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  • Contemporary society has forgotten 'Thou shalt not be needlessly distracted'

    05/10/2015 4:52:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 8, 2015 | Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald
    This week's Torah portion, Emor, opens with an extensive series of laws regarding the conduct of the Kohanim, the priests of the Jewish nation, who minister and serve in the Tabernacle and the Temple. Because of the elevated status of the Kohanim and the sanctity of the Tabernacle and Temple, priests are required to follow a strict physical and spiritual regimen. Because of the serious responsibility conferred upon them, the Kohanim are expected to live up to a sacred ideal, and be adequately prepared to properly perform their Temple and Tabernacle duties. Members of the priestly class are not, for...
  • A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/05/2015 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe second reading from today’s Mass is very Catholic and too informative to let pass without comment. It presents a highly organized Church, possessing some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church. The soft, cross-less Christianity of many today, who replace the cross with a pillow and...
  • Time for Clergy to Man Up How the Exhortation of St. Catherine of Siena is Still Needed Today!

    02/16/2015 7:28:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Time for Clergy to “Man Up” – How the Exhortation of St. Catherine of Siena is Still Needed Today! By: Msgr. Charles PopeTrue sanctity does not easily fit into our notions of being merely nice or humble. The lives of the actual saints of the Church exude joy and can bring great encouragement to many around them. But it is also true that the great saints were irksome and unsettling to many. Most of the great saints had encountered the holiness of God and wanted to see that holiness be like a fire cast on the earth. When you really want...
  • 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:...
  • Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy

    04/01/2015 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 223 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy By: Msgr. Charles PopeWednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to consider that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to...
  • The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: Part 1

    03/13/2015 4:11:15 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 26 replies
    One Fold ^ | March 12, 2009 | Brian Culliton
    The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: Part1 March 12, 2009 The most ancient writing depicting what early Christian gatherings looked like come from a work called the Didache, also known as The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles. But every Lords day do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned. For this is that which was spoken by the...
  • Here is what the Archdiocese of Boston wants for the priesthood...

    03/01/2015 12:04:30 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 1, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In a Blog post which may be found here, Deacon Ryan Duns argues that same-sex "marriage" could actually be beneficial to society. Deacon Duns quotes from Louis Dupre, who said that, "The quality of a civilization may be measured both by the complexity of its ingredients and by the harmony of their order. The more diverse elements it succeeds in integrating within a harmonious and unified balance, the greater its potential and, usually, its achievements are." (Louis Dupr, Passage to Modernity, 29). Then this confused soul writes, "...the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has...
  • Learning the Priesthood: The Role of Altar Service in Vocational Discernment (Catholic Caucus)

    02/27/2015 1:54:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 27, 2015 | PETER LYONS
    On March 15, 1994, a virtual tsunami struck the Liturgy of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Antonio Ortas wrote a document to the Episcopal conferences announcing that the Vatican had, for the first time, permitted altar girls. Over 20 years later, many question the impact of this decision as the Church continues to reap a desperately meager harvest of young men responding to God’s call to the Priesthood.Born in 1997, I was blissfully unaware of the damage being wrought in the Eternal City. By the grace of God I was destined to remain ignorant of the fact for many years. Thinking...
  • 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 - Part 1

    01/22/2015 4:49:05 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 1 replies
    Biblical Anthropology ^ | January 4, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    Depending on who is telling the story, accounts differ as to when the priesthood came to the British Isles. Anglicans tend to give this account: Christianity arrived in the British Isles around AD 47 according to Gildas's De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae. Christians likely entered as metal workers and traders traveling long the tin route between Spain and Ireland. The earliest historical evidence of Christianity among the native Britons is found in the writings of such early Christian Fathers as Tertullian and Origen in the first years of the 3rd century. In the 1st or 2nd century, southern Britain became...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Catholic priest ordained in America - 1793

