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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 Th√©r√©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‚Äôs 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‚ÄėSHOCKING.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúA travesty.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúA slap in the face.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe action of a paranoid, scared, running-for-cover Vatican.‚ÄĚ 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 areaís prisons, was moved by the manís 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 Godís mercy. ďInmates are good people,Ē Father Hipsley remembered. ďThey are lonely and theyíre frustrated....
  • [Cath Caucus]After exposť, 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).- ďWhen I grow up, I want to be like him,Ē† The 5-year-old was talking about the priest. But while still a child the boy fell in love Ė with the image of Our Lady of Fatima. ďIf I find a woman who looks like her, and has her characteristics, Iíll marry her,Ē he decided.ďFor 34 years Iíve never met that woman,Ē he says now. ďI guess the Blessed Mother wants me. Iím all hers. Like John Paul II said, ĎTotus Tuus Maria.íĒThis is the story of Deacon Lowe BretaŮa 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 ďexperimentsĒ 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...
  • Cardinal to Priests: Carry On! (Affirms There's No Room for Mediocrity)

    06/10/2010 4:34:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 113+ views ^ | June 10, 2010 |
    Cardinal to Priests: Carry On! Affirms There's No Room for Mediocrity ROME, JUNE 10, 2010 ( Since Christ is at the base of the priesthood, there is no room for mediocrity in a priest's life, says the prefect of the Vatican's congregation for worship and sacraments.Cardinal Antonio CaŮizares Llovera affirmed this Tuesday at a conference called "In the Image of the Good Shepherd," held at the Regina Apostolorum university. The conference was held in the context of the closing of the Year for Priests, which ends Friday."The priest must be like Christ. He must be holy. Priestly holiness is not...
  • Women's ordination groups march on Vatican

    06/08/2010 7:44:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 61+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 8, 2010
    ROME ‚Äď Groups that have long demanded that women be ordained Roman Catholic priests took advantage of the Vatican's crisis over clerical sex abuse to press their cause Tuesday, demanding the Vatican open discussions on letting women join the priesthood.Representatives of a half-dozen Catholic reform groups marched on St. Peter's Square on the eve of a three-day rally marking the end of the church's yearlong celebration of the priest. Vatican officials have said the during the rally Pope Benedict XVI may apologize for the decades of rapes and molestation that children suffered at the hands of priests.The umbrella group Women's...
  • Over 94%: New Global Study on Priests Growing use of Digital Technology

    06/03/2010 5:04:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 88+ views
    The average age of the respondents was 48 years old, and the average number of years ordained was 20.The study showed that 94.7% of priests worldwide access the Internet on a daily basis for a variety of activities. Of the respondents, 82.8% have access to a laptop and 81.2% to a desktop computer.
  • Attacks On Catholic Priest (The "warmth" of the pro-abort crowd revealed0

    05/29/2010 10:20:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies · 444+ views
    Pro-Life Corner ^ | 5/29/2010
    Rockford Abortion Mill Continues Vicious Attacks On Catholic PriestsAs number of abortions decline in Rockford, the abortion mill seems to†be (rightly)†blaming the spiritual power of Priests. † † Rockford IL, †May 29, 2010† - In September of 2008 a group of Catholic Priests began praying every week at Rockford's abortion mill special prayers of the Church that the abortion mill be cleansed from evil.† Immediately, the pro-life women who sidewalk counsel at this abortion facility noticed a dramatic decline in the numbers of mothers coming for abortions and a tangible rise in the numbers†of mothers who choose life at the...
  • On the Churchís Birthday, Letís Pray for Our Priests (Archbishop Charles Chaput) [Catholic Caucus]

