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  • First Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Ordained: ‘It Means We’re Here to Stay’

    02/04/2016 2:11:38 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 4, 2016 | KATHLEEN NAAB
    HOUSTON — In a majestic Mass at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, history was made for the Anglican ordinariates established by Pope Benedict XVI: Their first bishop was ordained. “In a nutshell, it means we’re here to stay,” summarized Msgr. Harry Entwistle, the ordinary of Australia’s ordinariate, which is under the patroness of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. The new bishop, Stephen Joseph Lopes, 40, a native of California, was in fact instrumental in the creation of the ordinariate that he now leads — the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The...
  • Baptist Church Founded by First SBC President Allows Ordination of Gay and Transgender Ministers

    08/20/2015 8:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers. Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis...
  • (Catholic) Vesting Prayers Part 1 of 8

    07/05/2015 4:18:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    ccwatershed ^ | July 5, 2015 | David Friel
    HAT IS THE PURPOSE of sacred vestments, and what is their origin? These are questions that most ordinary Catholics probably could not answer. A very good (and very concise) explanation of liturgical vesture is given by Fr. Mauro Gagliardi, consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff (available from the Vatican webpage). His article is well worth a look. The Roman Rite could have developed in such a way that the Sacraments are celebrated by priests who dress in the clothes common to their culture, but it did not. Instead, a system of sacred vestments worn...
  • Ad Multos Annos: FR Member's Ordination and Request for Prayers: Catholic Caucus

    06/26/2015 7:46:40 AM PDT · by Romulus · 51 replies
    self | June 26, 2015 | Romulus
    A longstanding and well-beloved member of this Forum (anonymous, so if you know the man, please do not reveal his name) tomorrow will be ordained as a priest of Jesus Christ. He has requested this thread so that prayers may be offered. Please join me in thanksgiving and petition that his vocation will be fruitful and joyous: Heavenly Father, grant these and other blessings unto thy servant, for thy glory and the salvation of souls. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Ad multos annos, gloriosque annos, vivas, vivas, vivas!
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported very constructive talks with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • Holy Orders: The sacrament of ordained ministry [Catholic Caucus]

    04/29/2015 8:25:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 | Father Michael Van Sloun
    Holy Orders: The sacrament of ordained ministryThe Catholic Spirit | Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | May 23, 2012 Holy orders is one of the seven sacraments. It, along with the sacrament of marriage, belongs to a special group of sacraments known as the Sacraments of Commitment. These two sacraments are “sacraments at the service of communion,” “directed toward the salvation of others,” and “serve to build up the people of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1534).Three degreesWhile all of the baptized share in the universal priesthood, holy orders is the sacrament of the...
  • Report: 20% increase in number of men to be ordained priests in 2015

    04/09/2015 11:42:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 8, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    Seminarians lead a procession for Mass during the dedication of a new building at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Yesterday the USCCB released some information about men to be ordained priests this year. On average, the report states, the men were 17 years old when they first considered the vocation of priesthood, and 71% said they were encouraged in that regard by a parish priest, "as well as friends (46 percent), parishioners (45 percent), and mothers (40 percent)." And the number of men to be ordained is up 20% from last year:...
  • PCUSA Ordains First Married Lesbian Couple as Ministers Days After Denomination's Marriage Amendment

    03/22/2015 7:48:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2015 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Days after America's largest Presbyterian denomination approved an amendment to its constitution changing its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, a lesbian couple will be ordained as ministers Sunday at First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Kaci Clark-Porter and Holly, who married three years ago, will be the first-ever same-sex couple to be jointly ordained, according to USA Today, which says the denomination couldn't point to other examples. Last year, Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a vote on an amendment to change their official definition of marriage from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a...
  • SIGNS OF HOPE: THE UNDER-35 PRIEST (Catholic Caucus)

    02/06/2015 1:42:55 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | February 6, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    Is an American Catholic renaissance possible in our lifetime?Nine years ago I started writing as the “American Papist” because I was, and remain, proud to be both Catholic and an American.We as Christians understand that hope is a necessity of being Catholic because there is no better foundation for hope than the promises of Christ.Newly ordained priests. Copyright: The Catholic Spirit But what signs of hope can be gleaned for the future of the Catholic Church in America?This year, interspersed with my other writing, I’m launching a series of essays around the theme “Signs of Hope” to share and explain...
  • The Priesthood in England - Conclusion