    07/04/2014 9:33:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    History.com ^ | not given | History.com
    May 25, 1793: Catholic priest ordained in America In Baltimore, Maryland, Father Stephen Theodore Badin becomes the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States. Badin was ordained by Bishop John Carroll, an early advocate of American Catholicism, and appointed to the Catholic mission in Kentucky.In colonial America, there were few English-speaking Catholics outside of Maryland, which was established in 1634 as a haven for Roman Catholics persecuted in England. In 1735, some 100 years after the establishment of Maryland, John Carroll was born in Baltimore into a prominent Catholic family. As secondary Catholic education was...
  • 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...
  • Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy (Pope John XXIII)

    04/26/2014 1:14:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    InsightScroop.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Father Brian Van Hove, S.J.
    Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy | Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Ignatius Insight (Note: The following was originally posted on Ignatius Insight in June 2008.) Since his death on June 3, 1963, many biographies and studies of Pope John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) have appeared. In the month of his death was the article of Roger Aubert, "Jean XXIII: Un 'pape de transition' qui marquera dans l'histoire". The same year, and revised in 1981, is Leone Algisi's John the Twenty-Third / Giovanni XXIII. In 1965 there appeared that of Edward Elton Young Hales, Pope...
  • Images of the Priest in the Life and Thought of John Paul II

    04/26/2014 12:58:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    InsightScroop.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | George Weigel
    Images of the Priest in the Life and Thought of John Paul II Images of the Priest in the Life and Thought of John Paul II | George Weigel | HPRIf there is one great truth to be learned from the luminous, world-transforming priestly ministry that Karol Wojty³a, Pope John Paul II, gave to the Church, it is this: a true priestly vocation begins with a commitment to radical discipleship.It has been nine years since the remarkable events that unfolded between February and April, 2005—and still our minds and imaginations, and perhaps our prayers as well, come back, time and...
  • The Real Presence: Faith in the Life of a Priest [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/25/2014 9:39:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Faith in the Life of a Priestby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.If there is anything we can safely say about the Church in the modern world, it is the fact that many things we used to take for granted we can no longer casually assume. Not too many years ago it would have been, if not strange, at least a bit odd to talk on the importance of faith in the lives of priests. But it is not strange or odd today when the Faith of millions of the Faithful is being extremely tried and, for many, shaken to...
  • Pope Francis Allows Married Man to Join Priesthood for First Time in Nearly 100 Years

    03/03/2014 9:54:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Morgan Lee
    Pope Francis has signed off on a married man's decision to join the priesthood in the Maronite Catholic Church. Deacon Wissam Akiki, of St. Louis, Mo., who is married and has a daughter, was expected to be ordained on Thursday night, in a the Maronite church. The sect of the Eastern Catholic Christianity originated in the fifth century in what is now modern-day Lebanon. While married priests are common within in the Maronite Catholic Church overseas, says St. Raymond's Chancellor Louis Peters, marriage for religious leaders was banned in the U.S. in the 1920s. According to the church's American spokesperson,...
  • Historic: First married Maronite Catholic in U.S. to become a priestUPDATED

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

    01/27/2014 6:29:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Monday, January 27, 2014 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Rumours of revolution are swirling through the streets of Rome and the frescoed halls of Vatican City. Doctrinal conservatism is out compassion is in. Ten months into his papacy, Pope Francis is setting in motion what looks like seismic change in the Catholic Church, although the outcome of this revolution is difficult to predict. Francis, it seems, has a three-pronged strategy: He's leveraging his public media appeal to realign the overall message of the church; hes dismantling a dysfunctional Curia; and hes rebuilding a new kind of Church. Revolution, si. True reform and restoration, no. Concerning the curial gay mafia...
  • 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
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT OF ORDERS, 01-17-14

    01/17/2014 7:47:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-17-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SACRAMENT OF ORDERSThe sacrament that, by the imposition of a bishop's hands, confers on a man the grace and spiritual power to sanctify others. There are three forms of this sacrament, also called sacramental orders, namely diaconate, priesthood and episcopate. they are not, however, three sacraments, but only one sacrament that is separately administered with three successively higher sacramental effects. It is certain that every baptized male can be validly ordained, although it would be highly illicit to ordain him before the age of reason. It is likewise certain that every baptized male can be...
  • Race, Priesthood and Infallibility [Lds tries to explain away past doctrine as mere 'theories']

