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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...
  • Early Show: Abstinence Ok for Adults, Doesn't Work for Teens

    01/14/2009 1:57:26 PM PST · by Erin Brown · 7 replies · 564+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | January 14, 2009 | Erin Brown
    CBS hosts a pro-abstinence relationship expert, but the morning show has a history of denouncing abstinence. Patti Stanger, star of BRAVO’s “Millionaire Matchmaker,” shared her tips for finding Mr. Right on Wednesday’s CBS “Early Show.” The author and relationship expert surprisingly supports abstinence, telling women, “no sexy…no spreading.” Stanger’s advice is a welcome change from CBS’ usual take on sexual abstinence. Author of Become Your Own Matchmaker, Stanger gives women “eight simple steps for attracting your mate” and among those she includes abstaining from sexual activity. She told host Maggie Rodriguez that women should abstain until Mr. Right gives them...
  • Priestly Celibacy: Yes, it is Apostolic [Ecumenical]

    12/11/2008 6:31:54 AM PST · by NYer · 63 replies · 867+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 11, 2008 | Amy Blythe
    Christ came to redeem mankind from slavery to the passions by His life of sacrifice. Everything about Him went against the grain in a most unprecedented, radical manner causing scandal to the Jewish people who were expecting a temporal Messiah. Observe: he loves sinners, and eats with them; adulterers receive mercy; the ill He heals on the Sabbath. Most disturbing of all, He is not married but is a virgin and preaches continence for the sake of the Kingdom of God.The priesthood of the New Law is not made up of the powerful and intellectual but of men from ordinary...
  • (Actress Natalie)Portman Pulled Out Of Doubt Over Nun Portrayal (Cannot understand celibacy)

    11/28/2008 6:49:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 86 replies · 3,552+ views
    IMDB ^ | 26 November 2008 5:34 PM, PST
    Natalie Portman turned down the chance to play a nun opposite movie great Meryl Streep in Doubt - because she can't get her head around celibacy. The actress was at one point very interested in the movie adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's hit play - but she turned the part down because she couldn't see herself as a lifelong virgin.
  • Origin of priestly celibacy is fundamentally spiritual, expert says [Catholic Caucus]

    10/06/2008 1:33:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 819+ views
    CNA ^ | October 6, 2008
    Rome, Oct 6, 2008 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- In an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, Stefan Heid, professor of Liturgy and Hagiography at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archeology, said that “in its substance and origin, celibacy is a spiritual decision” that “requires interior strength.” In his article, Heid explains that “in every age of the Church there are priests who fail in their own sexuality. As with any life-long decision, which entails a long period of time, celibacy also requires an interior strength.  It can be lived only by a healthy priest, who is capable of marriage, and...
  • Cardinal John Henry Newman Faithfully Celibate

    09/05/2008 11:01:59 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 3 replies · 168+ views ^ | 9-4-2008 | N/A
    ZE08090404 - 2008-09-04 Oxford Professor Responds to Media Rumors LONDON, SEPT. 4, 2008 ( Here is an article by Ian Ker, an Oxford University professor, regarding rumors circulating in the British press about Cardinal John Henry Newman. The article by the Newman scholar appeared Sept. 3 in L'Osservatore Romano. * * * The exhumation of Venerable John Henry Newman's body from his grave has led to calls in particular from the homosexual lobby that he should not be separated from his great friend and collaborator Father Ambrose St. John, in whose grave Newman is buried in accordance with his own...
  • Q & A from Archbishop Dolan on married clergy becoming [Ecumenical]

    07/27/2008 2:29:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 95+ views
    JS Online ^ | July 26, 2008
    Q. We were always taught that married men could not be ordained Catholic priests. How is it possible that we could have a married Catholic priest here in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee? A. Celibacy is a discipline of the Catholic Church practiced universally in the West. Although it is highly valued, Pope Paul VI states that celibacy "is not, of course, required by the nature of the priesthood itself. This is clear from the practice of the early church and the traditions of the Eastern rite churches." Much has been said about practical reasons for celibacy, such as giving the...
  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee to get its first married priest

