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  • I am a gay priest who is happy': Vatican official fired after coming out on eve of Church conf.

    10/05/2015 9:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Sarah Kaplan
    On Saturday evening, as hundreds of bishops convened in Rome for a major church assembly on family issues, former Vatican priest Krzysztof Charamsa headed a mile across town to a different gathering: the founding meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a group of 13 organizations advocating for inclusion of gays in the church. Charamsa had lost his job just before, when he was fired from his position in the Vaticans doctrine office after announcing that he was gay and introducing reporters to his boyfriend. I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay...
  • Priest attacked by activists, media, and even his diocese for calling homosexuality a disorder

    09/25/2015 9:06:33 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/25/15 | Sofia Vazquez-Mellado
    "Priest attacked by activists, media, and even his diocese for calling homosexuality a disorder - but he wont back down" After being viciously attacked by media last June for saying homosexuality is a psychological disorder, Mexican priest Fernando Ovalle, chancellor for the Archdiocese of San Luis Potosi, has recently confirmed he stands by his previous comments and is not backing down. I didnt say any lies or anything false, he said, according to media reports. That is my stance, it is a disorder, because Im sharing my view as a pastor from people that come, that ask for help and...
  • Suspended priest convicted of charges in sex tourism case

    09/23/2015 11:06:35 AM PDT · by bgill · 35 replies
    kxan ^ | Sept. 22, 2015 | AP
    A Roman Catholic priest accused of traveling to Honduras to molest poor street children during missionary trips was convicted on Tuesday of several charges. Federal jurors convicted the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr. of charges including three of four counts related to sex abuse of boys during trips to a Honduran orphanage. Maurizio was accused of traveling abroad from 2004 to 2009 to have sex with three young boys, a charge known as sexual tourism. He also was convicted of possession of child pornography and illegally transferring money to a charity to help fund the trips. Jurors acquitted him of another...
  • Miami Priest To Pope Francis: Why Condemn Capitalism So Strongly,But Not Communism?

    09/22/2015 2:39:29 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies ^ | September 22, 2015 | Frances Martel
    Prominent Cuban-American priest, Father Alberto Cuti, questions Pope Francis apparently warm attitude towards the Castro dictatorship during his visit to Cuba this week, asking in a Miami Herald column, Why do you so strongly condemn capitalism but we never see an equally strong condemnation of atheist communism?
  • Dramatic moment heroic priest ripped off his shirt to help stem the blood loss

    09/14/2015 11:36:15 AM PDT · by mware · 34 replies ^ | 10:08 EST, 14 September 2015 | By Anneta Konstantinides and Josh Gardner For
    Cynthia Oliver, 55, has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment after allegedly ordering the animals to attack Police said she let her two pit bulls off their leash after arguing with Francesco Bove outside her apartment in the Bronx Father Jonathan Morris of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx offered Bove his last rites but insisted he fight on as hard as possible Shocking footage filmed from an apartment above the street shows the man being dragged and mauled by the dogs Police said Bove suffered severe nerve damage to his arms and lacerations to his...
  • traditional Latin Mass

    08/18/2015 10:41:07 PM PDT · by IgnatiusAntioch ^ | August 17, 2015 | Brother Andr Marie
    Saint Benedict Center is losing our resident priest, who has been with us the last almost five years. We are looking for another priest to fill that role as soon as possible. Here in southern New Hampshire are a small group of religious brothers, sisters, and traditional Catholic lay faithful (200+ on Sundays). We have a small school, too, and do some publishing, such as this web site. Interested priests who are able to offer the traditional Latin Mass are asked to call or send inquiries to Brother Andr Marie: Email: bam [at] catholicism [dot] org Office: 603-239-6485 Mobile: 603-762-2148...
  • Milwaukee archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with sexual abuse victims

    08/05/2015 12:59:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies ^ | Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | Amy R. Connolly
    Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome E. Listecki, seen here in 2011, announced the archdiocese reached a $21 million settlement with 330 victims of sexual abuse by clergy members. Photo by Amg910/CC MILWAUKEE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Tuesday it has agreed to pay $21 million to hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy, clearing the way for the archdiocese to emerge from its five-year bankruptcy. Under the agreement, 330 of the 570 who filed sexual abuse claims in the bankruptcy will get financial settlements of varying amounts determined by a court-ordered...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-15, OM, Bl. Junipero Serra, Priest