    12/10/2013 5:49:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 45 replies
    DovesandSerpents.org ^ | Dec. 9, 2013 | Brent
    The church has put up a couple interesting...topic pages recently on LDS.org... Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past...Funny, I dont see the word theory used here: ...(2 Nephi 5:21). ...theory wasnt used in this statement on the negro question: The position of the Church regarding the Negro may be understood when another doctrine of the Church is kept in mind, namely, that the conduct of spirits in the premortal existence has some determining effect upon the conditions and circumstances under which these spirits take on mortality (Statement by the First Presidency, August 17, 1949). Joseph Fielding...
  • A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

    12/05/2013 6:29:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/5/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Some of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. I like doing that as it imposes a kind of disciplined writing on me, where I must answer questions very briefly, in about 400 words or less.A question recently came in about a topic that I have not written much about here on the Blog. Id like to reproduce the question and answer here in order to include the concept in my blog compendium and also to encourage you, if you do not read my column in the Sunday Visitor to know about...
  • "The Exorcist" and the Priesthood

    10/05/2013 6:09:48 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 19 replies
    YOUCATholic ^ | 5 October 2013 | Matthew Olson
    Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. - James 4:7 On Wednesday, spurred by advance notice of that night's topic on Think Tank a weekly vlog hosted by Wilson Orihuela on Vericast I finally found time to watch The Exorcist, the famous film from 1973. The movie revolves around an irreligious, divorced woman and her daughter, who becomes possessed by a demon. The mother looks to science and medicine, but finds no true answer. Eventually, like the woman in Mark 7:25, the mother whose little daughter had an unclean spirit seeks the...
  • 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...
  • Are Seminaries Putting Their Blue Days Behind Them?

    04/01/2013 9:23:05 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 162 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 30. 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Americas mainline Protestant seminaries are in crisis, but so far they seem to be spending more energy dodging tough choices than preparing for the future. A recent article at Inside Higher Ed describes the enrollment collapse at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Luther is one of the most important Lutheran seminaries in the country, but its status wasnt enough to insulate it from the forces upending seminaries everywhere. Enrollment fell off sharply, and the institution was running multimillion-dollar deficits, spending down its endowment and relying on loans. The seminarys response? Its making some painful cuts, letting go of some staff...
  • Homosexuality Incompatible With Priesthood

    02/24/2013 9:50:05 AM PST · by Gluteus Maximus · 140 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11-24-2010 | John Travis
    "Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don't want to get married anyway," the pope said. The pope cited a 2005 Vatican document that drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals. He said the document emphasized that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation interferes with "the proper sense of paternity" that belongs to the priesthood. The pope said it was important to select priestly candidates very...
  • The Catholic Lefts Latest Call for the Ordination of Women

    01/01/2013 9:10:46 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    In early December the independent and very liberal National Catholic Reporter weekly newspaper published a long, carefully reasoned editorial declaring that “The Ordination of Women Would Correct an Injustice.” If the Church were deliberately perpetrating an injustice in the matter of ordination, of course, it would be a serious matter. The NCR editorial was a response to the earlier “excommunication, dismissal, and laicization” of Roy Bourgeois, who as a Maryknoll priest had long and defiantly—and in spite of numerous warnings—engaged in what was officially described as a “campaign against the teachings of the Catholic Church”—he repeatedly and obstinately engaged in...
  • 3 Brothers From 1 Wis. Family to Become Priests