    01/23/2015 4:10:56 AM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 3 replies
    Biblical Anthropology ^ | January 23, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    Anglicans have held to the Roman account of the priesthood as an order originating with Jesus' Apostles. This idea was beautifully developed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict), who wrote: Of great importance for our question is the fact that Jesus gave His power to the Apostles in such a way that He made their ministry, as it were, a continuation of His own mission. "He who receives you receives me". He Himself says to the Twelve (Mt 10:40; cf. Lk 10:16; Jn 13:10). Many other texts in which Jesus gives His power to the disciples could here be...
  • Dear Ms. Walker: You Are Not a Priest (another female ordination)

    01/10/2015 2:18:24 PM PST · by NYer · 95 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | January 5, 2015 | Kathy SCHIFFER
    On Saturday, January 3 in Kansas City, Georgia Walker attempted to do what no woman had done before:  She tried to become a Roman Catholic priest.And she’s got the pictures to prove it:  Georgia smiling, arms raised in triumph, vested in red and white, processing down the aisle at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church.  Her friend, “Bishop” Bridget Mary Meehan, smiles proudly at her side.  Attending the ceremony were members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a group of similarly deluded women who imagine themselves to be ordained.Here’s the thing, though:  WOMEN CAN’T BE PRIESTS.No, really!  Women...
  • Catholic "Women Priests": Can There Be a Discussion? (No - here's why)

    12/12/2014 1:05:14 PM PST · by NYer · 64 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 10, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Those Catholics who are seeking and hoping to "ordain" women are working within a hermeneutic of revolution. Rose Marie Dunn Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath kneel before Patricia Fresen, center, during a ceremony in November 2007 "ordaining" them into a group called the Roman Catholic Womenpriests at a St. Louis synagogue called Central Reform Congregation. (CNS photo/Karen Elshout) Eleven years ago Christine Mayr Lumetzberger was excommunicated because she attempted to be ordained as a Catholic priest. A mischievous and misleading article by British journalist Peter Stanford entitled “Meet the Female Priest Defying Catholicism for her Faith" recounts her story.  Ms....
  • Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests

    09/20/2014 11:11:54 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 13 replies ^ | 09/19/2014 | The Local
    A Swedish priest has been fired after telling his congregation that people who support female priests would be rejected by God - despite the fact that his own church is led by a woman. The Church of Sweden priest in Halland, south-western Sweden, was defrocked after a sermon in which he claimed that Christian salvation was only available to people who rejected the ordination of women. The priest made the controversial comments after finding out that a reorganisation of the church in his area meant that he would soon be working with two female pastors. The very idea that a...
  • Priestly Ordination To Men Alone

    07/17/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 49 replies
    In a historic vote, the Church of England today approved female bishops. The vote was far from even being close. Women will be bishops in the Church of England after a historic vote in the General Synod, ending 40 years of not being able to do so. An overwhelming 81 per cent of Synod members backed the change, during the sitting in York, and 75 per cent of the laity supported the move.There will no doubt be a great push of the Feminist movement to use this event to further their causes for whatever reasons they may be. There will...
  • Guest Post: Ignoring Logic And The Misrepresentation Of Ordain Women [Non-OW questions Lds leaders]

    07/07/2014 9:11:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    The Exponent ^ | July 2, 2014 | LoriAnn
    As Ive thought about the issues of asking questions, faithful agitation, and looking for a much-needed change regarding gender inequality in the Church, I have come to the conclusion that we as a church dont know all there is to know about God. None of that has to take away from the truthfulness of the Gospel, but the suggestion that the Church is perfect makes the declaration of having a living prophet seem a bit confusing. If there are not things that we are waiting to open our eyes to (which means God is waiting on us to ask him)...
  • Time for new reformation re: understanding of Biblical priesthood, sainthood, & ordination [Vanity]