    06/30/2015 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 07-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 1, 2015 Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 21:5, 8-20a Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Isaac grew, and on the day of the childs weaning Abraham held a great feast. Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing with her son Isaac; so she demanded of Abraham: Drive out that slave and her son! No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance with my son Isaac! Abraham was greatly distressed, especially on account of his son Ishmael....
  • Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth told doctor he may have sexually abused hundreds of children

    06/22/2015 6:12:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Irish Mirror Online ^ | Monday, June 22, 2015 | Lesley-Anne McKeown
    The notorious cleric made the admission in February 1994 - the year he was jailed for his crimes Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth told a doctor he may have sexually abused hundreds of children, an inquiry has heard. The notorious cleric made the admission in February 1994 - the year he was jailed for his crimes. He said: "Over the years of religious life it could be that I have sexually abused between 50 and 100 children. That number could even be doubled or perhaps even more." Northern Ireland's long-running Historical Abuse Inquiry is holding a focused module into how Smyth,...
  • 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...
  • Husband, father, deaconand soon, a priest

    05/08/2015 3:22:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | May 5, 2015 | BRENDAN MONAHAN
    Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live.In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s.She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. They raised five kids together and built their lives around each other.Jim’s faith kept him poised throughout the illness, and he felt the call to the priesthood before her death. He cared for Cindy until her passing in July 2008 at 51 years old in their Jacksonville, Florida home.“I...
  • Archbishop Cordileone Sends Back-Up to Priest Under Attack

    05/01/2015 8:21:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/1/2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A solid new school chaplain takes over today at a San Francisco Catholic community that's recently been targeted by the media for its pastor's altar boys-only policy. Star of the Sea School, part of the same community as Star of the Sea parish, will now be ministered by Fr. Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, who's described as "a priest of impeccable orthodoxy." The parish's pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, co-founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, has been under attack since last November, when he announced the parish will only be training boys to serve at the...
  • Priest: Ill never profane the sacraments by following Kaspers proposal...

    04/25/2015 6:37:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/24/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Priest: Ill never profane the sacraments by following Kaspers proposal, no matter who tells me to do it" Unto the encouragement of those loyal parts of the Catholic Church that are keenly concerned about the rise and growing influence of Walter Cardinal Kasper and his lenient proposals to slacken the Church's discipline concerning adultery, there is a growing resistance against this ambiguous and subversive relaxation, and it is coming from several countries. We shall thus consider now four different voices that show to us a highly differentiated resolve and loyal love for the Faith in resistance against those who would...
  • A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great

    10/23/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archidocese of Washington ^ | 1023-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great By: Msgr. Charles PopeA former Archbishop of Washington was known to often remark, “There’s nothing deader than a dead priest.” Some wondered as to the meaning of this expression, and those who knew him the best explained that it was a sort of version of the old Latin expression Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the worst thing of all).Of all the men on the planet who need to be alive, vocal, clear, and active, the priest is...
  • Catholic Priest who Alleged Sexual Bullying 'Injured Reputation of Church', Says Tribunal

    04/22/2015 6:43:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 4/20/15 | Mark Woods
    A Roman Catholic priest in Scotland who alleged there was a culture of sexual bullying in seminaries stretching back decades has been found guilty by a Church tribunal of injuring the reputation of the Church and its clergy. Father Matthew Despard, who was suspended from his parish at St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, made the claims in a self-published book entitled 'Priesthood in Crisis'.The e-book has been removed from sale on Amazon's Kindle service following legal threats by priests who said they had been defamed, but its description says that it is "a story of one priest's experience...
  • Priest arrested for exorcism on anorexic girl

    03/21/2015 2:12:22 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    The Local es ^ | 3/18/15 | The Local es
    A judge in Burgos has called for the arrest of exorcist, Jess Hernndez Sahagn, along with the girls priest after she went through 13 exorcisms while still a minor. Sahagn, the official exorcist of Valladolid, is facing charges of gender violence, causing injury and mistreatment according to local newspaper, Diario de Burgos, and has been asked to make a statement on the events. The events date back to 2012, when the girl began to suffer from anorexia. According to El Pas, her religious parents became convinced she was possessed by the devil and decided to have their child exorcised. She...
  • (Re-post) Priest Ejected while Pro-abort Politician Honored