    07/25/2012 2:55:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 25, 2012 | CARRIE ANTLFINGER
    When Luke Strand started college nine years ago, he wanted to earn a marketing degree, a job in the business world, then a house and children. Now he's a priest and that's not all. His brother, Vincent, is on his way to being ordained a Jesuit priest and their youngest brother, Jake, was ordained in the spring. The family calling is remarkable at a time when fewer men, especially in the U.S., are choosing the Roman Catholic clergy. More than 3,200 of the 17,800 U.S. parishes don't have resident priests, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate...
  • In Graying Priesthood, New Yorks Grayest Keeps Faith in Bronx

    07/18/2012 3:44:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | July 17, 2012 | Sharon Otterman
    It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald Ryan, then about 4, thought the beautiful sound was coming from the monstrance that held the host. At age 7, he was hit by a car, and lost his hearing in one ear. The bell remained in his memory, as if Jesus were calling him in stereo. Now, he is a monsignor, and he has been a priest for 67 years....
  • Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies

    07/12/2012 10:03:33 AM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 9 replies
    Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter[8]. In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that...
  • Elizabeth Scalia: Church is wrong about homosexuality being incompatible with priesthood

    07/12/2012 8:00:48 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 64 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 12, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Pope Benedict XVI has stated it clearly: homosexuality is incompatible with the priesthood. But Elizabeth Scalia, a writer/blogger for First Things and The Anchoress on Patheos, disagrees. In a blog post which may be found here, Ms. Scalia writes, "If Christians have any interest in reaching out to the gay community, if we have any hope to speak a message which can touch their hearts as well, we absolutely must be willing to live as their family. Behind his blundering obscenity, behind his facile attempts to explain Scripture away, behind the blatant hypocrisy of his behavior toward those who disagree...
  • Father Randolph Sly Ordained for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter

    06/25/2012 2:42:27 PM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/25/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...This former Protestant Archbishop knew that coming home to the fullness of the Catholic Church meant selling all to buy the treasure in the field.(Matt. 13:44) He laid aside a thriving ministry of many years with no assurance of any possibility of ordination to either the diaconate in Christ or the Holy Priesthood. Over the years that followed his entry into the Church he humbly offered his multiple gifts in many ways, including serving as the Associate Editor of Catholic Online. He has been a model in his love for the Lord and fidelity to the Church. The fruit was...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VOW OF POVERTY, 06-08-12

    06/08/2012 8:35:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):VOW OF POVERTY The vow by which a person freely gives up the ownership, or at least the independent use and administration, of temporal goods. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Women's Ordination

    04/16/2012 9:21:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
    Women's Ordinationby Sebastian R. FamaWhile there are Catholics who favor ordaining women to the priesthood, it is important to note that the driving force behind this movement comes from the more radical elements in the Church. These individuals usually challenge the Church on a wide range of issues. They reject the authority of the Church and yet they demand that women be allowed to be a part of the authority they reject. If the Church has no divine authority, what purpose would it serve to be a part of it? Such an obvious contradiction discredits their argument. Their real goal...
  • The untold story of the Titanics Catholic priest who went down hearing confessions

    04/15/2012 10:33:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Fri Apr 13, 2012 | by Patrick B. Craine
    Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one thats not often told. It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favour of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the unsinkable vessel. A 42-year-old English convert, Fr. Byles was on his way to New York to offer the wedding Mass for his brother William. Reports suggest that he was reciting his breviary on the upper deck when the Titanic struck the iceberg in the twilight hours of Sunday,...
  • President Carter says he clashed with 'fundamentalist' Pope John Paul II

    03/24/2012 10:09:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 24, 2012 | Diogenes
    Former US President Jimmy Carter has disclosed that he had angry exchanges with Pope John Paul II about liberation theology and about the ordination of women. The former president said that he complained to the Pontiff about the Churchs perpetuation of the subservience of women while Blessed John Paul II was visiting the US in 1978, and there was more harshness when we turned to the subject of liberation theology. Carter said that he classified the Pope as a fundamentalist, placing him in that category along with Irans late Ayatollah Khomeini. In the same interview Carter said that it...
  • Number of Priests Worldwide Continues Steady Increase (and other good news!)

