services: The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our disappointment and outrage over Governor Murphy’s announcement regarding proposed legislation to expand access to abortion in New Jersey, an act that by its very nature terminates human life. If enacted, this legislation would mandate health insurance coverage for abortions, codify regulations that permit non-physicians to perform abortions; and create a public fund that dedicates taxpayer money to pay for abortions. Ironically, New Jersey already has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the United States and continues to provide abortion providers tens of millions of dollars in public funds to perform these services. New Jersey continues to rank among the... Read more →

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez: People of God Must Step Up..

...proving they are comprehensively pro-life from the womb to the tomb. Press Release: The KAIROS Company for NHCLC SACRAMENTO — Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, released the following statement calling for comprehensive pro-life activism: “This long, dark night may soon end. The unconscionable injustice of extreme abortion policies — aligning the U.S. with countries like North Korea and China — may soon be over. Praise God. We must now put the same energy into demonstrating mercy and compassion as we have our activism. If what we have heard is true, people of God must step up, proving they are comprehensively pro-life from the womb to the tomb, with actions that dignify, care for and protect the lives of mothers, children and families. We must be the hands and feet.” --- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, executive producer... Read more →


Bill Donahue | CNBNews Contributor Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a new survey on abortion: Radio, TV, the internet, and newspapers are alive with stories saying that a majority of Americans do not want Roe v. Wade overturned. Those reports are totally misleading. While the actual text of the decision does not allow for all abortions, in practice it does: to perform a late-term abortion all the doctor has to do is invoke a "mental health" exception, and bingo—he can legally abort the baby. Guest Opinion Importantly, the American people have never been in favor of abortion on demand, yet this is what Roe allows. Surveys almost never ask respondents if they would support this ruling if they knew that it would allow for abortions at any time during pregnancy, and for any reason whatsoever. The latest survey on this subject, published by the Pew Research Center, is... Read more →

GUEST COMMENTARY: Schumer's Abortion Bill Guts Religious Liberty

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Sen. Chuck Schumer's abortion bill: On May 11, Sen. Chuck Schumer will introduce the Women's Health Protection Act, the most radical pro-abortion bill ever written. It would effectively guarantee abortion-on-demand. It would also gut First Amendment protections for religious liberty by exempting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). GUEST OPINION Schumer epitomizes the Democratic Party on abortion and religious liberty. Not too long ago, the Democratic Party was cautiously pro-abortion. Two days after becoming president in 1993, Bill Clinton said, "Our vision should be of an America where abortion is safe and legal but rare." When Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008, she repeated this line, adding, "By rare, I mean rare." Rare no more. There is not an abortion today that most Democrats wouldn't support. Worse, they went from being pro-religious liberty to anti-religious liberty. On March... Read more →

Letters to the Editor: The Left Is Deranged Over Roe v Wade Being Overturned

Statement: The KAIROS Company for Dr. James Dobson May 10, 2022 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR "Recently, the Left has become increasingly deranged over the potential of Roe v. Wade being overturned. From riotous mobs outside the homes of Supreme Court justices to pro-abortion activists defacing churches across the country in violation of federal law, to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) attempting to push through legislation codifying abortion on demand, the Left is showing their true colors. And they are as hideous as it gets."For the first time in three generations, the Court is poised to restore the right of self-government and return the grave issue of abortion to the people. Now, more than ever before, God-fearing and life-loving Americans must let their voices be heard. "First, we must demand that our President and all legislative leaders expressly condemn the outrageous and lawless attempts by mobs to coerce and threaten... Read more →

13-Year-Old Logan Calls Radio Station About His Calf

CNBNews Note: This was sent to us by a friend. It is a short story first posted in 2007 about a boy name Logan, who lives on a ranch in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ which broadcasts from Houston, TX. The 13-year-old called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf . His words have wisdom beyond his years. What struck us was how mature he sounded for being so young. Also how different this youngster's life must be compared to the majority of 13 year olds who live in the state of New Jersey. It is just a few minutes long. Let us know your thoughts. (A Production) KSBJ is a local Houston Christian music radio station. Video clip produced by Hear the entire message at Read more →

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: What the Hell is Going On? 

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 24, 2022)--Que diable se passe-t'il-ici? the French ask about America. I ask myself that question almost every day. What the hell is going on? This week we can ask that question about the Dioceses of Camden. The old news is that the dioceses declared bankruptcy in October, 2020. That case is still in the courts. This week's news is that the dioceses wants to put $87.5 million into a trust fund for the survivors of sexual abuse. This has to be approved by the bankruptcy court which is, as all bankruptcies, in a federal court. That is a lot of money but the judge could say more or less money should be allocated. He has the final say. This $87.5 million is the second highest proposed settlement by a dioceses. It surpasses the settlement of the Dioceses of Boston at $85 million.... Read more →

