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  • Historic: First married Maronite Catholic in U.S. to become a priest—UPDATED

    02/27/2014 11:51:57 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 26, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From USA TODAY (and note the quote from FOB Deacon Bill Ditewig!): In a move that could open the doors for more wedded priests in some Catholic churches across the USA, a married Maronite deacon will be ordained Thursday as a priest in St. Louis.Deacon Wissam Akiki, who serves St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral, will be the first married Maronite Catholic in the United States to become a priest, said Bishop Elias Zaidan of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles, which has its headquarters in Missouri.In the Middle East, it is normal (for a priest) to...
  • Will the pope OK married priests?

    09/18/2013 3:41:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Bonfire of the Vanities ^ | September 18, 2013 | FR MARTIN FOX
    Last week, the newly appointed Vatican Secretary of State made news when, in answer to a question about the Church's ancient practice of priestly (and episcopal) celibacy, acknowledged that this was not a dogma, and it was certainly possible to discuss a change in this discipline. The news media predictably made much of this; and for a lot of folks, this seemed to be something new. Well...it's not. I think, if you were to do an Internet search, you'd find that similar comments have been made by someone "high up" in the Church during the reign of the last three...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Roman Catholic Priests the Case For:

    07/03/2008 4:58:11 AM PDT · by Fr Bernard · 36 replies · 117+ views
    NONE | 2 July 2008 | Fr Bernard
    The Case for choices within the Roman Catholic Church is a very important not only for the Church Hierarchy but for all catholic people active or lapsed. Fact we have amalgamations and or closing down of churches in Europe and America on a grand scale exception is Poland who have seen a growth both to the Roman Catholic Church and the National Catholic church which Rome does recognise as valid. Anglican Clergy can do a quick conversion course and receive Catholic Orders along with his wife and kids. However if Fr o flattery dares to have an affair out he...
  • Friend saw signs of abuse in church leader's victim

    02/15/2007 5:47:21 PM PST · by siunevada · 198+ views
    NBCNews2 (Ft. Myers FL) ^ | February 14, 2007 | Maggie Newland
    LEE COUNTY: A church youth leader accused of repeated sexual assaults on two teenage boys now has a $300,000 bond after his first court appearance. The judge ordered a mental health evaluation and ordered him not to have contact with minors if he bonds out of jail. NBC2 spoke to a woman who knows Elantonio "T.O." Gomez and the boys. It's a story one woman says will haunt her for a long time - a story she says leaves her so heart-broken, she only agreed to talk if she could remain anonymous. She fears if her name or face were...
  • Excommunicated Cleric Defies Vatican

    12/11/2006 1:08:44 PM PST · by Joseph DeMaistre · 15 replies · 344+ views
    An excommunicated Roman Catholic archbishop continued to defy the Vatican when he installed two married priests as bishops on Sunday. In front of a sea of reporters and photographers and several dozen congregants, Raymond A. Grosswirth of Rochester, N.Y., and Dominic Riccio, of the Newark Archdiocese, were installed by Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo at the Trinity Reformed Church. The ceremony concluded a two-day convention of Milingo's advocacy group, Married Priests Now! In a visible break from tradition, the wives of both men helped their husbands on with their vestments before each man was anointed. Milingo, 76, installed four married men...
  • Renegade bishop set to rattle Rome will ordain 3 married men as Priests in New Jersey

    12/06/2006 11:00:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies · 569+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 12.06.06 | SACHI FUJIMORI
    A Roman Catholic Archbishop from Zambia with a colorful history of rousing the Vatican and ties to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, will once again annoy his bosses this Sunday when he ordains three married men as priests at a church in West New York.   Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo returned to the United States this July to kick-start his movement, known as Married Priests Now. This weekend he will host a conference at a Sheraton hotel in Parsippany, convening as many as 600 married priests from around the world. On Sunday, Milingo will perform the ordinations at Trinity Reformed Church in...
  • [Catholic Discussion] Church group stays faithful (to heresy!)

