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  • Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

    12/19/2014 7:59:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its place, but so does external observance. I remember as a youth that my swimming coach, who was out of the water, would often correct us if our form was wrong, and advise us...
  • For Advent: Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned?

    12/17/2014 4:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 143 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | n/a | Catholic.com
    Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? Full QuestionThe New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of "priest"? The New Testament writers seem to understand "bishop" and "presbyter" to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38). AnswerThe English word "priest" is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as "elder" or "presbyter." The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties...
  • A post Satan did not want published? In These Dark Days, the Church Needs Her Men to be Men

    11/03/2014 7:36:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-02-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A post Satan did not want published? But Here it is anyway: In These Dark Days, the Church Needs Her Men to be Men By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis is a post that Satan apparently did not like. When I posted it last Thursday, the Server of the Archdiocese (literally) burnt up within an hour or two of posting. And while things are slowly coming back online, the post you are about to read could not be found in the archive file, anywhere. Thanks be to God some intrepid readers (at dclatinmass.com) had saved the post which I had not had...
  • St. John Vianney, Priests, and God’s Armor [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/09/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Kathleen Beckman
    St. John Vianney, Priests, and God’s Armor Kathleen Beckman “When people want to destroy religion they begin by attacking the priest; for when there is no priest, there is no sacrifice: and when there is no sacrifice, there is no religion.”— St. John VianneySt. John Vianney exemplifies a life of sacrificial love, holy boldness and courageous perseverance. His example is absolutely relevant to our day and age. Twenty years ago on pilgrimage to Catholic shrines in France, our group visited the famous village of Ars. Our priest celebrated holy Mass in the same crypt that St. John Vianney offered Mass...
  • Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

    07/14/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands". But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis's exact words. The BBC's David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis' off-the-cuff statements. He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than...
  • Pope Reportedly Says Two Percent of Priests Are Pedophiles, Vatican Balks

    07/14/2014 9:10:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Pope Francis on Sunday was quoted by an Italian newspaper saying that about two percent — or 1 in 50 — of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles, but the Vatican quickly released a statement saying the pontiff had been misquoted. Church officials also said that the journalist who did the story for La Repubblica had a history of having long conversations with public figures without taking notes or taping them, and then reconstructing them from memory. ~snip~ "Many of my collaborators who fight with me (against pedophilia) reassure me with reliable statistics that say that the level of pedophilia in...
  • Boom: Brooklyn preparing to ordain 13, largest class of priests in the United States

    06/24/2014 10:41:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 24, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the In My Backyard Desk, some sensational news, via The Brooklyn Eagle: The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, will ordain 13 men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 28. This group of men, who have served for the past year as transitional deacons, composes the largest class of new priests in the United States. The diocese is thus helping to reverse a long decline in vocations that has led to a shortage of priests within the Roman Catholic Church.The ordination liturgy will take place at the Brooklyn DioceseÂ’s newly renovated...
  • Fight for the rights of the unborn, and think no less of a child born out of wedlock...

    06/15/2014 10:05:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    6/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) Fight for the rights of the unborn. 2.) Think no less of a baby/infant/child brought to you without any parent, without any Godparents, as you do not know the future. Which to you is better: baptizing a baby brought to you by good RC parents,that God knows will grow up to deny your faith and be a hell-raiser, or one that asas no one there with him/her or born out ofof wedlock to lapsed parents that God knows will turn out to be righteous?. Who cares about then and there? God told Samuel that He can see what no...
  • Can an infant be baptized, be raised by believing parents & later turn from the faith?

    06/15/2014 12:52:19 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 290 replies
    6/15/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) An infant is baptized, is raised by believing parents and later when older turns from the faith. 2.) An infant is baptized, has no believing parents to be raised by, and when older doesn't turn from the faith. Given that the antithesis exists for 1 & 2, wouldn't it be prudent for the priest to baptize the fortunate infant as well as the unfortunate, as either could remain faithful when older, show perseverance against high odds, and no priest knows the future - only God Almighty? Given that only God knows the future, perhaps withholding baptism isn't an option...
  • Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? [Ecumenical]

    05/22/2014 8:23:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 116 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | Catholic Answers Staff
    Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? Full QuestionThe New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of "priest"? The New Testament writers seem to understand "bishop" and "presbyter" to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38).  AnswerThe English word "priest" is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as "elder" or "presbyter." The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties...
  • The Vatican’s Real Housewives: 26 Women Petition Pope to Let Priests Marry