    03/19/2015 7:47:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Daily Catholic ^ | April 5, 2001
    NEWARK, New Jersey, Apr. 4, 01 ( - Father Peter West, a staff member at the Priests for Life group in New Jersey, was recently physically thrown out of a Catholic school hall while a pro-abortion politician was being honored inside. While not a Priests for Life-sponsored event, Father West and a group of 15 pro-lifers protested the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newark on Sunday, March 18. Their complaint was that pro-abortion politician Jim McGreevey, the Democrat candidate for governor, was appointed grand marshal of the parade. Father West noted that much of the parade and events afterward...
  • A priests conversion: traditional practice of Faith causes him to get it now

    03/11/2015 7:17:52 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 3/10/15 | Tantumblogo
    My wife is a big fan of Fr. Richard Heilman of Madison, WI. He is a regular diocesan priest who oversees several parishes but who has found the great beauty and rewards from the traditional practice of the Faith, and especially the Traditional Latin Mass. He relates in a recent post how his experience of tradition has made him a much better priest and has fired his external apostolate, reaching out to random souls encountered in the world and bringing them back to the Sacraments. Note, this return nascent though it may be is not through watering down...
  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 3:54:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140813 | Marcus Grodi / Terrence Staples
    Fr. Terry is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Raised in the Baptist Church, he was later very active in the Assembly of God church before finding his way home to the Catholic Church at the age of 26. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1995 he graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA, with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts. That same year he was ordained a priest for the Arlington Diocese. He is the brother of Catholic apologist Tim Staples.
  • Body of Ugandan Priest Found in Mexican Mass Grave

    11/14/2014 3:41:48 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2014
    IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) - The body of a Roman Catholic priest from Uganda who went missing in southwestern Mexico has been found in a mass grave as authorities search for the remains of 43 missing trainee teachers feared massacred, the local diocese said on Friday.The remains of the priest, identified as John Ssenyondo, were dug up about a week ago and identified by the recovered skull as well as dental records. He had been missing since May, the state attorney general's office said."It was found in a mass grave with six other bodies," said a spokesperson for the diocese of...
  • Cambridge University hears ex-priest's journey to Islam

    02/09/2015 8:49:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 February 2011
    Mr Tawfiq said: "It's not that I went looking for Islam. Islam came looking for me. "I loved my former life and my work, but now I've found a peace that I never knew before." Mr Tawfiq explained that he made the decision to leave the priesthood when he realised how lonely he was. "I left my job, but not the Catholic religion," he said. "I had no intention of changing my faith. That wasn't part of the plan at all." "My Christian faith slid away slowly and Islam became more and more important. "I play down my Catholic priesthood,...
  • Why Priests Are Called Father

    02/09/2015 2:55:55 PM PST · by NYer · 79 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 5, 2015 | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    Q: A Baptist friend asked me, “Why do we call priests ‘Father’ when Jesus told us not to call anyone on earth ‘father?'” How would you answer this question?This question refers to Jesus’s teaching found in the Gospel of St. Matthew, when He said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father. Only One is your Father, the One in heaven” (Mt 23:9). Taken literally, we would have to wonder why we do use this title “Father” when Jesus seems to forbid it. First, we must remember the context of the passage. Jesus is addressing the hypocrisy of the...
  • Christ Our High Priest In Heaven

    02/07/2015 4:12:53 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 13 replies
    Since then we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession HEBREWS 4:14 This is a valuable text to consider. Its value is that it summarizes much of the teaching of the book of Hebrews. It enables us, in other words, to get a handle on the whole of Hebrews. Further, it provides us with this summary, not in a remote, academic way, but in a way that bears very directly on our lives. In particular, we will see, it has a crucial bearing on the...
  • 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...
  • Dublin priest says he is gay during Mass receives standing ovation

    01/10/2015 7:51:05 AM PST · by ebb tide · 90 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 1-09-15 | Cathy Haynes
    A Dublin priest received a standing ovation from his congregation this week as he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland and came out to his parishioners. Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street in Dublins city center for 15 years, opened up to his congregation at the Saturday night Mass. He also confided in his Sunday morning congregation. Dolan is the only priest in the parish. Calling on his Dublin city congregation to support same sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum, set for the end May,...
  • BBC TV's Ballykissangel: Did this stir up any controversy?

