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  • Anecdotal Confirmation of Increase in Priestly Vocations

    09/18/2010 4:12:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | September 12, 2010 | John Bergsma
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 Anecdotal Confirmation of Increase in Priestly Vocations Michael Barber had a great post below about growing numbers of religious vocations in the Catholic Church in America. I believe I've seen confirming evidence of this trend at the school where I teach, the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Franciscan has always had a strong pre-theologate program, with a fairly steady enrollment of about 50 guys at any given time. (A pre-theologate prepares men to enter a major seminary). Franciscan campus culture is heavily dominated by "households", our alternative to the Greek system. A "household" is a community of...
  • The Coming Explosion in Vocations: Seminaries & Convents Filling Up Fast! [Catholic Caucus]

    09/11/2010 11:42:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 09-10-10 | Michael Barber/Tim Drake
    The Coming Explosion in Vocations: Seminaries & Convents Filling Up Fast! Tim Drake is one of my favorite Catholic journalists--he always seems to have the inside scoop. Now he has another great article, this time about the explosion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Here I'll post his story. Later I'll tell you about my friend Brother Cajetan, who made his "simple profession" of vows last month in August--I was there and it was a glorious! But before the anecdotal account, here's the bigger story Brother Cajetan is a part of: Take a look at some of the...
  • 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...
  • The Soutane: A Sign of the Avant-Garde of the New Clergy

    Editor: The Soutane is a prayer. An outer sign of the inner decay of the PresbyteriumFather Hendrick Jole in Interview: The Soutane is the sure sign of the avant-garde of the new clergy. [] "I decided some years ago to wear the soutane," says the Mainz Priest, Father Hendrick Jolie, on Monday in an interview with Linz website, ''.Father Jolie sees the priestly robe in connection with Benedict XVI's approach to the "hermeneutic of continuity":"The Pope maintains with this formula that there are not "two Churches" -- one before and one after the Council, rather one Roman Catholic Church."
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CLERGY, 08-18-10

    08/18/2010 9:05:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 08-18-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CLERGY Those specially ordained for Divine Service as deacons, priests, or bishops. In this sense the clergy form the Church's hierarchy. Entrance into the clerical state now takes place when a man is ordained deacon. Formerly it was at the time he received first tonsure. (Etym. Latin clericus; from Greek kleros, lot, portion; the clergy whose portion is the Lord.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • It Was the Rosary: Mainz Priest Talks About His Vocation

    08/17/2010 12:23:38 AM PDT · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/16/2010 | Tancred
    The mixed marriage of parents of the well-known Mainz Priest, Father Hendrick Jolie, produced an alienation from religion in his family. But suddenly, everything changed and nothing was the same as it was. [] I was not "unpious" as a young person, explained the well-known Mainz Priest, Father Hendrick Jolie, in an interview today with the Linz site ''. The clergyman came from a mixed marriage. "It created a kind of distance from the Church," according to him.
  • Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)

    08/11/2010 9:32:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | not given |
    Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With Jump to: The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)The 7 Corporal Works of MercyThe 7 Spiritual Works of MercyThe 3 Eminent Good WorksThe 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)The 12 Fruits of the Holy GhostThe 3 Theological VirtuesThe 4 Cardinal VirtuesThe 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary VirtuesThe 6 Sins Against the Holy GhostThe 4 Sins That Cry Out to HeavenThe 3 Conditions of Mortal SinThe 9 Ways We Participate in Others' SinsThe 10 CommandmentsThe 2 Greatest CommandmentsThe 3 Evangelical CounselsThe 6 Precepts of the ChurchThe Holy Days of Obligation (English)The...
  • From NY Post to the Priesthood (Editorialist heads off to the seminary_

    08/10/2010 12:13:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cmr ^ | August 10, 2010 | Patrick Archbold
    From NY Post To The Priesthood Writers for the NY Post are, shall we say, a special breed. When one is used to seeing the NY Post it takes more than a ribald headline or a lewd lede to jolt. But perhaps this will do it... FROM THE POST TO PRIEST "John Wilson, a columnist and editorial writer for the New York Post, is hanging up his pen and pad for some priestly vestments."You read that right. An editorial writer for the funnest newspaper in town is heading up the Hudson to Dunwoodie (St. Joseph's Seminary) in Yonkers to study...
  • 'Being a woman priest is what I feel I am called to do' (Irish maidens)

    08/02/2010 10:28:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 8+ views
    Irish Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | PATSY McGARRY
    Soline Humbert outside the Church of St ThĂ©rĂ©se, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Cardinal Daly refused to accept from her a 10,000-name petition calling for women priests. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh The Vatican’s directive confirming its policy of excommunication for those involved in the ordination of women has been greeted with defiance by dissidents in the US and dismay by Irish campaigners‘SHOCKING.” “A travesty.” “A slap in the face.” “The action of a paranoid, scared, running-for-cover Vatican.” Those are just some of the phrases used by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan to describe the latest directive from Rome on the ordination of women.The...
  • Letters unlock doors for priest with Alzheimer's

    07/30/2010 4:23:03 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Catholic Review ^ | July 29, 2010 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    After attempting suicide several years ago at a Cumberland penitentiary, a prisoner spent his days lying alone on the floor of his tiny cell. Staring at the ceiling and speaking few words, the man seemed lost. Father Milton A. Hipsley, then the pastor of St. Mary in Cumberland and a chaplain for the area’s prisons, was moved by the man’s despair. Wearing his black clerics and white collar, the priest entered the cell and lay down beside the motionless figure. He became a channel of God’s mercy. “Inmates are good people,” Father Hipsley remembered. “They are lonely and they’re frustrated....
  • [Cath Caucus]After exposé, Vicariate of Rome asks clergy leading 'double lives' to leave priesthood