    06/26/2014 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 169 replies
    Colofornian | June 26, 2014 | Colofornian
    Mass confusion is still extant pertaining to three key Christian words -- each related to "ministry" and those who serve God: "priesthood" "saints" "ordination" Each of these words have, unfortunately, been largely skewed by the historical Church: The first two by Roman Catholicism; the latter by Protestantism. 'Holy Priesthood...Royal Priesthood' No New Testament-based Church can neglect 1 Peter 2:4-9 and Revelation 1:5-6 plus Revelation 5:10 in its definition of "priesthood." In 1 Peter 2, the "holy priesthood" (verse 5) and the "royal priesthood" (verse 9) are described as a privilege presented to those who... ...come to Christ (verse 4); ...are...
  • Married Mans Ordination Reveals Unusual Prohibition on Eastern Catholics

    04/10/2014 1:32:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 7, 2014 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    Father Wissam Akiki with his wife and daughter, Perla, at her first Communion. ST. LOUIS Surrounded by his wife, daughter and the bishops of his Church, Father Wissam Akiki made history in February as the first married man in 90 years to enter the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church in the U.S. Kp> But for Catholics of most Eastern-rite Churches in the U.S., including the Maronites, the fact the priest is a married man isnt that extraordinary: Whats extraordinary is that they have to ask the Vatican for permission to ordain married men in the first place. snip...
  • What happens at a (Catholic) bishop's ordination?

    04/05/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    The Evangelist ^ | April 4, 2014 | REV. ANTHONY BARRATT
    Next Thursday, April 10, a key event will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany: the ordination of Bishop-elect Edward B. Scharfenberger as the new Bishop of Albany. The event will be broadcast live on EWTN and Time Warner Cable News and on the internet via the Diocese's website, (see sidebar). A brief guide to the long and complex liturgy can help us to understand what happens during an ordination Mass, and also help us to reflect on the role of a bishop. All the gestures, actions and words in any liturgy - whether...
  • Will ordination doctrine drive a mass exodus of the faithful from the Catholic Church?

    03/24/2014 2:51:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    So says my colleague at The Week, Damon Linker, in an essay predicting that all churches would need to change doctrines to keep up with the modern world, especially the Catholic Church. Refusing to adapt doctrine to modern thought will force an exodus of people from their faiths, Damon writes, especially the Catholic insistence that ordination is limited to men: By contrast, the majority of Catholics who support women’s ordination are confronted on the altar with the all-male priesthood every time they go to church. At the moment, frustration about the issue is muted because Pope Francis has inspired so...
  • Am I Permanently Barred from Ordination to the Priesthood?

    01/24/2014 8:50:53 AM PST · by Weiss White · 14 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 24, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I have been discerning my vocation, trying to determine whether or not I am called to be a priest. I happened to find a commentary on canon law in my school library it says that a person is barred from being a priest, permanently, if they have ever been a heretic, apostate, or schismatic. I was baptized outside the Church (Lutheran), and professed agnosticism for a time before converting to Catholicism around the time I was 17. Does that make me incur the irregularity? Alex
  • I Once Debated dismissed Maryknoll Priest Roy Bourgeois on CNN Heres the Video.

    11/20/2012 12:49:59 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ordination Debate
  • Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

    08/16/2013 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very brief.The fact is, the number of priests per parish spiked sharply after 1950 and has now leveled back to the levels of 1950 and before.Note the graph at the upper right from the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA). It depicts the number of...
  • A Priest for Forty Hours

    05/16/2013 4:16:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | May 10, 2013 | Thomas Peters
    A Priest for Forty HoursBy Thomas Peters This incredible story came to me first via family.St. Joseph Parish in Maumee, Ohio posted this note to their Facebook page on Wednesday (it has already been viewed and shared thousands of times since then): As many of you know, our seminarian Deacon Scott Carroll has been battling cancer for some time. Although Scott looked forward to joining his classmates for ordination on June 22, 2013, it became clear this week that an earlier ordination might be prudent.On Wednesday morning, Bishop Blair ordained Fr. Scott to the Order of Presbyter. The ordination...
  • Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church

    04/28/2013 6:58:58 AM PDT · by Dacula · 73 replies
    reuters ^ | Apr. 28, 2013 | Mary Wisniewski
    In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.
  • The Episcopal Church: Nothing Like Consistency