    11/19/2014 2:33:15 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 7 replies
    IMDB ^ | 11/19/2014 | Vanity
    I've been binge watching an ITV series on Amazon Prime. It ran from 1996-2001. Storyline Peter Clifford, a young Catholic priest from Manchester, is transferred to the village of Ballykissangel, Ireland, and is taken by the dry-humored publican Assumpta Fitzgerald who has almost the exact opposite of his good nature and dislikes the organized church. He has to deal with occasional battles against his hateful superior, Father MacAnally, and the day-to-day problems of the people:
  • Mexico missing: Ugandan priest identified in mass grave

    11/15/2014 7:02:58 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | anon
    Forensic experts in Mexico have identified the body of a Ugandan Catholic priest among the remains found in a mass grave last month. Father John Ssenyondo had been missing since being kidnapped in south-western Guerrero state six months ago. The grave was located by federal police looking for 43 students who went missing in the area on 26 September. ...
  • I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead

    10/25/2014 9:19:13 AM PDT · by millegan · 425 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Ill call him Fr. John. He was a charismatic Anglo Catholic priest. A friend of my brother Daryls well call Henry died suddenly in a plane crash and he was upset because although Henry was a believer he was away from God when he died. So Fr. John said, We have to have a requiem Mass for Henry. They went into church and locked the door for privacys sake. Another priest well call Fr. George celebrated the Mass. Henry was about twenty years old. He was just over five foot tall with a shock of blonde hair and a wide...
  • Spanish priest hospitalized in Madrid with Ebola symptoms

    10/16/2014 9:20:28 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 23 replies
    Reuters via The Star ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Reporting by Andres Gonzalez, writing by Sarah White; Editing by Julien Toyer
    MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish priest who worked in Africa has been taken to hospital in Madrid with symptoms of Ebola, a hospital source said on Thursday. The priest had been in Liberia and had been in contact there with people infected with Ebola, El Mundo newspaper reported, adding he was hospitalized on Thursday after developing a fever of over 37.6 degrees Celsius. He was in the same religious order as two other Spanish priests who were repatriated from West Africa in recent weeks with the disease, and who later died in Madrid, the newspaper said.
  • Tragedy in Birmingham

    08/03/2011 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    Father James E. Coyle, an extraordinary priest and Knight of Columbus in the early 20th century, courageously stood up against widely-held anti-Catholic views at the risk, and then cost, of his life.The Irish-born priest was scarcely in his 20s when, after his ordination in Rome, he was dispatched to Alabama to begin his priesthood. The Catholic population in Alabama had exploded with a promise of jobs, especially in and around Birminghams network of coal mines, steel mills and iron foundries. Father Coyle arrived in the city shortly before a wave of anti-Catholicism flooded the country, and the revived Ku...
  • Statement on the Death of Father Benedict J. Groeschel

    10/04/2014 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 6 replies
    The Catholic Church and the Franciscan family lost a giant today. This moment is one that finds the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) with mixed emotions, as we are deeply saddened by the loss of Fr. Benedict but also relieved that God has set him free from the physical and mental suffering he has experienced over the past decade. The world knew Father Benedict as a priest, teacher, evangelist, retreat master, and a steadfast defender of and advocate for the Catholic Church that he loved so much. The members of his religious family saw all these...
  • Priest guilty of child rape in Canada (plus one sled dog)

    09/14/2014 12:31:50 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 42 replies
    Sky News ^ | 9/13/2014 | Sky News
    A defrocked Catholic priest has been found guilty of raping dozens of children and a sled dog in the Canadian Arctic, where he worked as a missionary for decades. The Belgian-born Eric Dejaeger, 67, was on Friday convicted of 31 counts of sexual offences against children and one count of bestiality. At the start of his trial last November in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada's northernmost Nunavut territory, Dejaeger acknowledged and pleaded guilty to eight out of 80 original charges.
  • West Side Cleveland priest pleads guilty to solicitation; sentenced to early intervention program