    05/20/2014 9:21:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05/20/2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    A group of women claiming to be the secret paramours of priests have written to Pope Francis to urge him to roll back the church’s celibacy requirements. A popular pontiff, Pope Francis receives hundreds of letters every day—but a recent one, signed by 26 women who would like his permission to have sex with their priest-boyfriends, was undoubtedly not like most of the others. The letter, published by La Stampa newspaper’s Vatican Insider website on Sunday, began with a plea for the pontiff to take heart and make celibacy optional for the signatories’ paramours, who happen to be priests. “Dear...
  • A long history in America of portraying Catholic priests as predators

    03/14/2014 8:08:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 27 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 14, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In an article which may be found here, Dr. William Oddie notes that, "Pope Francis has now once again (though to judge by the so far sparse coverage, you’d think he’d never said or done anything before) expressed his abhorrence of clerical sex abuse. Previous popes—indeed most senior clergy—are normally too reticent, however, to do what he has now done as well, that is to say, he has defended the Catholic Church’s record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, by declaring what is now the simple truth: that “no one else has done more” than the Church...
  • Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

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

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

    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 civilization’s backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is...
  • Why are so many priests today refusing to preach on the Rosary?

    02/03/2014 9:15:34 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 53 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 3, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In his Encyclical Letter Ingravescentibus malis, Pope Pius XI insisted that, "Among the various public prayers which we successfully address to the Virgin Mother of God the Holy Rosary occupies a particular and distinct place. In the time of the Crusades one voice, one single supplication arose from all people throughout Europe. See here. Today also, the people must seek by their insistent entreaties to obtain from the powerful Mother of God that the enemies of Christianity and human civilization be deterred, and that true peace may shine upon tired and disturbed men." If this be true - and it...
  • Files Show Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades Of Child Sex Abuse

    01/21/2014 11:02:18 AM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    CBS Chicage ^ | January 21, 2014
    After a 13-year-old boy reported in 1979 that a priest raped and threatened him at gunpoint to keep quiet, the Archdiocese of Chicago assured the boy’s parents that, although the cleric avoided prosecution, he would receive treatment and have no further contact with minors. But the Rev. William Cloutier, who already had been accused of molesting other children, was returned to ministry a year later and went on to abuse again before he resigned in 1993, two years after the boy’s parents filed a lawsuit. Officials took no action against Cloutier over his earliest transgressions because he “sounded repentant,” according...
  • Rise of the exorcists in Catholic Church

    01/05/2014 11:23:19 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 5, 2014 | Nick Squires
    Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil. The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of information readily found on the internet, the Church said.
  • Pope: Church must not turn priests into 'little monsters'

    01/03/2014 1:19:19 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/3/14 | Allesandro Bianchi
    Pope Francis is calling for a change in the culture of seminaries, saying priests who are taught only to toe the line will become "little monsters."
  • 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. I’d 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...
  • Priest Returns From China -- Has Mass Blocked by US Government

    10/30/2013 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    "I had to say Mass in my room," says Father Ray Leonard, recalling the years he served in the Tibetan region of the People's Republic of China. In that country, where the Communist government has created a state-sanctioned facsimile of the Catholic Church and driven faithful Catholics underground, Father Leonard saw firsthand how totalitarians approach religion. "Everything is controlled," he told me in an interview. "If you are part of the public church, what is known as the Patriotic Church, the church which is for the most part governed by the Communist Party, they restrict everything. They restrict the times...
  • Canon lawyers hear from church prosecutor of sex abuse cases

    10/28/2013 7:04:38 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    NCR ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 | Thomas Reese
    The experience of the sexual abuse crisis, hopefully, will "help us become more humble, less arrogant and bossy in our ministry," Bishop Charles Scicluna told members of the Canon Law Society of America on Oct. 16 at their annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif. He described sexual abuse as "an egregious betrayal of sacred trust" that "has the power to stint the normal development of people" and "cause depression, post-traumatic disorders, loss of self-esteem and, most tragically, loss of faith." It "is an expression of the anti-Gospel, a betrayal of the message of compassion and love." Scicluna began working as the...
  • Nienstedt denies any clergy sexual abuse cover-up, regrets 'lost confidence'