    07/23/2010 10:27:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 4+ views
    cna ^ | July 23, 2010
    Rome, Italy, Jul 23, 2010 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- After an Italian media report exposed sexual activity by gay priests in Rome, the Vicariate of Rome responded quickly by calling on all priests who are leading such "double lives" to come out and leave the priesthood for the good of the Church community. The Italian weekly magazine Panorama ran a feature story on Friday morning titled, "The wild nights of gay priests." The article tracks three supposed priests, monitoring their behavior in gay nightclubs and soliciting them for sexual encounters by way of male prostitutes hired by the magazine.The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Despairing Priest

    07/10/2010 11:54:19 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 18 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | 7-9-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    When A Priest Hates His PriesthoodA priest, recently accused of stealing funds from his parish and of using it to pay for certain vices, is quoted in the news as having said that he had come "to hate his priesthood." This statement was, to my mind, more disturbing and painful than anything else in the reports of the media. How does a priest arrive at a point in his life where he hates his priesthood? Into DespairThe priest who hates his priesthood, hates his very self, his truest self, his sacred identity. The priesthood is not a profession that one...
  • Blessed Mother leads boy to priesthood

    06/27/2010 5:34:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 26, 2009
    Worcester, Mass., Jun 26, 2010 / 01:14 pm (CNA).- “When I grow up, I want to be like him,”  The 5-year-old was talking about the priest. But while still a child the boy fell in love – with the image of Our Lady of Fatima. “If I find a woman who looks like her, and has her characteristics, I’ll marry her,” he decided.“For 34 years I’ve never met that woman,” he says now. “I guess the Blessed Mother wants me. I’m all hers. Like John Paul II said, ‘Totus Tuus Maria.’”This is the story of Deacon Lowe Bretańa Dongor, who...
  • Pope's Q-and-A at End of Priestly Year (Pt 3) "Celibacy...Is a Great Sign of Faith" Catholic Caucus]

    06/20/2010 8:57:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | JUNE 17, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Pope's Q-and-A at End of Priestly Year (Part 3) "Celibacy ... Is a Great Sign of Faith" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 17, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the third of five questions from the question-and-answer session Benedict XVI held with priests Friday evening at the prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square. The session was part of the International Meeting of Priests that marked the end of the Year for Priests. Parts 1 and 2 of the session appeared Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Part 4 will appear Friday. * * * Europe: Q: Holy Father, I am Karol Mikloski and I come...
  • Pope's Q--A at End of Priestly Year Pt. 1 "Priest..Is..Impassioned for Christ" [Catholic Caucus]

    06/20/2010 8:38:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | JUNE 15, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Pope's Q-and-A at End of Priestly Year (Part 1) "The Priest Does Not Just Do a Job ... He Is a Man Impassioned for Christ" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 15, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the first question of the question-and-answer session with Benedict XVI and priests held Friday evening at the prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square on the occasion of the International Meeting of Priests promoted at the end of the Year for Priests. Part 2 of the session will appear Wednesday. * * * America  Q: Most Blessed Father, I am Father Jose Eduardo Oliveira y Silva...
  • Nephew of slain Germantown priest follows uncle's path

    06/18/2010 10:29:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 173+ views
    Gazette ^ | June 18, 2010 | Andre L. Taylor
    Monsignor Thomas Wells will not be in the crowd Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception when his nephew, Deacon David Wells, is ordained as a Catholic priest. A decade ago, Thomas Wells was stabbed to death in the rectory of Mother Seton Catholic Church in Germantown, a crime for which Robert Paul Lucas is serving a 42-year sentence. Lucas, 35, formerly of Clarksburg, said he stabbed Wells because the priest made sexual advances toward him. David Wells, 27, of Bowie, said his uncle was proud of his Catholic faith, as is the rest of...
  • Catholic Priests of Dachau

    06/15/2010 8:11:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies · 380+ views
    The American Catholic ^ | 6/15/2010 | Donald R. McClarey
    2,579 Catholic priests, seminarians and brothers were thrown by the Nazis during World War II into Dachau.  1,780 of these were from Poland.  Of these, some 868 priests perished, 300 in medical “experiments” or by torture in the showers of the camp.The remaining priests, seminarians and brothers came from 38 nations.  Besides the Poles the largest groups were 447 German and Austrian priests, 156 French priests and 46 Belgian priests. This post could be filled with the sadistic treatment meted out to these men of God by the Nazi barbarians, but I recoil emotionally from this task.  I will suffice with...
  • How to Reach African-Americans (LDS Caucus- African-Americans)

    06/11/2010 4:41:26 AM PDT · by restornu · 8 replies · 230+ views
    LDSGenesis Group ^ | 2006 | by Marvin Perkins
    During the 176th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley did not speak or conduct in the Saturday morning or afternoon sessions. In the general priesthood session held that same evening, however, he spoke emphatically, urging priesthood holders to do everything in their power to wipe out racism in the LDS Church. "When a man grows old he develops a softer touch, a kindlier manner. I have thought of this much of late. . . . "Racial strife still lifts its ugly head. I am advised that even right here among us...