    05/24/2010 5:11:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies · 360+ views ^ | May 22nd, 2010 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    On the Churchís Birthday, Letís Pray for Our Priests May 22nd, 2010 by Archbishop Charles Chaput Ten years ago, as St. John Vianney Theological Seminary opened its doors for the first time, I wrote the following words to the people of our local Church:ďThe Church is not just a collection of individuals convened around a sacred text. She is a community ó a community rooted both in Godís Word and in sacrament. No matter how many other things bear good fruit for the Gospel in our day, there is no on-going presence of Jesus Christ in the world without the...
  • Modern martyr: Polish priest was man of 'deep conviction, integrity'

    05/22/2010 5:25:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 255+ views
    CNS ^ | May-20-2010 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- When a Catholic priest who was murdered by communist agents is beatified in Warsaw June 6, it will confirm his place as one of the church's most conspicuous modern martyrs.
  • Budding Priests In A Time of Crisis: Seminarians Enter Scandal-Scarred Vocation

    05/13/2010 9:29:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 351+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 12th 2010 | William Wan
    Budding Priests In A Time of Crisis: Seminarians Enter Scandal-Scarred Vocation Two dozen graduates will be ordained into the priesthood, helping to fill a nationwide shortage. During their years of training, they deepen their faith and learn to avoid temptations. By William Wan May 14, 2010 From behind his desk and wire-rimmed glasses, Monsignor Steven Rohlfs surveyed the class of 24 men. For almost six years, he had led them on the long, difficult path to priesthood, and now, as they stood on the cusp of reaching that goal, he worried. He knew his seminarians would be entering an institution...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUBDIACONATE, 05-13-10

    05/13/2010 9:09:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 102+ views ^ | 05-13-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SUBDIACONATE Formerly one of the major orders, although not considered a sacrament. a subdeacon assisted a deacon and had certain other auxiliary responsibilities. The subdiaconate was the normal prelude to the diaconate and priesthood. Subdeacons took the vow of celibacy before ordination. The subdiaconate was suppressed by Pope Paul VI for the Latin Church in 1973. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic recruits and the sex abuse scandal ("there are many who still receive the calling")

    05/12/2010 10:48:24 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 184+ views
    BBC.CO.UK ^ | Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | Duncan Kennedy
    These days, anyone wanting to become a Roman Catholic priest must be someone with a very thick skin and an unflinching faith. Catholic priests have been at the centre of the child sex abuse scandal that has so damaged the Church. Some have found themselves defrocked, on trial, or both. But it seems, despite a scandal that has been building for years, that there are many who still receive the calling.
  • A ďCelibacy ProblemĒ? Catholic-Bashing, NAMBLA and the Dalai Lama

    05/03/2010 9:09:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 384+ views
    The Remnant ^ | May 3, 2010 | Mark Alessio
    A ďCelibacy ProblemĒ? Catholic-Bashing, NAMBLA and the Dalai Lama† † Celibacy brings consolation, independence, more freedom. The Dalai Lama (Posted May 2, 2010 On April 4, 2010 the blog page of the London Review of Books posted an article titled ďThe Celibacy Problem,Ē concerning the current priest scandal in the Catholic Church. The author, R.W. Johnson, states: Nobody I knew at either my convent school or at the Christian Brothers was ever the victim of sexual abuse. But I could weep as I think back not just to the savage physical punishments common to both schools and the...
  • Elder Neil L. Andersen: Preparing for your Spiritual Destiny (Mormon - Open)

    05/02/2010 12:57:15 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 292+ views
    LDS Church News ^ | Feb. 17, 2010 | Elder Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve
    Following is...text of a talk given by Elder Neil L. Andersen, on January 10, 2010, as a CES fireside for young adults at Brigham Young University.SNIP Our pre-mortal life was not a passive existence. We had choices to make there as we do here. We had progressed and were in need of a physical body and the experiences of mortality. We needed to prove our willingness to live by faith. Our Heavenly Father presented a plan to us. Central to that plan was the role of His Only Begotten Son to provide a way back for us. We accepted the...
  • Prayer for Vocations This Sunday [World Day of Prayer for Vocations] Catholic Caucus