    03/14/2012 12:11:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | March 12, 2012 | Zenit
    Number of Priests Worldwide Continues Steady Increase While Women Religious Fewer in Number VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- On Saturday, Benedict XVI's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, presented the Holy Father with the 2012 edition of the "Annuario Pontificio" or pontifical yearbook, and the "Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae".A note concerning the presentation highlights some of the facts contained in the new edition. In 2011, the Pope erected eight new episcopal sees, one personal ordinariate and one military ordinariate. One archdiocese and eight dioceses were elevated to the rank of metropolitan see; one prelature, one apostolic vicariate and one apostolic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROSTRATION, 03-07-12

    03/07/2012 9:23:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 2+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 03-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROSTRATION To cast oneself down in front of anyone in adoration or contrition, petition or submission. At the services on Good Friday the ministers lie prostrate before the altar. It is also part of the ordination service for bishops, priests, and deacons. Prostration may also be required during the final profession of vows in some religious orders. Kneeling on both knees with head bowed is a form of prostration. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • BYU Professor makes controversial statements about Blacks & LDS Church

    02/29/2012 11:51:22 AM PST · by Colofornian · 60 replies · 4+ views
    ABC4.com ^ | Feb. 28, 2012 | Reported by Kimberly Nelson
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) Comments made by a BYU Theology professor opening up old wounds about the LDS churchs policy on African Americans and priesthood. It was June 9th, 1978 when LDS President Spencer Kimball announced the church was opening its priesthood ranks to all worthy men. Some 30 years later the question why the church denied African Americans priesthood once again taking center stage because a Mormon is running for President. During an interview with The Washington Post BYU Professor Randy Botts explains the denial of priesthood to blacks as saving them from the lowest rungs...
  • Women (priests) outnumber men in the Anglican Church for the first time

    02/10/2012 1:23:11 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Vatican Insider ^ | February 10, 2012 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    For the first ever in the United Kingdom, female priests vocations exceed those of their male colleagues GIACOMO GALEAZZIvatican city There is a female majority for the first time in the Church of England, with more women priests joining than men. This certainly bodes well for a final yes vote in next Julys Synod that would allow women into the Episcopate. Official figures show that 290 women were ordained in 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, says British newspaper The Telegraph. By contrast, just 273 men entered the priesthood. This marks a historical moment. It is...
  • German Catholic Priest Admits To 280 Counts Of Sexual Abuse

    01/13/2012 10:31:42 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 218 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/13/2012 | Sanya Khetani
    A German Catholic priest has admitted 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over almost a decade, the BBC reported. About 2,800 pornographic images -- including several of his victims -- were found on the priest's computer. Named only as Andreas L, the priest, 46, told a court in Braunschweig he did not think he was doing harm.
  • Apostolic Succession; A Biblical Doctrine?

    01/02/2012 9:00:25 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 291 replies
    UK apologetics ^ | February, 2009 | Robin A. Brace
    T he doctrine of apostolic succession is the belief that the 12 apostles passed on their authority to successors, who then passed that apostolic authority on to their successors, continuing on throughout the centuries, even to today. Whilst this might be a fascinating and intriguing concept, is it truly biblical? The great thing about the New Testament is that it clearly establishes the major doctrines of the Church. One may find vital doctrines such as the atonement, resurrection and justification by faith alone, clearly outlined with many scriptural references (one may wish to check out this page). One is left...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELIGIOUS APOSTASY, 01-02-12

    01/02/2012 10:08:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):RELIGIOUS APOSTASY Desertion from the religious life. A religious apostate is one who has perpetual vows and either leaves the religious house without permission and with the intention of not returning, or leaves with permission but does not return because he intends to withdraw from religious obedience. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE, 12-07-11

    12/07/2011 9:03:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-07-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE The temporary state of men who intend to go on for the priesthood. Before their ordination as deacons they must indicate whether they wish to enter the permanent or the transitional diaconate. They must also decide whether to marry or remain celibate. Once they are ordained deacons, they cannot marry and continue in the Church's ministry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.