    10/24/2013 7:13:40 AM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | October 23, 2013 | Madeleine Baran
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt said he accepts responsibility for addressing the unfolding clergy sexual abuse crisis and regrets that a growing number of parishioners and priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have "lost confidence" in him. However, he denied any abuse cover-up or illegal actions and repeated the archdiocese's claim that there are no offending priests in active ministry. Nienstedt's remarks came in an e-mailed response to questions from MPR News. It's the first time the archbishop has answered questions about the scandal since MPR News began publishing investigative reports in late September. "As...
  • Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

    10/07/2013 3:05:41 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/4/2013 | Alex Pappas
    In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.
  • SALMAGUNDI

    10/05/2013 10:08:36 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 2 replies
    1. Salmagundi is a type of salad that contains a little bit of everything. 2. I have added several more essays to the “The One About…” page, including the one about Sharia Finance, the one about Jesus and Guns and the one about Jesus Christ: Economist. I’ll try to get some more up today. 3. YES, I SAW THAT THE OBAMA REGIME is threatening to arrest any priest chaplain who says Mass. Obviously, every Catholic priest chaplain should IMMEDIATLY go offer the August and Unbloody Holy Sacrifice in the most public way possible every single day and then force the...
  • Obama Eviscerates Troops’ 1st Amend Rights: Threatens Catholic Priests w/Arrest If Minister To Them

    10/05/2013 7:54:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-5-2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    FULL TITLE - "Obama Eviscerates Troops’ 1st Amendment Rights: Threatens Catholic Priests With Arrest If They Minister To Them" Unreal. He’s a monster. The Catholic priests need to come out and challenge this. It’s not enough that Obama is strategically punishing each and every American civilian, he’s going after our troops, too. Obama took the time to make sure Camp David stays open during the shutdown and he had time to pose for a portrait on the third day of the shutdown. Meanwhile, Sunday is near and the military has no priests to perform Sunday service or hear confessions. In...
  • Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

    10/04/2013 3:05:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 136 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-4-2013 | Alex Pappas
    In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown. “With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.” According to its website,...
  • Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

    10/04/2013 1:59:05 PM PDT · by don-o · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 4, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown. “With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”
  • Russian Priests to Get Military Training

    09/27/2013 5:58:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 9/27/13
    MOSCOW, September 27 (RIA Novosti) – A group of Russian Orthodox priests will undergo military training at a Defense Ministry university in Moscow, the Russian army said Friday. The clergymen will undergo a month-long course in military history, war tactics and military regulations of the Russian Armed Forces, as well as how to provide psychological and emotional support to troops, according to a statement by the Central Military District. The statement did not say when the training would take place. The number of chaplains in the Russian Armed Forces has almost tripled in the past two years and currently stands...
  • After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

    09/25/2013 10:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    RNS ^ | September 24, 2013 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    WASHINGTON (RNS) After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades.This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 percent increase since 1995 and a 10 percent jump since 2005, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).Seminary directors cite more encouragement from bishops and parishes, the draw of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the social-justice-minded Pope Francis, and...
  • Will the pope OK married priests?

    09/18/2013 3:41:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Bonfire of the Vanities ^ | September 18, 2013 | FR MARTIN FOX
    Last week, the newly appointed Vatican Secretary of State made news when, in answer to a question about the Church's ancient practice of priestly (and episcopal) celibacy, acknowledged that this was not a dogma, and it was certainly possible to discuss a change in this discipline. The news media predictably made much of this; and for a lot of folks, this seemed to be something new. Well...it's not. I think, if you were to do an Internet search, you'd find that similar comments have been made by someone "high up" in the Church during the reign of the last three...
  • 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...
  • Does The MSM-e Support Female Rabbis & Imams? They Push For Female Priests Within Roman Catholicism

    08/13/2013 11:52:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    8/13/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The MSM-e, hollywood, activist atheists, activists within the Roman Catholic Church (RCC),etc, have been, and are pushing really hard for the Roman Catholic Church to change its stance on not allowing females to serve as priests. I don't see these same usual suspects pushing for greater "inclusiveness," i.e., pushing for Sunni, Shiite, or Sufi Islam to allow female Imams or pushing for female Rabbis within Orthodox Judaism, or even other branches of the same.
  • Forget priests, let’s have some female NFL coaches