    04/24/2010 11:57:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 234+ views ^ | APRIL 23, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Prayer for Vocations This Sunday "Three Aspects ... I Consider Essential for an Effective Priestly Witness" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 23, 2010 ( As this Sunday is the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, ZENIT is republishing excerpts from Benedict XVI's message for this day, which he wrote on the theme "Witness Awakens Vocations." The message was originally published last November.* * *The 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Good Shepherd Sunday -- April 25, 2010, gives me the opportunity to offer for your meditation a theme which is...
  • 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 ( Ė 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.ďSunday, I mentioned in my Sermon that I believe in married Priests and Woman Priests,Ē the Facebook comment reads.† ďI was then told that I had to apologize for saying it durning [sic] a Sermon because that is not allowed, even though that is...
  • Would-Be Priests Are Checked Carefully Amid Vatican Crisis

    04/03/2010 1:44:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 418+ views
    ABC ^ | April 3, 2010 | JIM SCIUTTO and HANNA SIEGEL
    A seminary is not the place where you'd expect sex to be a regular topic of conversation. But at the North American College in Rome, where student priests from across the United States are sent, new efforts to prevent sexual abuse are changing that. Part of the psychological element of the examination, says the Rev. Gregory Grannazzisi, involves asking students directly about sex and celibacy. "Some will ask you about your friendships," Deacon Michael Novajosky says. "They will ask about what is your sexual past." The difficult questions aren't kept secret, but discussed openly at the seminary as an integral...
  • A priest who found God in the airport

    04/01/2010 5:17:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 325+ views
    Rome Reports ^ | March 28, 2010
    These days Nicholas Azar dresses in black. But for many years, he wore a colourful uniform, a reflective vest. This was for his job as an airport attendant. At the beginning, Nicholas Azar guided passengers of Sky Team Cargo toward the gates for departure. He was promoted throughout the company until he reached one of the most important positions, manager of finance. He has a masters in business, speaks six languages, and in addition to all of this, now he is a priest. Nicholas Azar"For many years I struggled with the possibility of becoming a priest. I enjoyed dating girls,...
  • Too Few Priests as Catholic Ranks Surge

    03/21/2010 6:20:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies · 558+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 3/21/10 | Tim Funk
    Charlotte's parishes add overflow Masses, think creatively to accommodate attendance boomThe pews are packed at many Charlotte-area Catholic churches, but a scarcity of priests is leaving even some of the biggest parishes short-staffed and scrambling for help from retired and visiting clergy. Recent examples aren't hard to find: Just one full-time priest for months at 13,000-member St. Gabriel in Cotswold. A pastor's heart bypass operation, with complications, that left 14,000-member St. Mark in Huntersville struggling to find substitutes to celebrate Mass. A sanctuary so crowded on Ash Wednesday that a parishioner at St. Matthew in Ballantyne, where two priests serve...
  • Holding Aaronic Priesthood is an extraordinary privilege - Mormon (Open)

    03/17/2010 2:50:32 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 591 replies · 3,159+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 3/14/10 | Kristine Frederickson
    I write today for my son and other young men about what an extraordinary privilege it is to be an Aaronic Priesthood holder. You have been ordained and given POWER, by someone with authority from God, to act in Godís name on the earth today. You know all about superheroes. Itís fun to watch movies and see the powers superheroes like Spiderman, Batman and Superman have. But thatís just the movies and not real. However, from the moment you are ordained a deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood, you are given more power than all the superheroes in the world combined...
  • An Hermeneutic of Priestly Continuity [Pope Benedict to Congregation for Clergy] Catholic Caucus