    08/17/2006 3:28:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 498+ views
    Washburn Advocate ^ | 8/17/2006 | Lydia Crafts
    Four years after organizing amid a tempest of sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic reform group Voice of the Faithful is still going strong. Its newly elected president, Mary Pat Fox, said Monday that VOTF will continue to make clerical and lay responsibility the cornerstone of its work within the Catholic Church. Her comments came at a meeting of Winchester Voice of the Faithful, one of VOTF’s most active chapters, which meets weekly at St. Eulalia’s Church in Winchester. VOTF formed during the nadir of the sexual abuse scandals of 2002, with the intention of dealing head-on with the corruption that...
  • Married, ex-Episcopalian ordained a Catholic priest in California

    02/10/2006 3:55:07 PM PST · by LouAvul · 130 replies · 2,650+ views
    modbee ^ | 2-10-06
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A former Episcopalian priest who converted to Catholicism became the first married cleric ordained in the Diocese of San Bernardino under an unusual provision. As his wife and two children looked on at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Gregory Elder was ordained into the Roman Catholic clergy Friday through a rarely invoked exemption to Canon Law called the Pastoral Provision. "I'm humbled, it's an honor, and only God could have made this happen," Elder told The Associated Press. "I didn't leave the Episcopal Church because I was mad at them. I wanted to join...
  • Married Men and the Priesthood: A Response

    01/20/2006 4:08:37 PM PST · by tcg · 14 replies · 370+ views
    Married Men and the Priesthood: A Response to George Sim Johnston Introduction During the early part of October, 2005, Catholic Bishops from around the world gathered in a synod. Among many topics discussed was the perceived "shortage" of priests. As a very minor mention during a discussion concerning the shortage of priests, the idea of reopening the order of priests to the candidacy of mature and proven married men (viri probati) men was tangentially mentioned. It was done so briefly and only within that specific context of the discussion concerning a declining number of priests in some parts of the...
  • Why Not Married Priests? The Case for Clerical Celibacy

    01/14/2006 10:40:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 33 replies · 1,496+ views
    Crisis ^ | 01.10.05 | 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 for...
  • Church silent on bishop’s marriage comments

    12/19/2005 7:17:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies · 364+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 12/19/2005 | Caroline O’Doherty and Michael Brennan
    Church silent on bishop’s marriage comments By Caroline O’Doherty and Michael BrennanTHE Catholic Church was staying silent last night on comments from one of its bishops that priests should be allowed to marry. Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh voiced his opinion which is in direct conflict with the Vatican in a newspaper interview in which he said celibacy was meaningless if it had a negative impact on priests and the church they served. "I have known some very fine priests who have left the priesthood because they found the challenge of celibacy not life-giving for them. Men like that are...
  • Myers to aid priest conversions, His office helps Episcopal Clergy become Catholic

    11/25/2005 4:37:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 882+ views
    ncr news ^ | 10.19.05
    An important Vatican body has appointed Newark Archbishop John J. Myers to oversee the process by which dozens of married Episcopal priests in the United States have become ordained in the Roman Catholic Church. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith named Myers the "ecclesiastical delegate" to work with American bishops who have Anglican priests in their dioceses who want to become Catholic clergy, the Newark archdiocese announced yesterday. Myers, the archbishop of Newark since 2001, said he expects to work two or three days a month at the job and has opened an office for it at the...
  • Married Priests Aren’t the Answer (a seminarian states his view)

    11/07/2005 10:20:41 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 637+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | RAYMOND CLEAVELAND
    The Vatican’s Synod of Bishops and the ongoing Apostolic Visitation of U.S. seminaries has piqued media speculation about the possibility of allowing married men to be ordained priests. One participant in the synod, Australia’s Cardinal George Pell, said last week that he did not favor this possibility. As a student for the priesthood, I agree. Celibacy is an asset for both practical and spiritual reasons. What’s more, I am skeptical of the notion that married clergy is the miracle solution to the priest shortage. Here’s why. For starters, I reject the notion that the current crisis of vocations in the...
  • Married priests sidestep Catholic church's celibacy stance

    11/05/2005 3:47:48 PM PST · by NYer · 80 replies · 1,068+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 5, 2005 | Jack Broom
    One is a psychotherapist. Another is a retired travel agent. A third sells medical equipment. But Sean Patrick O'Reilly, Ralph Bastian and John Shuster share an additional identity: Each is an ordained Catholic priest. Each has left the Roman Catholic Church as an organization, but still -- without official church approval -- maintains a type of ministry. "I checked out of the institution. I left the system. But I never left the church," says Shuster, 54, who lives in Port Orchard, Wash. To him, the "church" is the faithful, not the authority in Rome.
  • Vatican synod rules out married priests (for Latin Church)