    08/02/2013 10:55:30 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 13 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Aug. 2, 2013 | John David Powell
    Since becoming the head guy in The Vatican (www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm), Pope Francis has pulled a bigger beach crowd than the Rolling Stones (www.rollingstones.com), walked through slums, and washed and kissed the feet of prisoners. He even slummed it on his flight out of Rio by talking with reporters covering his trip, but he didn’t wash or kiss their feet. And even though he came out and said it is not his place to judge a gay person who accepts the Lord and has goodwill, there are plenty of women who think he should have said something for the ladies in the...
  • Breaking News: Rome's Gay Clergy [Catholic Caucus}

    06/27/2013 10:11:30 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 17 replies
    ChurchMilitant.TV ^ | 06/27/13 | Michael Voris
    Published on Jun 27, 2013Disturbing news from the Vatican - stay tuned for more details.
  • Vatican Rentboy and Satanism Claims Revealed by Paedophile Priest Don Patrizio Poggi

    06/27/2013 11:24:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 27, 2013 | Umberto Bacchi
    Italian investigators have opened an inquiry into claims by a convicted paedophile priest that an underage prostitution ring has been operating inside the Holy Roman Church with clergymen hiring rentboys for sex inside churches. Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, told Italian authorities that a former Carabinieri pimped boys for nine clergymen. Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing teenage boys while he was a parish priest at the San Filippo Neri church in Rome, said he made the allegations to "protect the Holy Church and the Christian community." The boys were chosen because they were starving and desperate, he claimed,...
  • US: average age of new (Catholic) priests is 32

    05/02/2013 5:45:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    ICN ^ | May 1, 2013
    The average age of men in the USA ordained to the priesthood in 2013 is 32; (on average over the past six years seminarians have been getting slightly younger) two-thirds are Caucasian, and 26 percent carry educational debt.These figures stand out in The Class of 2013: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood, the annual national survey of men being ordained priests for US dioceses and religious communities. The study was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), a Georgetown University-based research center.The report is the 17th annual survey of ordinands commissioned by the Secretariat for Clergy,...
  • Vatican may prohibit female alter (sic) service [Catholic Caucus]

    04/29/2013 7:50:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 88 replies
    ndsmcobserver.com ^ | October 14, 2003/Updated September 2012 | Amanda Michaels
    Vatican may prohibit female alter (sic) service By Michaels, Amanda Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2003Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:09   Only nine years after the Vatican gave women permission to serve beside their male counterparts at the altar, a new proposal threatens to force them back into the crowd. On Sept. 23, the Italian Catholic monthly, "Jesus," released advanced text of an article featuring excerpts from a draft document, or directive, written by the Vatican congregations for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and for the Doctrine of the Faith. Distributed on June 5, the document was an expansion on the papal...
  • At Boston's bombing scene: Catholic priests need not apply

    04/27/2013 7:45:25 AM PDT · by bboop · 41 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 26, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Graham tells me something that I hadn’t heard about Boston Marathon bombing. As dozens of victims were sprawled across Boylston Street, many of them in danger of death, Catholic priests came running to the scene—and were turned away. Doctors and nurses were welcome at the bombing scene. Firefighters and police officers were welcome. But Catholic priests, who might have offered the solace of the sacraments, were not. ”Catholics need not apply.” That slogan was familiar in Boston years ago, before Irish and Italian immigrants took over control of the city. Now, after decades...
  • Cardinal Dolan Honored by Evangelicals for Leadership

    04/25/2013 7:08:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    New York City, N.Y., Apr 24, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York will receive the 2013 William Wilberforce Award this weekend from a group of Christians for his leadership in standing up for religious freedom. “I resonate with Cardinal Dolan as much as any public religious leader in our country today,” Dr. Timothy George, chairman of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview which is bestowing the award, told CNA April 16. “Cardinal Dolan has just been tremendous, he's one of the major leaders not just of the Catholic Church in the United...
  • Archbishop prays while topless gay activists shout curses and douse him with water

    04/25/2013 6:24:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 24, 2013 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    BRUSSELS, April 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an astonshing display of gentleness in the face of a vile attack, the head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, remained calmly seated with eyes closed in prayer Tuesday as four topless women attacked him with shouts and curses and doused him with water.  It’s not the first time the bishop has been attacked for standing up for the Church’s teachings on homosexuality and expressing his concern for those who live the homosexual lifestyle. The incident took place at the ULB University in Brussels where the archbishop was participating...
  • Students Want Anti-Gay Priest Removed from University