    09/06/2014 11:29:53 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 33 replies ^ | 09/05/2014 | James F McCarty
    A West Side priest pleaded guilty this morning to soliciting sex from an undercover ranger at Edgewater Park last October while failing to divulge he was carrying the AIDS virus. Under provisions of a plea bargain reached with prosecutors, the Rev. James McGonegal, 69, the former pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, will enter an early intervention program. The agreement allows McGonegal to avoid a felony conviction if he successfully completes the program. At that point, the case would be dismissed and his record expunged. He also must perform 50 hours of community service and continue out-patient treatment begun...
  • Church bailed out abusive priest Wilfred Baker by paying his rent

    08/28/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 8/27/2014 | Shannon Deery
    THE Catholic Church paid more than $40,000 in rent for a convicted paedophile priest who molested at least eight young boys and was set to stand trial on a string of new charges before he died earlier this year. Wilfred Bakers crimes against children were so horrific he was placed on administrative leave in 1997 and never again worked as a priest, and was officially laicised in September 2012. But the Herald Sun can reveal the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne paid Bakers rent for at least four years until his death in February, despite his sickening record of abuse on...
  • Rome's Chief Exorcist Reveals the Secrets of Hell

    08/09/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Aleteia ^ | August 8, 2014
    Don Gabriele Amorth recounts his mentor's advice on how to talk to the Devil. In 2012, the cause of beatification and canonization for Fr. Candido Amantini, a Passionist priest who served as the exorcist for the diocese of Rome for 36 years at the Scala Santa, was taken upin Rome.His most famous disciple (who is considered to be his successor) is 87 year old Don Gabriele Amorth, who wanted to participate in the opening ceremony of the process. The Pauline priest, who recently published the book,The Last Exorcist,wished to remember the Passionist Father and told us about the time when...
  • Ebola virus kills Spanish priest

    08/12/2014 4:35:18 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.08.2014 | D-W staff
    Miguel Pajares, a Spanish priest who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, has died of the disease. He was the first European Ebola patient to be flown back to Europe for treatment. The 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest has died in a Madrid hospital, Spanish authorities confirmed on Tuesday. Pajares, who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia - one of the hardest hit countries in the current outbreak - was airlifted from Liberia on August 7. He had been working for an NGO in the Liberian capital Monrovia. Pajares was one of only three people who have been treated with an...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk: UPDATE on imprisonment of Father Tikhon

    07/08/2014 4:20:40 PM PDT · by · 1 replies
    Just a delegation consisting of the Roman Catholic sayaschennika father Nicholas Greek Catholic priest Yuri Yurchik, Pastor Sergei Jamb, and Mufti Said Ismagilov met with the mayor of Donetsk Lukyanchenko to petition for kidnapped father Tikhon Sergius Kulbaka. Going to the meeting, we already knew that he was in the custody of the so-called Russian Orthodox army. Mayor promised at a meeting with Boroday to intercede for the release of Father Tikhon. Much more we were informed by journalists as we left the press conference with the mayor. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL journalist Philip Shishkin advised us to go enter...
  • Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession

    07/08/2014 9:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn’t. It primarily related to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with an indirect reference to the constitutional freedom of religious expression. A case in Louisiana may be the real McCoy, though. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a priest must testify in a case about what he heard in a confessional — an order that would result in automatic excommunication and damnation, according to the doctrine and canon law of the Catholic Church: The state high court’s decision, rendered...
  • Two priests shot at Valley church (Phoenix FSSP)

    06/12/2014 7:12:20 AM PDT · by pbear8 · 69 replies
    AZFamily News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Jason Volentine
    One priest is dead and another in critical condition after a violent altercation at a downtown Phoenix church, according to Phoenix police.
  • Police: Priest Killed in Attack at Phoenix Church

    06/12/2014 5:21:41 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 24 replies ^ | June 12, 2014 | Katie Bieri
    <p>PHOENIX (AP) — Police say one priest was shot and killed and another was wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in downtown Phoenix. Sgt. Steve Martos says police received a call about a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • The door is always open: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | 06/11/2014
    ROME Pope Francis says he believes that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma and the door is always open to change. Francis made similar comments when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires but his remarks to reporters on a plane returning from a Middle East trip were the first he has made since becoming pope. Celibacy is not a dogma, he said Monday in answer to a question about whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian Churches. It is a...
  • Priest's 'Hallelujah' Gets High Praise (Fr. Kelly's rendition of Leonard Cohen's song at wedding)

