Catholic composer David Haas accused of ‘sexual battery’ and ‘spiritual manipulation’

Denver Newsroom, Jun 14, 2020 / 06:43 pm (CNA).- The composer of several well-known songs used in Catholic liturgies has been dropped by a prominent hymnal publisher, amid accusations of serial spiritual manipulation and sexual misconduct.

“Early this year we became aware of allegations of sexual misconduct by David Haas, and we learned the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis was considering a decision not to provide him a letter of suitability,” GIA Publications said in a June 13 Facebook post.

“In response, we suspended our sponsorship and publishing relationship with Mr. Haas, and have not sponsored his work since late January,” the publisher added.

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Are you a mouse or a man? A homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi…..

Sunday, the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Our Lord is celebrated. While you may puzzle over my title for today’s blog, allow me to delay the explanation to a bit later. On a solemn feast like this, many things might be preached and taught. Let’s look at three areas for reflection: the Reality of the Eucharist, the Requirement of the Eucharist, and the Remembrance of the Eucharist.

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60 years ago, Pope St. John XXIII met a Jewish icon and the world changed…

In his first encyclical Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI wrote that Christianity doesn’t begin with an idea or an ethical system, but an encounter with the person of Christ. Personal encounters are indeed foundational to much of Christian history, and yesterday was the 60th anniversary of one of the most consequential such meetings of the last century.

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Seeking reasons for violence and destructive ideologies, let’s not forget the consequences of our missing fathers… …

In the coming week, many American families, children, and loved ones will be preparing for our annual observance of Father’s Day. As the national holiday approaches, we find ourselves still enmeshed in moral uncertainties, civil disturbances, and confusion over the future. Such a restless state of affairs in one of the most powerful countries in the world is itself a source of bewilderment. How has this happened? Could these things have been prevented?

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In June, we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary…

The Feast of the Sacred Heart falls on June 19, and June is the month which has been traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart. The following day, June 20, is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. So the two feast days are right next to each other, which is appropriate given the closeness of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary, both on Earth and in Heaven…

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