    07/26/2008 1:30:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies · 239+ views
    JS Online ^ | July 25, 2008 | By TOM HEINEN
    p>For the first time in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s history, a married Roman Catholic priest with children will be serving the faithful in southeastern Wisconsin. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan asked his priests and deacons this week which of them would be willing to accept the man - a former Lutheran minister - as an associate pastor at their parish. The priest and his wife, who have juvenile and adult sons, are moving from the Diocese of Venice, Fla. She has accepted a job here. Although no married priest has served here, about 100 married priests have been ordained in the...
  • Don’t Blame Celibacy ( "most sexual abuse occurs within families" )

    07/19/2008 1:39:16 PM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 259+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | July 17, 2008 | staff
    “Annoying and misleading” is what Sulpician ethicist Fr. Gerald Coleman has called a retired Australian bishop’s attempt to link celibacy with clergy sexual abuse of children. Writing in the July 11 San Francisco archdiocesan Catholic San Francisco, Coleman, the former rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and currently the vice president for ethics for the Daughters of Charity Health System, challenged Geoffrey Robinson, a former auxiliary bishop of Sydney, Australia. In May, Cardinal Roger Mahony forbade Robinson to speak in the Los Angeles archdiocese, as did Bishop Tod Brown in the Diocese of Orange and Robert Brom of...
  • Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) and Priestly Celibacy

    06/11/2008 4:12:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 143+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | June 11, 2008 | Carl Olson
    Since his death on June 3, 1963, many biographies and studies of Pope John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) have appeared. In the month of his death was the article of Roger Aubert, "Jean XXIII: Un 'pape de transition' qui marquera dans l'histoire". The same year, and revised in 1981, is Leone Algisi's John the Twenty-Third / Giovanni XXIII. In 1965 there appeared that of Edward Elton Young Hales, Pope John and His Revolution. In 1973 Pope John XXIII by Paul Johnson, and in 1979 Bernard R. Bonnot's Pope John XXIII: An Astute, Pastoral Leader. We are told the writer who had...
  • Vatican reaffirms Church teaching on ordination to the priesthood

    06/03/2008 1:33:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 149+ views
    CNA ^ | June 3, 2008
    Vatican City, Jun 3, 2008 / 01:33 pm (CNA).- The secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Angelo Amato, said this week only men can be ordained to the priesthood because “the Catholic Church is not authorized to change the will of her founder, Jesus Christ.""Therefore," the archbishop continued, "in the participation in the life and mission of the Church, women cannot receive the sacrament of Holy Orders and therefore, they cannot carry out the functions proper to the ministerial priesthood.”In an interview with the Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, regarding the recent decree by the CDF...
  • Brazilian priests ask Pope to end celibacy

    02/21/2008 1:57:21 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 91+ views
    AKI ^ | February 21, 2008
    Rio de Janeiro, 21 Feb.(AKI) - Brazilian priests have appealed to Pope Benedict XVI to change a church law that forces priests to remain celibate. According to media reports, a petition endorsed by 430 priests is to be sent to the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy requesting that the clergy have the right to choose celibacy or not. The document was approved at a national meeting of priests held in the monastery of Itaici in the state of Sao Paulo this week. The priests represent a total of 18,000 clergy across Brazil. The document outlines two options for priests -...
  • Zambia: Splinter Catholic Church Launched

    12/27/2007 7:36:24 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 164+ views
    All Africa ^ | December 27, 2007
    A SPLINTER Catholic Church called the Catholic Apostolic National Church of Zambia has been launched with Archbishop-elect, Luciano Mbewe, calling for more priests to join the church and fulfill their God-given role by marrying.Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) spokesperson, Paul Samasumo, said in reaction that he did not have much information about the newly formed church but was aware that the Catholic bishops in Zambia would preside over the matter next month. Father Samasumo said in an interview in Lusaka that the newly formed church had created parallel structures in the Roman Catholic Church and could not claim to be part...
  • Pastor arrested on child molestation charges