    01/05/2013 10:56:28 AM PST · by Belteshazzar · 3 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 4, 2013 | Steven Hayward
    The very first newspaper op-ed article I ever published, way back in 1984, was about All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, which has long had a reputation as a leading progressive parish. I wrote about attending a meeting where a group of parishioners were reporting back on a recent visit to the newest workers paradise, Nic . . .now just wait for it!!yes, indeed, it was Nicaragua (or KNEE-car-AHHH-gua, if youre really au courant). Since this article was published in the pre-Internet age, I cant link to it, so heres the lede from my hard-copy archive:
  • Austrian woman who wants to celebrate Mass this Easter- full interview now published

    04/06/2012 11:39:48 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 6th April 2012 | Cathcon
    Delicts include the desecration of the confessional and sexual abuse of people in confession. When I think we are grouped with the abusers, I wonder how much all of this is upside down. They say we seek to fit ourselves into a role we are not entitled to. We say: the question is whether the clergy are not being presumptious when they take the distribution of the Sacrament on themselves. In addition, we will soon no longer have enough clerics. At that stage, we will have had to have thought about how we should deal with the problem. The...
  • Dissident pro-abortion ex-nun leaves the Catholic Church thanks be to God!

    12/16/2011 1:53:36 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | December 16, 2011 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    Joanna Manning December 15, 2011 ( - For over three decades Joanna Manning, a former nun turned lesbian feminist pro-abortion activist, plagued faithful Catholics, causing scandal, embarrassment and much frustration.  On November 27 Manning was made a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, a Church which has openly accepted homosexuality and abortion.  It was a day when, as her friend and fellow dissident Catholic Ted Schmidt wrote, “I am sure God smiled and the angels danced.” It’s a rare occurrence when I’m able to agree with Schmidt, but on this occasion, I do, and not for the reasons many...
  • Pink Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    07/30/2011 10:13:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | July 29, 2011 | Gail Deibler Finke
    The woman next to me loved the title: Pink Smoke Over the Vatican. I know, because she said, "Great title!" with a knowing laugh. There were a lot of knowing laughs in the theater Saturday morning, when the one-hour independent documentary about women's ordination had its Cincinnati debut. Perhaps the biggest came when the narrator explained that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the modern day name for The Holy Office of the Inquisition—which, though true, does sound a bit over the top. But not as over the top as clandestine ordinations on ships by incognito...
  • Vatican explains teaching on illicit ordinations [Catholic Caucus]

    06/14/2011 2:58:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | June 14, 2011
    Vatican City, Jun 13, 2011 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican issued a statement June 6 explaining the Churchs teachings on bishops ordained without the Pope's approval.The statement points out that illicit ordinations cause scandal and confusion, which must not be underestimated and that requireon the part of the bishops involvedthe need to recover their authority through signs of communion and penance that can be observed by all.The statement was published by the Vatican daily LOsservatore Romano.The statement does not refer to any specific country, but offers an overview of possible extenuating circumstances that relate to episcopal ordinations carried...
  • Five to be ordained in Wichita, Kansas [Catholic Caucus]

    05/22/2011 2:46:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 22, 2011 | Christopher M. Riggs
    Wichita, Kan., May 22, 2011 / 01:05 pm (CNA).- Five men will be ordained next weekend by Bishop Michael O. Jackels at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Wichita, Kansas. Four will be ordained to the priesthood and one to the transitional diaconate.David M. VossDavid M. Voss from Wichita will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at a Mass on Friday, May 27. He is finishing studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.Voss said as he looks forward to his ordination as a transitional deacon he is filled with gratefulness to God, Bishop Jackels, his seminaries, and his family.One would...
  • Vatican threatens new China bishop with excommunication

    11/24/2010 2:31:37 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | November 24, 2010
    The Vatican has threatened a bishop with excommunication after he was ordained by China's state-backed Catholic Church without papal approval. Pope Benedict XVI had learned of the ordination of Rev Joseph Guo Jincai "with deep regret" as it constituted a "grave violation" of Church law, it said.The Vatican also accused Beijing of "grave violations of freedom of religion and conscience" because it forced Vatican-approved bishops to attend the ceremony.China's estimated 10 million Catholics are split between followers of the Pope and members of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.The association is not in communion with Rome and refuses to accept the...
  • Men entering (UK Catholic) priesthood on the rise