    03/13/2010 1:00:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 153+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 03-12-10 | Fr. Mark
    An Hermeneutic of Priestly Continuity By Father Mark†on March 12, 2010 8:43 PM | I was inspired to offer a little commentary on the brilliant address that the Holy Father gave this morning to the International Theological Conference, "Fidelity of Christ, Fidelity of the Priest," organized by the Congregation for Clergy. My remarks are in italics.The Priest: A Man Strange to Common OpinionIn the context of widespread secularization, which progressively excludes God from the public sphere and, by tendency, also from the shared social conscience, the priest often seems "strange" to common opinion, precisely because of the more fundamental...
  • Is Priestly Celibacy Psychologically Dangerous? (Catholic Caucus)

    03/10/2010 6:23:43 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 380+ views
    zna ^ | March 9, 2010 | Carmen Elena Villa
    ROME, MARCH 8, 2010 ( Priestly celibacy is not psychologically dangerous, and in fact, sexual behavior based on "anything goes" is what is truly destructive to the personality. This is the affirmation made by Dr. Aquilino Polaino Lorente, a physician and psychiatrist who teaches courses on psychopathology at the University of St. Paul in Madrid. The psychiatrist -- best known for his work in children's and family psychology -- was a speaker at the two-day conference held last week at Rome's Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. The conference, "Priestly Celibacy: Theology and Life," was sponsored by the Congregation for...

    03/09/2010 4:51:43 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 389+ views
    zna ^ | March 9, 2010 | Carmen Elena Villa
    ROME, MARCH 9, 2010 ( Married priests are an exception and the Church is increasingly convinced that they must remain so, according to a spiritual theology professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Father Laurent Touze explained the foundations of priestly celibacy when he spoke at a two-day conference held last week at Rome's Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.† The conference, "Priestly Celibacy: Theology and Life," was sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy as an event for the Year for Priests. ZENIT spoke with Father Touze about the exceptions to priestly celibacy and the future of...
  • Remaking the Church - Part 3 - VOTF vs. the Catechism - Targeting Priesthood

    03/05/2010 1:19:03 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 104+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 4, 2010 | DEACON THOMAS J. DAVIS JR
    KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. Did Christ ordain Peter and the Apostles? Did he intend to found a Church? If you follow Voice of the Faithfulís study guide, the answer is No. PART III Targeting Priesthood Editorís note: One year ago this month, Catholics in Connecticut mobilized against a proposed law that would severely restrict a pastorís authority in his own parish ó and the bishopís as well. In his four-part series, Deacon Thomas Davis, associate director of the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and a practicing attorney, demonstrates how such...
  • The Seminary as Nazareth: Formation in a School of Prayer [Year of the Priest feature]

    02/14/2010 5:44:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 186+ views ^ | February 11, 2009 | Deacon James Keating, Ph.D.
    The Seminary as Nazareth: Formation in a School of Prayer | Deacon James Keating, Ph.D. | I gnatius Insight | February 11, 2010 Pastoral study and action direct one to an inner source, which the work of [priestly] formation will take care to guard and make good use of:†This is the ever-deeper communion with the pastoral charity of Jesus, which...constitutes the principle and driving force of priestly ministry. It is a question of a type of formation meant not only to ensure scientific, pastoral competence and practical skill, but also and especially a way of being in communion with†the...
  • Another loss in priest shortage: Anointing sick

    01/27/2010 1:36:58 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 684+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2010 | Mary Foster
    NEW ORLEANS -- It was John B. Baus's 82nd birthday. When he was getting ready to go out with his wife, he had a heart attack and ended up on his way to the emergency room instead. Doctors there worked to stabilize him and performed surgery to implant a pace maker. Mary Adele Baus, his wife, went home after the surgery, assured that her husband was resting comfortably. Instead, at 3 a.m. doctors were working frantically with oxygen and electric paddles to keep Baus alive. In the midst of the effort Baus asked for a Roman Catholic priest, fearing death...
  • Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love? Why This Gen-Xer Is a Priest

    01/25/2010 10:29:30 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 562+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | January 25, 2010 | Fr. John Cihak
    Winter 1989, downtown South Bend, Indiana. The night is snowy and crisp. Inside the bar, already humid and smoky, the guitarist lights his cigarette, takes a long, patient drag and wedges it among the strings in the head of his guitar. As the smoke drifts from his mouth he begins moving his fingers across the fret board, the distortion turned up to eleven. The opening riffs of Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" crackle from the bending strings. Standing next to him, I watch his fingers glide effortlessly across the wood and steel. The toe of my boot taps...
  • 'Come Follow Me': Grant Desme Lays Aside Baseball Career and Responds.