    09/14/2007 7:38:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 67 replies · 1,597+ views
    mercury news ^ | 09/13/2007 11
    The pastor of Sierra Heights Baptist Church was arrested on felony child molestation charges, according to police. Jail records showed John Bonine, 43, was arrested Monday and was still being held in Fresno County Jail Wednesday night as the congregation met to organize a leadership team to deal with the issue. The charges involve two children, both female, who were allegedly molested over several years. Mansel Trimble, youth pastor at Sierra Heights, met with church members Wednesday to discuss what he called a "difficult and painful" episode for the church and for Bonine's family. "We are looking for any way...
  • Married man considers turn as Catholic priest

    09/10/2007 12:16:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies · 654+ views
    Denver Post ^ | September 10, 2007 | Electa Draper
    The 52-year-old husband, father and former Episcopal priest weighs it every day as he considers ordination to the Catholic priesthood after leaving a church he felt was in turmoil. The little-known Pastoral Provision of the Catholic Church, approved by Pope John Paul II in 1980, permits former male Episcopal priests, even married men with children, to pursue two sets of vows - marriage and priesthood. The pope granted the provision at the request of breakaway Episcopalians troubled by a 1976 decision to ordain women. In the past 27 years, more than 80 Episcopal ministers in the United States have left...
  • What You [Catholics] Need to Know: Priesthood (Holy Orders) [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    09/09/2007 8:03:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 298+ views ^ | 2007 | Catholic Culture
    What You Need to Know: Priesthood (Holy Orders) The Catholic priesthood is under attack from all sides. This is due partly to the shortcomings of some priests, but in a broader sense the crisis of the priesthood and the attacks upon it arise from the Protestantization and secularization of our surrounding culture, which has affected even those within the Church herself. For a succinct and lucid explanation of Catholic teaching on the ordained priesthood, there is no better source than the Catholic Catechism, starting with no. 1536. But if you want an even more abbreviated treatment, scroll down to no....
  • School rules against Christian "purity ring" in schools - but Muslims can still wear hijabs

    07/16/2007 4:00:40 PM PDT · by van_erwin · 90 replies · 5,879+ views
    Reuters India ^ | July 16, 2007 | Reuters
    A British teenager whose teachers had stopped her wearing a "purity ring" at school to symbolise her commitment to virginity lost a High Court fight against the ban on Monday. Lydia Playfoot, 16, says her silver ring is an expression of her faith and had argued in court that it should be exempt from school regulations banning the wearing of jewellery. "I am very disappointed by the decision this morning by the High Court not to allow me to wear my purity ring to school as an expression of my Christian faith not to have sex outside marriage," Playfoot said...
  • The Adventure of the Priesthood [Part Five of a series on Celibacy] -- Catholic Caucus

    05/21/2007 5:03:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 463+ views ^ | 05-20-07 | Heidi Bratton
    Heidi Bratton  Other Articles by Heidi BrattonPrinter Friendly Version   The Adventure of the Priesthood May 20, 2007 This is the fifth column on Catholic vocations (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) and what parents can do to help children discern their vocation.  We continue this series on the role of family in the promotion of vocations by considering the priesthood.  Because the title "Father" is given to priests, we don't have to search too hard for a way to explain to our children the important role of priests within the Body of Christ or our Catholic...
  • Cardinal Hummes on Priestly Celibacy - "Christ's Precious Gift to His Church"

    03/25/2007 5:42:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 364+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 24, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 24, 2007 ( Here is an article written by Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, on "The Importance of Priestly Celibacy." It was published in the Italian edition of L'Osservatore Romano. * * * At the beginning of the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical "Sacerdotalis Caelibatus" of His Holiness Paul VI, the Congregation for the Clergy deems it opportune to recall the magisterial teaching of this important papal document. Indeed, priestly celibacy is Christ's precious gift to his Church, a gift one needs to meditate on anew and to strengthen, especially...
  • laetare (commentary on ordination of married Anglican convert to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles)