    10/22/2005 2:50:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 541+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 22, 2005
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A synod of Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday clearly reaffirmed priestly celibacy and ruled out allowing clergy to marry as a solution to the crisis of vocations facing the Church worldwide.The working sessions of the three-week synod, the first of Pope Benedict's papacy, closed with 50 propositions and a message to the world from the more than 250 bishops.Overall, the synod's decisions have dashed the hopes of some liberal Catholics for movement on issues such as married priests, celibacy and the divorced faithful.The message acknowledged that "the life of our Church is also marked by shadows...
  • Vatican synod rules out married priests

    10/22/2005 2:09:46 PM PDT · by gpapa · 121 replies · 1,288+ views
    Australian Associated Press (AAP) ^ | October 23, 2005 | Unattributed
    A synod of Catholic bishops has clearly reaffirmed priestly celibacy and ruled out allowing clergy to marry as a solution to the crisis of vocations facing the church worldwide. The working sessions of the three-week synod, the first of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy, closed with 50 propositions and a message to the world from the more than 250 bishops. Overall, the synod's decisions have dashed the hopes of some liberal Catholics for movement on issues such as married priests, celibacy and the divorced faithful.
  • Some bishops say church must reconsider role for married priests

    10/08/2005 12:04:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 355+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | October 7, 2005 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A lack of priests coupled with people's great need for spiritual nourishment must prompt the church to be open to considering a role for married priests in the life of the church, said some members of the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. Coadjutor Bishop Arnold Orowae of Wabag, Papua New Guinea, told synod participants that Catholics who live in remote villages did not have "the opportunity for frequent celebration and reception of the Eucharist." In his speech Oct. 6, he asked how these communities would then be able to make the Eucharist the source and...
  • Synod - 07Oct - Married vs Celibate Priests

    10/07/2005 2:27:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies · 401+ views
    Vatican Press Office ^ | October 7, 2005 | H. Em. Card. Nasrallah Pierre SFEIR
    - H. Em. Card. Nasrallah Pierre SFEIR, Patriarch of Antiochia of the Maronites, Head of the Synod of the Maronite Church (LEBANON) 1. I refer to the relatio ante disceptationem, chapter a2 entitled the tested men, where there is a question about the celibacy of Catholic priests. The text says: “To overcome the lack of priests, some, guided by the principle of salus animarum suprema lex, advance the request for the ordination of married faithful, of proven faith and virtue”, rather than leaving the parishes without any priestly service. 1. There is a problem there that nobody ignores. We should...
  • Uninvited Guest Turns Up at Catholic Synod: Issue of Married Priests

    10/07/2005 7:22:20 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 43 replies · 837+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/7/5 | Ian Fisher
    Under Pope John Paul II, the question was barely up for debate. But over the last week, the deep shortage of Roman Catholic priests has dominated the first gathering of bishops under the new pope, Benedict XVI, with an openness and urgency that the Vatican has not been used to in recent years. "Celibacy has no theological foundation," Gregorios III Laham, who attended the synod as the patriarch of the Melkite Catholics, an Eastern Rite church, said at an early session, official briefers reported. "Married priests are admitted," he said. SNIP "It's one thing to listen and to allow conversations,"...
  • More (Priestly) Celibacy, Not Less

    05/24/2005 5:05:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 670+ views
    National Catholic Register | May 15-21, 2005
    Three Catholic issues drive critics nuts. Articles criticizing Pope Benedict XVI keep singling out three issues: the celibacy of priests, the all-male priesthood and the prohibition of artificial contraception. During May, our editorials will look at each of them, starting this week with celibacy, which is a little bit different from the other two. It isn’t a teaching on faith or morals - the Church doesn’t teach that it is impossible for a married man to be a priest. In fact, celibacy wasn’t required of priests for the first millennium of the Church’s history (though most priests were, in fact,...
  • Priests tell bishops: Marriage enhances ministry

    12/25/2003 7:51:08 AM PST · by sinkspur · 141 replies · 554+ views
    National Catholic Reporter | 12/26/2003 | Dick Ryan
    Priests tell bishops: Marriage enhances ministry Milwaukee example spurs growing letter-writing campaign urging reevaluation of celibacy By DICK RYAN Bishop Wilton Gregory’s mailbox has been stuffed with more than Christmas cards this year. In the last few months, there has been a windstorm of letters from priests all across the country asking the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to urge the discussion of optional celibacy for priests. With the decline of vocations, the large number of aging priests and the increasing workload of priests who, because of thinning ranks and clustered parishes, find themselves overworked and frustrated,...
  • MY HUSBAND, THE PRIEST