    04/05/2013 6:34:56 AM PDT · by massmike · 39 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com/ ^ | 04/05/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Religious liberty groups are mobilizing to defend the chaplain of George Washington University’s Newman Center after gay students launched an effort to have the priest fired because he preaches against homosexuality and abortion. “It’s discrimination against Catholics,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society. “Secular colleges are fast becoming a very unsafe place for Catholics who hold true to their faith. This is a very, very sad situation.” Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen said they want the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion to investigate the priest and they are calling for the student government association to defund...
  • Cardinal......Blames Gay Priests for Abuse Scandals Facing Catholic Church [Turkson]

    02/22/2013 11:03:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2/19/13 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Peter Turkson made the comments to an American journalist He said similar sex scandals would not happen in African churches Cardinal Turkson is second favourite to take over as PopeThe African cardinal widely tipped to be the first black pope in modern history faced a firestorm of criticism last night after he laid the blame for clerical sex abuse crises at the feet of gay priests. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who comes from Ghana, told an American journalist that similar sex scandals would never convulse churches in Africa because the culture was inimical to homosexuality. ‘African traditional systems kind of...
  • Imprisoned Philly priest appeals for bail in higher court

    09/13/2012 11:35:14 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Aug. 16, 2012 | John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
    Lynn is serving 3 to 6 years in state prison after a Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of endangering children when he was secretary for clergy under Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua. Lynn, who managed archdiocesan priests assignments, let one remain in active ministry at a Northeast Philadelphia parish in the 1990s despite concluding that he had once abused a minor. That priest, Edward Avery, later sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PREMONSTRATENSIANS, 09-12-12

    09/12/2012 7:27:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PREMONSTRATENSIANS Canons Regular of Prémontré, also called Norbertines. They were founded in 1120 by St. Norbert at Prémontré, near Laon, France, approved in 1126, and again in 1617-24. Their focus is on solemn liturgical worship, missions, parochial ministry, and the education of youth. Based on the Rule of St. Augustine, with some Cistercian influences, the constitutions include certain austerities, e.g., abstinence from meat. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Priest Admits 14-Year Gay Marriage, Says Forced Celibacy Leads to Abuse

    09/10/2012 8:51:49 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 116 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | July 11,2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Father Bernard Lynch, a homosexual Catholic priest and activist known for defying Vatican teachings, has once again challenged the Roman Catholic Church by revealing that he has been married to a man for the past 14 years. Lynch also blames teachings on celibacy for the child sex abuse cases gripping the Catholic Church.
  • Statement of Michael P. Warsaw...regarding Father Benedict Groeschel: (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/08/2012 5:57:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    EWTN ^ | 9/4/2012 | Michael P. Warsaw
    The recent comments regarding clerical sexual abuse of minors made by Father Benedict Groeschel to a news editor of the National Catholic Register should never have been published. In no way do those comments reflect the views of the Register or EWTN. It should have been obvious to the editor that Father Benedict's physical condition and mental clarity have deteriorated and that the comments were completely inconsistent with his life's work and witness. We apologize that these remarks were published and ask for forgiveness for this error. To regular viewers of EWTN, it has been evident for some time that...
  • Catholic priest blames children for sexual abuse

    09/08/2012 5:07:45 AM PDT · by Renfield · 112 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 8-31-2012 | Greta McClain
    New York - A prominent Catholic priest says he believes “youngsters” are often to blame for sexual abuse by priests and that priests who are first time offenders should not be jailed for their crime. Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, is well known as the host of Sunday Night Prime with Father Benedict Groeschel, a weekly show on Catholic television network EWTN. It was not what he said on his television show that has sparked controversy however, it is comments he made in an interview with the National Catholic Register that has outraged many. According...
  • Vatican Win: Judge Says Priests Aren't Employees

    08/21/2012 6:59:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/20/12 | Nigel Duara
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Vatican won a major victory Monday in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled that the Holy See is not the employer of molester priests. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ends a six-year question in the decade-old case and could shield the Vatican from possible monetary damages. The original lawsuit was filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man who said the Rev. Andrew Ronan repeatedly molested him in the late 1960s. The plaintiff tried to show that Ronan and all priests are employees of the Vatican, which is therefore liable...