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  • Radio Replies First Volume - Celibacy

    11/10/2009 9:08:44 PM PST · by GonzoII · 35 replies · 651+ views ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Celibacy 1193. Who made the law of celibacy? The Catholic Church, with God's approval and authority, following the example of Christ and the Apostles. 1194. Did not Pope Gregory VII originate it in the 11th century? No. He merely enforced the already existing law more rigidly in his efforts to correct abuses. Over 300 years before Gregory VII was Pope, the Greeks met the Latin Bishops at the Council of Trullo, and admitted, "We know that the law of the Roman Church is to demand that married men, from the moment of their ordination, must separate from their wives forever."...
  • Married priests? For the Vatican, still an exception to the rule

    11/13/2009 3:23:41 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 310+ views
    cns ^ | November 13, 2009 | John Thavis
    Seminarians cheer as Pope Benedict XVI arrives for a youth rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., last year. Vatican officials often have upheld celibacy as "a sign and a stimulus for pastoral charity." (CNS/Nancy Wiechec) By John ThavisCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The question of priestly celibacy is one that keeps bubbling to the surface at the Vatican, most often in the theoretical discussions of synods of bishops but more concretely in a new papal document on Anglicans coming into the Catholic Church. The fact that married former Anglican priests may be ordained as Catholic...
  • Cardinal Levada: no “celibacy issue” in reception of Anglicans into Catholic Church

    10/31/2009 1:37:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 887+ views
    cna ^ | October 31, 2009
    Vatican City, Oct 31, 2009 / 12:13 pm (CNA).- In an extensive clarification released on Saturday by the Vatican press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. made clear, on behalf of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Levada, that there is no “celibacy issue” delaying the publication of the Constitution that will establish the context in which Anglicans can be received into the Catholic Church.In a statement released in English –breaking the common use of Italian- Fr. Lombardi explained that “there has been widespread speculation, based on supposedly knowledgeable remarks by an Italian...
  • Priestly celibacy gets new look after Vatican welcomes married Anglican clergy

    10/30/2009 12:45:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 631+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/30/9 | Jennifer Garza
    One of the hardest things Ed Donaghy has ever done was leave his ministry as a Catholic priest. For months, he agonized over his conflicting desires to have a family and serve as a priest in the Sacramento Diocese. In the end, Donaghy felt he had no choice. The priest, who served in Woodland, told his bishop he had to leave. That was four decades ago. "It would have been wonderful to be married and be a priest," said Donaghy, 73, now retired as an insurance agent. "I loved the work and would have continued." Donaghy is one of more...
  • Celibacy Issue Holds Up Apostolic Constitution

    10/29/2009 10:34:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 667+ views
    NC Register ^ | October 29, 2009 | Edward Pentin
    The delay in publishing the apostolic constitution, which will allow large numbers of Anglicans to be received into the Catholic Church, is due not so much to translation problems as the more weighty issue of priestly celibacy.According to two reliably informed Italian newspapers, Il Giornale and Il Foglio, canon lawyers are continuing to define what has been a particularly unclear aspect of the new provision: whether married Anglicans could train as seminarians.Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale reports that over the last few days, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has been working to clarify this point. He writes that “everything...
  • The Case for Priestly Celibacy

    09/15/2009 4:04:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies · 1,430+ views
    ic ^ | September 15, 2009 | George Sim Johnston
    Each month, when I face an auditorium full of engaged couples preparing for a Catholic marriage, there is a Q-and-A session. It is the interesting, unrehearsed part of the evening. The couples write their queries on a piece of paper, and the anonymity guarantees at least a few hardball questions about the Church and its practices. "What about Galileo?" is among my favorites, along with inquisitive notes about Torquemada. But the majority of these "zingers" turn out to be protests about the Church's rule of clerical celibacy. "You've told us how wonderful marriage is, that it's a great good...
  • Vatican official explains new authority of bishops to defrock priests

    06/05/2009 12:26:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 705+ views
    cna ^ | June 5, 2009
    Cardinal Claudio Hummes / Archbishop Mauro Piacenza Vatican City, Jun 5, 2009 / 11:54 am (CNA).- During an interview today with Vatican Radio, Secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, clarified that bishops around the world have not been granted with "automatic" powers to defrock priests, but only with the capacity to proceed more speedily in cases that were not considered by the current Code of Canon Law approved by Pope John Paul in 1983.The new powers granted to bishops were announced by a letter sent to all episcopates by Cardinal Claudio Hummes on April 18...
  • A case for celibacy for priests

