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  • When Honor Eclipses Truth

    09/22/2017 8:07:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Honor Eclipses Truth Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2017 • Every year at about this time we read St. Augustine’s sermon “On Pastors” in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours. As you know, priests are required to read the Divine Office daily; St. Augustine’s sermon extends over the better part of two weeks. It amounts to a stern warning for priests who too easily live off the sheep instead of shepherding them rightly.There are tender moments in the sermon as well. At one point, commenting on a passage from Ezekiel rebuking bad shepherds...
  • Pray for Priests! An Urgent Call Based on a Teaching by Robert Cardinal Sarah

    06/30/2017 7:24:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pray for Priests! An Urgent Call Based on a Teaching by Robert Cardinal Sarah Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2017 • One of the most consistent concerns expressed both by my readers and by attendees at the various talks I give, is the large number of tepid and problematic clergy. We clergy give our people much to endure, yet for the most part they are so very patient and loving with us despite our foibles and idiosyncrasies.Most of the people are highly concerned about the widespread silence and/or vagueness of the clergy in the face of the grave...
  • Faithful Fathers (Faithful Priests)

    06/19/2017 7:50:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Faithful Fathers Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2017 • Priesthood Ordination 2017 – Photo Credit: Daphne StubboloSunday’s Feast of Corpus Christi brought the first Masses of the new priests ordained here in Washington. It was also Father’s Day. The readings for Corpus Christi suggest a kind of threefold office for the priest (related to teaching, governing, and sanctifying). I thought it might be good to present some of the notes from that homily on the blog today. Here, then, are three facets of a faithful Father—of a faithful priest.I. The Priest Announces the Truth – Throughout the readings...
  • How Millennials Are Reinventing the Priesthood

    06/09/2017 12:58:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Time ^ | June 8, 2017 | Elizabeth Dias
    When 19 college guys go to Jamaica for spring break, they usually hit the bar and the beach. Not Nicholas Morrison and his friends. Their trip to Montego Bay this March was far more medieval. Every morning they rose at 5:30 a.m. and prayed. Then they visited abandoned children with disabilities and dug an irrigation trench to protect the kids homes from flooding in the coming summer rains.
  • Why married priests won't really fix the shortage

    04/10/2017 3:18:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | April 9, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    Denver, Colo., Apr 9, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States.Today, that number has more than doubled, with one priest for every 1,800 Catholics.Globally, the situation is worse. The number of Catholics per priest increased from 1,895 in 1980 to 3,126 in 2012, according to a report from CARA at Georgetown University. The Catholic Church in many parts of the world is experiencing what is being called a priest shortage or a priest crisis.Last month, Pope Francis answered a question about the priest shortage in a...
  • As a priest, you realize there is no such thing as coincidence

    03/31/2017 8:29:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 28, 2017 | Father Sergio Argello Vences
    I had woken up content and looking forward to celebrating Mass in the parish. I sprang from bed, eager to get ready and to arrive early for my appointment with Our Lord and his people.Mass went beautifully.At the end, some women approached me, Father, could you hear our confessions?I said yes there were only three of them but after Id finished hearing the confessions of the first three women, I saw more people had gotten in line, and then more and more until three hours had passed. I was hungry, thirsty and ready for a break.I...
  • Pope signals openness to ordaining married men as priests, calls for Church to face shortage

    03/08/2017 12:27:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    Aletiea ^ | 03/08/2017
    Crux has the scoop: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/03/08/pope-francis-signals-openness-ordaining-married-men/ Pope Francis has expressed openness to a renewed consideration of married priests in the Catholic Church, especially the possibility of ordaining the so-called viri probati, meaning tested married men, who could be called into clerical service. Then we have to consider what tasks they could perform, for instance in isolated communities, the pontiff said. While the question put to Francis specifically referred to ordaining viri probati as deacons, many theologians and some bishops have also suggested they could be considered for priestly service. The popes comments came in a new interview with the German newspaperDie...
  • Never Give Up: St. Augustines Stirring Call to Pastors

    10/03/2016 8:08:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Never Give Up: St. Augustine’s Stirring Call to Pastors Msgr. Charles Pope • October 2, 2016 • Today I would like to present excerpts from a stirring sermon that St. Augustine delivered to the priests and people of Hippo. In times like these we must all be reminded of the need to preach the Word of God even if the recipients of that word revile us, labeling our very proclamation of love “hate speech.” This is not new; St. Augustine calls us to be resolute and to preach the Word of God in season and out of season. This...
  • A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers

    08/18/2016 6:42:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 95 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 17, 2016 • The first reading from today (Wednesday of the 20th week of the year) is a significant admonition for priests. In this post, permit this priest to wonder how this warning from the Lord might apply to priests and shepherds today.You who read these wonderings: please pray for priests, because we who have received much will also have much for which to account.The passage from Ezekiel 34 is in bold, blue italics; my reflections are in bold, black text.The word...
  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2016 5:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    reginamag.com ^ | May 2 2016 | Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor
    With all the hullabaloo on this topic, I have tried valiantly to avoid having a knee-jerk opinion on altar girls. Now, however, I have actually spent some time thinking about it. And I do have an opinion, based on my personal experience both as a Catholic mother and REGINAs Editor. I raised a son and a daughter in the Catholic Church in Connecticut in the 1990s and 2000s. My daughter had zero interest in being an altar server and I was somewhat dubious about then-popular claims that serving the altar would somehow prepare her to have a successful career. In...
  • Priest and Victim Are One and the Same Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood

    04/14/2016 6:54:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – A Meditation on Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood Msgr. Charles Pope • April 13, 2016 • A key aspect of the priesthood, set forth by Jesus in the New Covenant, is that priest and victim are one and the same. Prior to this, the priests of the Old Covenant sacrificed animals: lambs, bulls, goats, turtle doves, etc. But in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, the priesthood of the New Covenant, the priest offers himself as victim.Regarding Jesus and His priesthood, Scripture says,For it is...
  • Who Has Sean Hannity Interviewed 41 Times Without Making News? Can You Guess?

    04/13/2016 4:40:56 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 52 replies
    One thing this campaign season has showed us is who are actual conservatives and who are the cynical opportunists with no values beyond their own bottom line. One of the biggest offenders is Sean Hannity. Ive never thought that Hannity was the sharpest tool in the shed BUT I had always admired his work ethic, his hustle, and I considered him to be one of us. Now there is evidence otherwise. I dont like quoting ThinkProgress, but, in this case, the odious Judd Legum hits the nail on the head: Trump has appeared on Hannity an astonishing 41 times since...
  • Glenn Beck Brings Fasting Child on Stage at Cruz Rally, Yells: This is the Priesthood Rising!

    03/20/2016 10:10:14 AM PDT · by catnipman · 200 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/20/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Glenn Beck brought a fasting child on stage yesterday during his campaign speech for Ted Cruz in Utah. Beck declared to the Cruz crowd: This is the priesthood rising.
  • Priesthood

    08/01/2015 3:50:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 234 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | not given | J. POHLE
    Priesthood. The word priest (Germ. Priester; Fr. pretre; Ital. prete) is derived from the Greek presbuteros (the elder, as distinguished from neoteros, the younger), and is, in the hieratical sense, equivalent to the Latin sacerdos, the Greek iereus, and the Hebrew KHN. By the term is meant a (male) person called to the immediate service of the Deity and authorized to hold public worship, especially to offer sacrifice. In many instances the priest is the religious mediator between God (gods) and man and the appointed teacher of religious truths, especially when these include esoteric doctrines. To apply the word...
  • The Mystery of Being a Priest

    06/24/2015 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-15 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    The Mystery of Being a Priest Msgr. Charles Pope June 23, 2015 Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sitquietly,I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood. When I was growing up, there was little to indicate that I would ever become a priest. I was not a particularly spiritual child (at least not after age 7). I did not play Mass. In...
  • The inverted priesthood of Pope Francis

    06/12/2015 6:20:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | June 9, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    One of the surest signs that the Church is indeed flirting with suicide in our day (as foretold by the future Pope Pius XII in reference to the warnings issued by Our Lady of Fatima) is the view of the priesthood so often put forth by high ranking prelates, up to and including the pope. Before addressing the sad state of current affairs directly, lets begins by considering the portrait of the priesthood painted by Pope St. Pius X in the Apostolic Exhortation, Haerent Animo, wherein the Holy Father makes his intent quite clear: Our first and chief concern is...
  • 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:...