    11/15/2010 12:38:55 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 15, 2010 | Peter Hutchison
    A total of 56 men began training for the priesthood in September this year, the National Office of Vocation said. That was up on the 49 who started the process to become priests in 2009. The rise coincided with the four-day visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Britain. Catholic leaders put the rise in applicants down to outreach programmes which were leading young men to ask questions about what was important in life to them. Many dioceses and religious orders now run discernment groups for young men and women where all vocations are discussed. Fr Christopher Jamison, Director of the...
  • A beautiful and uplifting tribute to priests [Catholic Caucus] Video Alert!

    10/28/2010 2:46:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | October 28, 2010 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Just in time for the observance of World Priest Day this weekend, a reader from Milwaukee sent me the video below, of this year's ordinations of priests. It's artfully produced, and carries a beautiful message. Take four minutes to watch it and feel inspired, and grateful. (And just try to watch it without weeping. It's that good.) The celebration of ordination to the priesthood is composed of three parts: The first part comprises the liturgy of the Word, during which God's Word is proclaimed and explained.In the second, we participate in the ordinarion to the priesthood.The third part...
  • A Sunday Without Women in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon

    09/26/2010 3:43:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Frates ^ | September 25, 2010
    Mary Magdalene: Will be attending... Despite their claims to the contrary, organizers behind Sunday’s scheduled world-wide protest ”A Sunday Without Women” are promoting women’s ordination and the boycotting of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass within the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. Promotional material for the event reads: Catholic women of the world unite. September 26 is the day to boycott Mass and pray for greater inclusion of women in the Catholic church. In her misguided call to empty pews in the hope of ”making the powers that be think again”, Irish convert and instigator of the protest, Jennifer Sleeman...
  • On the impossibility of women's ordination in the RCC

    09/01/2010 11:55:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Domine, da mihi hanc aquam ^ | August 31, 2010 | Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP, Ph.D.
    Given that a tiny group of ecclesial dinosaurs here in the U.K. are plastering London buses with pro-WO ads, I thought it might be time to revisit the issue in some detail. Below is a piece I posted back in 2008 at the request of a young Dominican friar who was asked about the Church's teaching on the impossibility of women's ordination to the Catholic priesthood. It's long, but I promised detail, right?! ________________________________________________________________ First, notice the origin and ground of the objections. All of them are based on one or more of the following mistakes: a) Priesthood is about...
  • Women and the Priesthood: A Theological Reflection

    07/18/2010 4:04:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | July 17, 2010 | Jean Galot, S.J.
    Editor's Note: The following excerpt is from the concluding chapter of Fr. Galot's Theology of the Priesthood, titled "The Mission of Woman and the Priesthood." It comes after examinations of the claim to a priesthood for women, the ecumenical situation, and the teachings of Jesus, the New Testament, and the Church. The tradition of the Church, firm and unchanging, rests on the fundamental fact which is Christ's own decision: Jesus chose only men to exercise the priestly ministry. His will revealed itself clearly in the choice of the Twelve, in the powers conferred upon them, and especially in the fact...
  • Vatican official: Anglican women bishops an enormous obstacle to Christian unity

    07/18/2010 6:50:22 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 45 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 16, 2010 | N/A
    In an interview published July 15, Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, called the prospect of the appointment of women bishops in the Church of England an enormous obstacle to Christian unity. All the Churches of the first millennium, Catholic, Eastern and Orthodox, state that only men can be ordained, he said. These Churches see the ordination of women as an illegitimate abandonment of authentic Tradition. It saddens us that on this point the Anglican Communion has left what we consider the essential Tradition of the Church since its beginning, he continued. But the...
  • Women's Ordination Conference: Vatican's 'scare tactics' appalling (Catholic Caucus)