    06/03/2009 10:57:29 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 10 replies · 571+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 6/4/09 | Fr. Robert Barron
    The scandal surrounding the Rev. Alberto Cutie has raised questions in the minds of many concerning the Catholic Church's discipline of priestly celibacy. Why does the church continue to defend a practice that seems so unnatural and so unnecessary? There is a very bad argument for celibacy, which has appeared throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some. It goes something like this: Married life is spiritually suspect; priests, as religious leaders, should be spiritual athletes above reproach; therefore, priests shouldn't be married This approach to the question is, in my judgment, not just stupid but dangerous,...
  • CBS’s Rodriguez: Catholic Church Too ‘Stringent,’ Should Be ‘More Progressive’ [Ecumenical]

    05/29/2009 11:35:31 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 29 replies · 759+ views ^ | 5/29/2009 | Kyle Drennen
    While reporting on disgraced priest Alberto Cutie leaving the Catholic Church in the wake of a sex scandal, on Friday’s CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez asked CBS News analyst Father Thomas Williams about the Church’s celibacy rule: "It seems to me that the Catholic Church, at least in south Florida, is not necessarily being introspective and considering whether Father Cutie and others have left the Catholic Church, and others are failing to join, because of its stringent rules. Would you like to see your church be more introspective, more progressive?"When the story about Father Cutie first broke in early...
  • Vatican investigation rebukes Central African Republic’s priests...archbishop resigns

    05/27/2009 5:14:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies · 728+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/27/2009
    Vatican investigation rebukes Central African Republic’s priests over celibacy violations; archbishop resignsMay 27, 2009 The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Archbishop Pomodimo, who enjoyed the support of local clergy and was appointed to the see in 2003, is 54 years old. The decision comes on the heels of the May 16 resignation of 52-year-old Bishop François-Xavier Yombandje of Bossangoa, the president of the nation’s episcopal conference during the hierarchy’s 2007 ad limina visit. The resignation follows a Vatican...
  • The call to have a family and serve God

    05/24/2009 3:26:18 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 78 replies · 2,156+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 24, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    'I would like to have a family and at the same time serve God." By all accounts, the man who recently spoke those words is more than capable of doing both. The Rev. Alberto Cutié, a 40-year-old Roman Catholic priest, built a devoted international following through his service as pastor of the St. Francis de Sales parish in Miami Beach, his immensely popular Spanish-language radio and television ministry, and his widely distributed advice column. "Father Oprah," he was nicknamed, both for his gifts as a broadcaster and his empathy for the struggles so many face when it comes to love,...
  • President of CELAM says celibacy in the Church not up for debate

    05/18/2009 11:15:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 392+ views
    cna ^ | May 18, 2009
    Managua, Nicaragua, May 18, 2009 / 12:59 pm (CNA).- The president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno, said during a press conference last week that celibacy “is not up for debate” at CELAM’s 32nd assembly nor “in the Church in general.” The archbishop made his comments in the wake of the questions raised about celibacy by Father Alberto Cutie of Miami, who has been romantically involved with a woman. He told reporters that celibacy “is not up for debate at this assembly nor in the Church in general, and so the priest who is ordained also...
  • A Case for Celibacy

    05/16/2009 2:46:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 463+ views
    NCR ^ | May 17, 2009 | Tom Hoopes
    “There is a very bad argument for celibacy, which has appeared throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some,” so wrote Father Robert Barron (of the above Catholicism Project) at yesterday. That argument is “not just stupid, but dangerous.” He presents a better one ... a shrewdly “lefty” one. Let’s start with the stupid, dangerous one. “It goes something like this: Married life is spiritually suspect; priests, as religious leaders, should be spiritual athletes above reproach; therefore, priests shouldn’t be married.” He points out that the Bible and tradition contradict that, from Genesis to Pope John...
  • Bad Examples Do Not Invalidate The Value of Priestly Celibacy, Says Bishop

    05/12/2009 12:50:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies · 427+ views
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 7, 2009 / 04:13 pm (CNA).- Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas in Argentina said celibacy cannot be reduced to a "mere imposition of the Church" and that "bad examples and even our own limitations do not invalidate the contribution of so many who, in the past and today, give their lives for others." Bishop Martinez said that a "materialistic vision" of man that is based solely on "instinct and the physiological" makes it difficult to see these values as a "gift of God" and an "instrument of service to humanity and to the common good."...
  • Opinion: Fr. Alberto Cutie. The Media Exploits a Fallen Priest