    04/13/2014 7:47:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 04/13/2014 | Eric Scheiner
    The video of Father Ray Kelly's version of Leonard Cohens Hallelujah was taped at a recent wedding in Ireland and has become an internet sensation. The priest from Oldcastle, Ireland, is a trained singer but he told reporters that the couple had no idea what was going to happen. Father Kelly changed the lyrics to make the song more suitable for a wedding. A look at video from the ceremony indicates that the audience loved it. According to BBC News, Father Kelly is currently working on his third album. "I keep saying this will be my last because this year...
  • Catholic Priests Who Become Non-Catholic Ministers

    04/04/2014 3:49:02 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Recently, a Catholic priest in our area left to become pastor of an Episcopal church. If we assume for a moment that the Episcopal liturgy contains the valid words of Institution, and if we assume that valid matter was used, does he confect the Eucharist? Patrick A: Sad to say, the case cited by Patrick is far from unique. In certain countries with a sizeable Episcopal community, one far too frequently encounters priests who have left the Catholic Church to join the Church of Englandoften in order to get married while still remaining in some sort of ministryand who...
  • Our Monsignor spoke courageously today, he is an inspiration

    03/30/2014 5:51:43 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 16 replies
    vanity | vanity
    Today the monsignor who was clearly ailing and had a nosebleed came right out and said abortion is wrong and sex is for marriage. He soldiered through the Mass. He is an inspiration.
  • Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

    08/17/2013 2:21:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2013
    Santiago, Chile, Aug 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood. “How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.” “I am convinced of what I believe, of what I am and of what I speak, clearly by the grace of God,” he told CNA....
  • Catholic Caucus: What I Gave Up By Not Being A Priest

    03/08/2014 7:17:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Seton Magazine ^ | 03.06.14 | John Clark
    Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings. Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not. The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way. There are some obvious ways to do that: talk about my (very imperfect) love of God, pray with them, and take them to liturgy and the sacraments. But I also believe that part of that grace is the ability to explain the priesthood in a positive and encouraging...
  • Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism

    02/16/2014 6:02:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | February 12, 2014 | PAUL LIKOUDIS
    Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism February 12, 2014 Frontpage No Comments By PAUL LIKOUDISThe horror of World War I, preoccupied with massive humanitarian projects on behalf of widows, orphans, and prisoners of war, engaged in intense diplomatic initiatives to defend the rights of the Church in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Pope Benedict XV issued an encyclical Humani Generis Redemptionem on June 15, 1917, which blamed ineffective preaching by priests for the decline in morals and civilizations backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is...
  • Famed Exorcist Comes to Miami, Puts Santeria on Blast

    01/21/2014 3:40:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Tue., Jan. 21 2014 | Allie Conti
    Father Jose Antonio Fortea, author of a famous treaty on demonology, spent about an hour with the press at Miami's Archdiocese on Friday. He framed the conversation around the idea that people are turning toward secular solutions or other faiths to overcome spiritual obstacles. Fortea, who is from Spain, said that although exorcisms are uncommon last-ditch resorts, the Vatican has emphasized the rite in recent years out of necessity. The Catholic Church does not advertise the number of exorcisms it approves annually, but some statistics do exist: Between 1991 and 2001, the number of Catholic demon-expellers in the United States...
  • Pastors are not Interchangeable Parts A Reflection on an Article By George Weigel

    07/24/2013 1:43:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 23, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    George Weigel recently published an article in First Things that offers a good critique of a common practice in most U.S. Dioceses, that of moving pastors every six to ten years. While some priests are lucky enough to stay longer, most find themselves moving every six or more years. Frankly, both priests and parishes usually suffer as a result.There are, of course times when it is a good idea for a pastor to move on. Sometimes he is a poor match for the parish in question, sometimes there has been a change in the parish for which he is ill-equipped...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Celebrant Goes to the Chair

    08/22/2010 10:15:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/25/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    After reverencing the altar the celebrant goes to the chair. Now perhaps a word or two on the chair is called for. Some one may wonder why the priest has a chair of some prominence. Why does he not simply sit among the faithful and come forward as necessary? Here again, there is a history to know. In the ancient world, the Chair was a symbol of authority and office. We still have something of this today in the concept of the Judges Bench. The chair was also a symbol in the ancient world of teaching authority. It is...