    07/17/2010 3:10:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2010
    Today, Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) Executive Director Erin Saiz Hanna made the following statement in response to the Vatican's announcement that priests who sexually abuse minors, view child pornography, or sexually abuse mentally disabled adults, along with those who ordain women or women who attempt to be ordained, will now be included among the list of "delicta gravioria," or the most serious crimes against church law. The ordination of women is now classified as a "crime against the sacraments," which includes any action that defiles or desecrates the Eucharist. The Vatican's decision to list women's ordination in the same category...
  • Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse

    07/15/2010 1:19:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/15/2010 | John Hooper in Rome
    It was meant to be the document that put a lid on the clerical sex abuse scandals that have swept the Roman Catholic world. But instead of quelling fury from within and without the church, the Vatican stoked the anger of liberal Catholics and women's groups by including a provision in its revised decree that made the "attempted ordination" of women one of the gravest crimes in ecclesiastical law. The change put the "offence" on a par with the sex abuse of minors. Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, called the document "one of the most insulting and...
  • Of priests and possible priests to be

    06/18/2010 12:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 187+ views
    osv ^ | June 14, 2010 | Mary DeTurris Poust
    For the past nine months I’ve been working with eight Boy Scouts from my parish, including my own 13-year-old son, toward the completion of their Ad Altare Dei medal, a fairly rigorous religious program for Catholic Scouts that requires them to study the seven sacraments one by one. Service projects and prayers, Powerpoints and collages are all part of the “homework” that has to be done before they conclude with a weekend retreat. I recently helped the boys with the Holy Orders chapter and thought it would be a good experience for them to attend an actual ordination. So this...
  • Fr. Pfleger on Apology: They Made Me Do it, But I Didn't Mean it

    04/16/2010 2:59:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 704+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 16, 2010 | Patrick B. Craine
    CHICAGO, Illinois, April 16, 2010 ( In the latest episode in an ongoing controversy, Fr. Michael Pfleger has again publicly voiced his support for women's ordination, this time in a comment posted to his Facebook fan page. In that comment, he also notes that the archdiocese made him issue the apology he put out on Wednesday.Sunday, I mentioned in my Sermon that I believe in married Priests and Woman Priests, the Facebook comment reads. I was then told that I had to apologize for saying it durning [sic] a Sermon because that is not allowed, even though that is...
  • Barbie Gets Ordained, and Has the Smells-and-Bells Wardrobe to Match

    04/06/2010 7:01:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies · 838+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/5/10 | Leanne Larmondin
    (RNS) With her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie has at last found her true calling: as a second-career Episcopal priest. The 11.5-inch-tall fictional graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif., has donned a cassock and surplice and is rector at St. Barbaras-by-the-Sea in (where else?) Malibu, Calif. She arrived at the church fully accessorized, as is Barbies custom. Her impeccably tailored ecclesiastical vestments include various colored chasubles (the sleeveless vestments worn at Mass) for every liturgical season, black clergy shirt with white collar, neat skirt and heels, a laptop with prepared...
  • Dissident Lutherans: bullying over gays

    12/19/2009 9:30:46 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies · 810+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, December 19, 2009 | Wayne M. Anderson
    A decision to ordain actively gay clergy has caused deep fissures in the nation's largest Lutheran church group, with some traditional Lutherans saying they have been subjected to threats and retaliation as they consider breaking away. Several disaffected members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) say the decision made at the church's national convention in Minneapolis in August could prompt a major exodus from one of America's biggest Protestant denominations. "I wouldn't even begin to tell you how many thousands [of calls] I've gotten," said Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran Coalition for Renewal, or CORE, a national coalition...
  • Vatican says 'no' to use of Catholic church for Anglican ordination

    11/23/2009 6:00:38 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 531+ views
    cna ^ | November 23, 2009
    Bishop Joseph Grech / Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto Bendigo, Australia, Nov 23, 2009 / 05:06 pm (CNA).- The Vatican has said no to the use of a Catholic church in Australia for the ordination of four women and three men as Anglican Deacons. St. Killian's Catholic Church in the Australian Diocese of Sandhurst was proposed as the ordination site after the local Anglican cathedral was closed due to safety concerns.According to The Advertiser, the ordination was set to take place at the Catholic church before the Catholic Bishop Joseph Grech of the Diocese of Sandherst addressed the issue with Archbishop...
  • The campaign for Catholic women priests: 'stealth priestesses' break cover