Archdiocesan 2022 Blue Pinwheel Awareness Garden

The Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) will partner with Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School in Maple Glen (Montgomery County) to host the The garden is being planted in observance of “National Child Abuse Prevention Month,” which is commemorated annually during the month of April. The garden is part of a national movement, “Pinwheels for Prevention.” It is as a grass roots initiative sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse America. Tuesday, April 26, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Saint Alphonsus Church 33 Conwell Drive Maple Glen, PA 19002 (Montgomery County) Portions of the event will be live streamed from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Facebook page @ AOPSschools. Approximately 460 students in grades Pre-K through 8 will work collaboratively with school faculty and administration as well as OCYP staff to plant 500 pinwheels. Monsignor Brian Hennessy, Pastor of Saint Alphonsus Parish; Monsignor Stephen McHenry, Pastor of... Read more →

Blessed Sister Nora Foley, OP, Catholic Elementary School Principal & Teacher; Caregiver to GCity Homeless & Sick

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 11, 2022)(CNBNews)Sister Nora Foley, OP (Sister Patricia Margaret) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died April 9, 2022 in Wall, New Jersey. She was 89 years of age. The daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret (Horan) Foley, she was born February 26, 1933 in Kilcummin, Ireland. Sister Nora entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, New York, in September 1954, made her First Profession in June 1956, and Final Profession in August 1959. Sister Nora earned her BA in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York and her MA in Administration from Villanova University. Sister Nora’s ministry in elementary education began at Saint Lawrence School in Lindenwold, New Jersey, where she taught from 1956-67. She then moved to Sacred Heart School in Camden, New Jersey, where she was principal from 1967-79. From 1979-2004, she was principal at Saint Mary... Read more →

Palm Sunday and Easter Services at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (Live Stream)

ARCHBISHOP NELSON J. PÉREZ TO CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY AND THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL AND THE SHRINE OF SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL Faithful throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord and the Sacred Paschal Triduum. Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday April 10, 2022 – April 17, 2022 MASS SCHEDULE FOR PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD Sunday, April 10, 2022 Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Passion of the Lord is proclaimed as Christians around the globe mark the beginning of the holiest week of the year. 11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass: Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will be the principal celebrant and homilist. This Mass will be streamed live on Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page Members of the Cathedral Basilica and Cantus Angelorum Cathedral Choirs will assist... Read more →

Guest Opinion: New York City Mayor Rips Off Taxpayers

Phil Donohue | CNBNews Contributor Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ misuse of public funds: New York City Mayor Eric Adams inherited a mess created by his predecessor, Bill de Blasio. Most New Yorkers had high hopes that he would turn things around. Instead, he is off to a bad start. New York City has the highest unemployment rate of any city in the nation. It is also witnessing a mass exodus of people to other parts of the country—Manhattan leads the nation. This is driven in large part because of the spike in violent crime, made possible because of morally bankrupt D.A.’s and an insane bail reform law. The high cost of living is also making it impossible for many to live here anymore. To top things off, public schools are a disaster. And what is Mayor Adams doing? He is spending... Read more →

St. Katharine Drexel, The Saint, who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

How a saint became part of the U.S. tax code By Catholic News Service - March 29, 2022 0 310 This likeness of St. Katharine Drexel is seen at the Katharine Drexel Shrine in Bensalem, Pa. The saint, who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, helped lobby Congress in 1924 to make an federal income tax deduction for charitable giving part of the U.S. tax code. (CNS photo/The Crosiers) By Tim Swift, Catholic News Service This tax season, Americans have an unexpected figure to thank for one of their most-used deductions. She wasn’t an accountant, a lawyer or even a politician, but an actual saint. St. Katharine Drexel is well known for being a trailblazing figure in the early 20th century, championing the needs of Native Americans and Black Americans, but few know she may have the most lasting impact on philanthropy of any American in U.S. history. Her... Read more →


Some Schools Are Abusing Children and Parents

Bill Donohue | CNBNewsnet Contributor Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on how child and parental rights are being violated by an educational association: Three weeks ago today, I sent a letter to Donna Orem, president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), asking her to validate a story about the organization that was published by Breitbart, an internet media outlet; copies were sent to members of the board of trustees. She has not replied, thus I am going public with my concerns. NAIS is the national accreditation association for private schools across the country. In my letter I refer to its "queer-inclusive curriculum," one which constitutes manipulative and highly objectionable fare. Moreover, it does so in secrecy, intentionally shielding parents from its contents. Many Catholic parents who send their children to a private non-sectarian school would be horrified to learn what the curriculum entails, as would non-Catholic parents.... Read more →

Cathleen Polczynski, age 95 of Cherry Hill

On October 3, 2021. (nee Avallone) Age 95. Of Cherry Hill. Formerly of Washington Township. Loving mother of Eve (Howard) Carney, Mary Polczynski and Thomas (Edie) Polczynski. Devoted grandmother of Shawn Carney, Timmy Polczynski and Tommy Polczynski. Cathleen was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1925 in Queens, New York. She loved her Roman Catholic faith and her family. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Cathleen’s visitation on Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 10 am to 10:45 am at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am in church. Interment private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of Cathleen Polczynski. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCann-Healey Funeral Home: Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142 Read more →