    05/11/2009 3:36:29 PM PDT · by tcg · 12 replies · 837+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/12/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    You have seen him everywhere by now, on television, in the newspaper and all over the internet. That young, handsome, photogenic priest named Fr. Alberto Cutie. One sample morning article from MSN gets right to the heart of the real problem, poor reporting. The headline reads “Celebrity priest backs celibacy, but may marry” and is then followed by a “teaser line” right below it in bold type “Fla. clergyman known as ‘Father Oprah’ says he may leave Catholic Church.” The claim is not true. Father Cutie has never said he was going to leave the Catholic Church. He is defending...
  • Gay Sex is Downright Dangerous and Abstinence Won't Kill You: I Should Know

    03/11/2009 6:19:54 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies · 1,298+ views
    Virtue Online ^ | 3-10-09 | David MacDonald
    (Note: David MacDonald is a Christian singer/artist who recently revealed that prior to his conversion he had been heavily involved in the gay lifestyle. Read his testimony here: I hate to quote statistics, but Canada's largest gay paper XTRA recently reported that, "A group of six Canadian queers is taking on homophobia in Canada's healthcare system by filing a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission." Gens Hellquist, one of the complainants, is the executive director of the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition. She explained at length her concerns about the health status of homosexual men and women in Canada,...
  • Married priests a possibility says Cardinal Egan [Catholic Caucus]

    03/12/2009 6:09:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies · 1,247+ views
    Florida Catholic ^ | March 11, 2009 | GREG SHEMITZ
    ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) | The possibility the Catholic Church will allow married priests shouldn’t be dismissed, New York Cardinal Edward M. Egan said March 10 during a radio interview.“It’s a perfectly legitimate discussion,” he said during a talk radio program in Albany hosted by Fred Dicker. “I think it has to be looked at.”Cardinal Egan was in the state capital as part of a legislative lobbying visit. He also discussed various New York legislative issues as well as the broader picture of the church’s public policy on topics such as same–sex marriage and access to abortion for minors.Cardinal Egan’s...
  • Bristol Palin wants to be, like, an advocate against teen pregnancy

    02/17/2009 5:01:51 PM PST · by DBCJR · 47 replies · 1,498+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | By Tina Morrison
    On Monday, Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, gave her first interview ...peppered with typical teenage-speak, such as “awesome”, more than a dozen “ums”, and, (by my count) at least 18 “likes”. ... ...The issue is sex education, or lack thereof. Her mother, Sarah Palin, believes abstinence only should be taught in schools. Hmmm, how did that work out for her family? When Van Susteren asked her toughest question regarding contraception ... Palin replied, “everyone should be abstinent, but it’s not realistic.” So, everyone else should be abstinent but it just wasn’t realistic in your situation? How does...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Talk Radio guys, talk 3.7 million "VIRGIN" out of giving it up...

    01/18/2009 10:25:04 AM PST · by jodiluvshoes · 21 replies · 2,082+ views ^ | 01.19.2009 | Kevin McCullough
    Last night, quite late in the evening, and on the show, the girl who has pledged to sell her virginity for the highest bid, convinced her to not "give it up" if a higher bid - individual or cumulative comes in to top the present $3.7 million offer that has been registered. Having done MANY interviews declining similar offers, Natalie Dylan (not her real name) has agreed to remain a virgin, and give ALL of the proceeds (that she had previously agreed to use towards graduate school) instead--to stopping the horrific practice of child sex trafficking.
  • Eight Traits Characterize Teens Who Abstain from Sex

    01/20/2009 6:41:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 49 replies · 1,650+ views
    citizenlink ^ | 1-13-09 | Jennifer Mesko
    The news reports seem to vary from day to day. Either condom-based sex education works, or it doesn't. Either abstinence should be the focus, or it shouldn't.But, according to government-supported research at the Heritage Foundation, one thing is clear: Teens who abstain from sex share some characteristics.The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health identified eight personality and behavioral traits that were associated with both abstinence and academic achievement:• Future orientation, with a focus on long-term goals. • Willingness to postpone current pleasures for larger future rewards. • Perseverance, as in the ability to stick to a task or commitment. • A belief that...