    03/18/2007 2:11:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 543+ views
    Off The Record ^ | March 18, 2007 | Diogenes
    Part of the background to a puff piece on the ordination of a married Anglican convert for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: In the 12th century, when the Catholic Church adopted a celibacy requirement, it was as much about protecting property as it was committing priestly intimacy to God, said the Rev. Thomas Rausch, a Jesuit professor of theology at Loyola Marymount University. "The church was worried about church property going to the descendents of priests," he said. Historically accurate? Somehow I doubt it's the whole story. Note the topspin on the shot: the insinuation that the spiritual reasons for...
  • Why Celibacy? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2007 7:15:21 AM PST · by Titanites · 5 replies · 261+ views
    Daily Catholic ^ | October 2002 | Mario Derksen
    A Brief Scriptural and Ecclesial Justification Why Catholic Priests Should Not Marry; Rather They Must Remain Celibate   " If someone who wishes to become a priest cannot even make the sacrifice of celibacy, giving up wife and children, how will he hold up when it comes to other sacrifices? Can he give his life for his flock? If the priest is not willing to give up wife and children, just how serious is he about his vocation? How will he be the best possible servant he can be if he is not willing to dedicate his life wholly to God?"...
  • Religion Today {Celibacy }

    01/25/2007 10:25:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 265+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/25/7 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The former seminary president who sparked a national debate on the impact of gays entering the Roman Catholic priesthood is now tackling another sensitive issue, adding his voice to those advocating an end to mandatory celibacy. "Celibacy used to go with priesthood as fish went with Fridays," said the Rev. Donald Cozzens. "Over the past 40 to 50 years, I would argue that more and more Catholics are questioning the need to link celibacy with priesthood." In "Freeing Celibacy," Cozzens suggests there may be a way through the problem by allowing celibacy as an option but...
  • Messori: Married priests no remedy for “vocations crisis”

    01/20/2007 3:43:16 PM PST · by GCC Catholic · 25 replies · 547+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Jan 18, 2007 | Vittorio Messori (via CNA)
    Madrid, Jan 18, 2007 / 02:11 pm (CNA).- The renowned Italian journalist Vittorio Messori published an article recently in which he blasted one of the most popular myths of the day: that married priests would solve the “crisis of vocations.” Reprinted by the Spanish daily “La Razon,” Messori’s article notes, “The Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish communities are all undergoing similar ‘crisis of vocations’, if not greater, than that of the Catholic Church, despite the fact that their pastors, priests and rabbis can marry.” “Marriage, therefore, would not be the remedy for the shortage of priests,” Messori continued. “Nor would it...
  • Married Priests Back Celibacy (Part 1 of 2)

    12/20/2006 6:23:43 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies · 1,769+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 24, 2006 | TIM DRAKE
    Part one of Two WACONIA, Minn. — It was a Saturday night, and Father Larry Blake had just celebrated Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Waconia, Minn. He hadn’t eaten dinner and longed to spend time visiting with his wife and children.“No sooner had I sat down than our emergency line rang,” said Father Blake, a former Lutheran pastor who was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1999. “Someone at the hospital needed the anointing of the sick. I determined I had enough time to finish eating dinner and then left for the...
  • On Priests, Marriage and the Sacraments

    12/15/2006 12:55:54 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 523+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 9, 2006 | Dwight Longenecker
    In just over one month I will be ordained a Catholic priest. My wife will be in the front row. My oldest son will be an altar server. My daughter and younger sons will present my priestly vestments as part of the ordination rite. Since I was a married Anglican priest when I became a Catholic, the Church allows me to be dispensed from the vow of celibacy. Remember, celibacy is a discipline of the Church and not a doctrine. This exception is processed through a special office set up to deal with each case as it arises. When a...
  • Vatican Said (Again!) Not Revising Celibacy Rule