    10/07/2003 3:10:44 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 137 replies · 546+ views
    Commonweal | 1/17/2003 | Amy Welborn
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MY HUSBAND, THE PRIESTCan the church afford to ignore these men? Amy Welborn In a way, ours is like any other marriage, a union of souls, raising children, paying the bills. In a way, too, it is like any other second marriage embarked on by two people in their early middle age. Both accustomed to being in charge, running our own and the lives of those in our care, unaccustomed, at first, to making joint decisions, to even asking the other what he or she thinks about it. As is the case with any second marriage, both with histories...
  • Do The Faithful Realize The Problems With Optional Celibacy?

    08/24/2003 12:42:59 PM PDT · by sydney smith · 63 replies · 148+ views
    The Wanderer ^ | August 28 2003 | Fr. Joseph F. Wilson
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Return to Wanderer Home PageIssue Date August 28, 2003 The Milwaukee Petition . . . Do The Faithful Realize The Problems With Optional Celibacy? By FR. JOSEPH F. WILSON From Milwaukee comes word that over 160 priests have signed a petition requesting that the Church consider allowing optional celibacy in the Roman Rite, and requesting that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) take this subject up for deliberation. I wish heartily to second their proposal, to this extent: We should all definitely stop and think about this petition, and the fact that it has been put forward...
  • Wisconsin priests sign letter urging Roman Catholic church to allow optional celibacy

    08/19/2003 6:15:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies · 270+ views
    AP Wire (direct feed) | August 19, 2003
    MILWAUKEE (AP) _ More than 160 priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee have signed a letter arguing that married men should be allowed to enter the priesthood. The letter marks the first time since the mid-1970s that a group of priests has spoken out in favor of loosening the rules on celibacy, said Dean Hoge, a sociologist at Catholic University of America. ``We join our voices to those of so many others at this time, voices urging that diocesan priesthood now be open to married men as well as to celibate men,'' the letter said. The priests hope...
  • Fr. Christopher G. Phillips on EWTN's Journey Home Tonight

    08/12/2002 2:00:29 PM PDT · by sockmonkey · 9 replies · 189+ views
    EWTN's program guide ^ | August 12, 2002 | sockmonkey
    My Priest Fr. Christopher G. Phillips of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX will be the guest on The Journey Home on EWTN tonight August 12th at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central. He was the first Priest ordained under the Pastoral Provision which allowed for certain married clergy of other faiths to become Roman Catholic Priests, and for the establishment of Anglican Use Parishes in the Roman Catholic Church. He recently celebrated the Anglican Use Mass at Mother Angelica's Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL. He has also been featured on past EWTN specials,...
  • Married.....with chalice (married Catholic priests)

    06/09/2002 12:04:47 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 114 replies · 3,136+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/9/2002 | Berta Delgado
    These Catholic priests have parishes and families, too Father John Gremmels, pastor of the largest Catholic parish in the Diocese of Fort Worth, excuses himself from a telephone interview to take what he says is an important call on his cell phone. "Hello. Yes, Mom's on her way to get you," he says. "OK. Love you. Bye." "That was my daughter," the priest says of Alban, who just turned 16. "She needs a ride from ballet." No, this isn't another scandal in a church besieged by allegations of sexual abuse by priests and cover-ups by prominent bishops. The three Gremmels...
  • Openly gay rector first in Atlanta's Episcopal diocese

    03/09/2002 4:42:03 AM PST · by madprof98 · 20 replies · 230+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/9/02 | John Blake
    St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church has called a new rector who will become the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's first openly gay rector. The Rev. William quot;Macquot; McCord Thigpen III is scheduled to start as St. Bartholomew's rector on April 28, says Cary Patrick, a diocesan spokesman. Thigpen, 46, will be joined by his partner of seven years, John Lavier. St. Bartholomew's, in DeKalb County on LaVista Road, has a large gay and lesbian membership. The church, which has about 1,200 members, has had openly gay priests before, but not one serving as rector, the priest in charge of a parish. Patrick,...