    01/23/2010 7:17:57 AM PST · by tcg · 2 replies · 325+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/23/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...Grant Desme spoke with great candor in an interview in November of 2009. His response was telling - and instructive for what it revealed. It reflected the thinking of a young Catholic Christian who lived his life reflectively, open to hearing the Lord call. He spoke with Sports writer Bill Mitchell of ďBaseball AmericaĒ concerning the effect that a separated shoulder injury had upon him in 2008. Of course, that injury was painful and constituted a possible career setback. However, Desme, with the eyes of faith and the insight which only faith can provide, said this: "I think it needed...
  • Female priests defy Catholic Church, hope to change it

    01/23/2010 5:01:26 AM PST · by NYer · 76 replies · 1,660+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Januay 23, 2010 | Katie Balestra
    Inside a red brick house in Falls Church, Bridget Mary Meehan placed a silver chalice of wine and a plate of flatbread on the coffee table in her living room and prepared to lead a sacred, forbidden ceremony. "As we gather around this table, this intimate little house church table, let us remember that God is raising us up, all of us," she said, smiling at the four worshipers who had come to hear her say Mass. Three and a half years ago, Meehan joined a group of Catholic women from across the United States known as the Roman Catholic...
  • A's MVP Desme retires for priesthood

    01/22/2010 4:05:34 PM PST · by iowamark · 37 replies · 662+ views ^ | 01/22/2010 | Danny Wild
    Top Oakland prospect had breakout season in '09 The Oakland A's had high expectations for Grant Desme following a breakout 2009 season, including a potential invite to Spring Training. On Friday, the California native told the club he had other plans. Desme, a former second-round pick and one of Oakland's top outfield prospects, announced Friday morning that he is retiring from baseball and becoming a priest. "I love the game, but I aspire to higher things," Desme said during a media conference call. "I really kept this to myself, I kept it from the baseball community. Not many people knew."...
  • Why Canít Women Be Priests?

    01/10/2010 3:28:21 PM PST · by NYer · 113 replies · 2,572+ views
    CERC ^ | January 10, 2010 | JASON EVERT
    1. Why doesnít the Church allow women to be priests? I know plenty of women who could give a more moving homily and be more understanding in the confessional. There aren't many issues within apologetics that require as much sensitivity as this one. In a culture where opening the door for a woman can be seen as an act of misogyny, it's no surprise that male-only ordination strikes some as sexist on the Church's behalf. It can't be denied that there are women who could be more moving orators than some priests and provide more consolation within the confessional. But...
  • A Time to Praise our Fathers (National Vocation Awareness Week) [Catholic Caucus]

    01/08/2010 7:31:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies · 560+ views ^ | January 8, 2010 | Fr. Kyle Schnippel
    A Time to Praise our Fathers January 8th, 2010 by Fr. Kyle Schnippel Every year, following the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Church in the United States celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week , this year from January 10-16. This week is set aside to call to mind that we all have a vocation to fulfill. We all have been given a calling by God, first to holiness, then to a specific vocation to live out our relationship with God in the midst of the world and the Church. Normally for this week, the Vocation Office publishes materials...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TESTIMONIALS, 01-08-10

    01/08/2010 7:35:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 206+ views ^ | 01-08-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TESTIMONIALS Letters of recommendation required by ecclesiastical law, witnessing to a person's qualifications for the reception of a sacrament, e.g., ordination to the priesthood. favorable testimonials are a matter of grave obligation on the one conferring the sacrament. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.