    12/04/2006 1:37:28 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 501+ views
    WCBS ^ | December 4, 2006
    VATICAN CITY A Brazilian cardinal who appeared to suggest the Vatican was open to revising its celibacy requirement for priests stressed Monday the question was not on the Holy See's agenda and contended that allowing them to marry wouldn't solve the clergy shortage. Cardinal Claudio Hummes issued a statement on the day he arrived in Italy to take up a senior Vatican post in charge of priests worldwide. On Friday, in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper, Fohla de S. Paulo, Hummes noted that celibacy was not church dogma but a rule, sparking some speculation, including in the Italian media...
  • Mainer fights rule of Celibacy for priests

    11/27/2006 6:28:23 AM PST · by VidMihi · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | November 27, 2006 | Clarke Canfield
    BRUNSWICK - The Vatican this month reaffirmed its position that priests should be celibate. But Louise Haggett remains faithful to her belief that the Roman Catholic Church's celibacy rules need changing now more than ever. The church could grow its shrinking ranks of priests and touch many more lives by lifting its celibacy requirements, said Haggett, a lifelong Catholic who runs a nonprofit referral service for married priests. In the decade since Haggett launched her Rent-a-Priest Web site, more than 100,000 people have been married, buried, baptized or otherwise attended to by married priests who are listed on the site....
  • Jesuit defends priestly celibacy (a lengthy but worthy read)

    11/19/2006 6:26:03 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 465+ views
    Renew America ^ | November 18, 2006 | Donald J. Keefe, S.J.
    I. Preliminary Clarifications and Distinctions The Apostolic Exhortation, "Pastores Dabo Vobis," reaffirmed the traditional foundation of priestly celibacy [1] in the nuptial union of Christ with the Church: as the priest is ordained to offer sacrifice in persona Christi, [2] so he acts in the Person of the second Adam vis-ŕ-vis the second Eve, the Church. [3] This vindication of the tradition which discovers the foundation of celibacy in the priestly offering of the Eucharistic sacrifice [4] must itself be the basis for any further clarification of the nature of such celibacy. At the same time, the Apostolic Exhortation raises...
  • Pope, Curia Aides Reaffirm Value of Priestly Celibacy (detailed Vatican response)

    11/16/2006 4:43:13 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 369+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 16, 2006
    Special Meeting Stresses Need for Formation VATICAN CITY, NOV. 16, 2006 ( Benedict XVI and his collaborators in the Roman Curia reaffirmed the importance of priestly celibacy, and stressed the need for a "human and Christian formation" for priests and seminarians. The decision was confirmed in a communiqué issued by the Vatican press office, after a special meeting today held in the Apostolic Palace. The Pope presided at the gathering, which was attended by cardinals and archbishops who head dicasteries of the Curia. The press office note revealed that "the participants in the meeting received detailed information on the petitions...
  • Vatican Reaffirms Celibacy for Priests

    11/16/2006 8:00:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 55 replies · 851+ views
    AP ^ | 11/16/6 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Thursday reaffirmed the value of celibacy for priests after a summit led by Pope Benedict XVI that was spurred by a married African archbishop who has been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Zambian Archbishop takes married priests crusade to Africa (Vatican fears schism)

    11/14/2006 11:55:28 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 301+ views
    World Peace Herald ^ | November 14, 2006
    WASHINGTON -- Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church for having consecrated four married priests as bishops, continues to make the Vatican nervous. In advance of an expected visit by the Archbishop to his homeland, Zambia’s Catholic Episcopal Conference has issued a stern warning, reminding Catholics of his excommunication, and advising them “to be aware that if he holds religious functions, then those ceremonies will be done outside the Catholic Church. Therefore they are not Catholic services.” The warnings demonstrate serious Vatican concern that the charismatic Zambian prelate, healer and exorcist might lead a breakaway congregation in...