    09/19/2009 3:28:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 1,049+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2009 | Damian Thompson
    Chris Gillibrand of Cathcon has this picture of the “pastoral team” of a parish in Linz, Austria, a diocese where crypto-Protestant liberal priests disguise their women friends as ordained clergy. The woman on the right is dressed in a garment clearly indicating that she is a deacon. In fact – no offence – she is no more a Catholic deacon than the MacBook on which I’m writing this post. Women masquerading as ordained Catholic clergy in Linz “Stealth priestesses” is the way these ladies are described by their opponents (ie, orthodox Catholics). The use of the word “priestess” might seem...
  • Majority of Episcopalians Favor Scrapping Ban on Gay Ordination

    07/13/2009 5:38:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,325+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/12/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopalians overwhelmingly favor tossing a previously approved resolution that bans ordaining openly gay bishops. In discussions that began Thursday afternoon and continued Friday morning during The Episcopal Church's triennial General Convention, Episcopalians spoke frankly, testifying passionately either for throwing out the ban or against rescinding it. "Gays and lesbians are asked to make sacrifices the rest of us are not asked to make," said the Rev. J. Frederick Barber of Fort Worth, according to the Episcopal News Service. Debate centered on resolution B033, which was approved by the General Convention in 2006. It calls for restraint in ordaining bishops "whose...
  • Vatican: Saint Pius X ordinations are 'illegitimate'

    06/17/2009 9:31:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 670+ views
    Earth Times ^ | June 17, 2009
    Vatican City - The Vatican said Wednesday is would consider "illegitimate" any attempts to ordain new priests by an ultra-traditionalist Catholic group involved in a recent row over Holocaust denial. In a statement, the Vatican quoted a letter by Pope Benedict XVI addressed in March to Catholic bishops, in which he stated that members of the renegade Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) would be barred from official roles within the Church unless they agreed to fully abide with its teachings. Such teachings included the so-called Second Vatican reforms of the 1960s, when local languages replaced Latin in the mass...
  • Archdiocese of Newark leads the nation in priestly ordinations

    05/27/2009 5:52:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 538+ views
    cna ^ | May 27, 2009
    Some of the seminarians ordained priests for Newark. Credit: The Catholic Advocate Newark, N.J., May 27, 2009 / 06:35 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Newark on Saturday ordained 13 priests, the United States largest ordination class of 2009. The men were ordained by Archbishop of Newark John J. Myers at a morning Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. Ten of the ordinands were foreign-born, with three from Colombia, two from Nigeria, and one each from Italy, Ecuador, South Korea, the Dominican Republic and Hungary.Several of the foreign-born priests grew up in...
  • Priests must abide in Christ through prayer, Pope teaches (ordains 19 priests)

    05/04/2009 9:49:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 429+ views
    CNA ^ | May 4, 2009
    Vatican City, May 4, 2009 / 10:37 am (CNA).- On the fourth Sunday of Easter, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass at the Vatican Basilica and conferred priestly ordination on 19 deacons for the Diocese of Rome. In his homily, the Holy Father cautioned of a worldly mentality and emphasized the importance of prayer and imitating Christ. Speaking to the congregation yesterday, on a day known as Good Shepherd Sunday, Benedict XVI explained how Jesus disciples experienced the same joy as Jesus in knowing God the Father, but they also shared in Christs pain in seeing that the love of God is...
  • N.J. woman ordained as a priest in controversial ceremony (another deluded wannabe priestess)

    04/27/2009 10:01:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 883+ views
    Star Leger ^ | April 26, 2009 | Jeff Diamant
    PHILADELPHIA Last July, Mary Ann Schoettly was automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church after a ceremony that she says made her a deacon, a ceremony conducted in willful defiance of her religion's ban on ordaining women. Today, in the eyes of a small group of renegade Catholics who believe women should be allowed into the Catholic priesthood, the 66-year-old Sussex County resident was ordained a priest, in a controversial ceremony held at a synagogue. "It's a very fulfilling experience," said Schoettly, a retired high school biology teacher and the 47th female priest associated with the international group Roman Catholic Womenpriests....