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  • GRAPHIC: 3 Priests Kidnapped and Murdered in Mexico Within Week

    09/27/2016 1:07:02 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Sep 2016 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Three priests with the Catholic Church have been kidnapped and murdered in Mexico in less than a week. The high profile murders mark the latest chapter in Mexicos ongoing crime wave that continues to spread. The most recent murder took place the week of September 19 in the Mexican state of Michoacn when authorities confirmed the kidnapping and murder of Rev. Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen. Over the weekend, the Michoacn Attorney Generals Office confirmed the discovery of Lopez body in a rural area called las Guayabas. Days before the kidnapping of Lopez, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, a group...
  • Be the Salt and Light of change for Jesus [charismatic caucus]

    09/08/2016 1:15:17 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    My opposition is you, the enemy has no chance against Me in any arena! So do not fear or give in to them but continue to take back My land for this land is the hearts of those yet to be saved. I am not found where a talent is wasted for it shall be given to another . . . My Kingdom is expanding not lukewarm and so as My Mighty Ones push right through the enemy lines, you will find me with those that press into ME for as they gather together to hear ME speak it is...
  • The Myth of Pedophile Priests 17 Things You May Not Know

    08/11/2016 9:07:57 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 71 replies ^ | 08/09/2016 | Fr. Richard Heilman
    1.Priestly celibacy is not the issue married men are more likely to abuse children than unmarried 2.Most child abuse takes place within the home. 3.All religious groups have pedophile scandals, and the Catholics (while the largest religious group) are at the bottom of the list statistically. 4.Child abuse is prevalent in all areas of society: schools, youth organizations, sports, etc. 5.Statistically, of all the professions, Christian clergy are least likely to offend. Doctors, Farmers and Teachers are the professions most likely to abuse childrennot clergy. 6.Among clergy offenders Catholic priests are least likely to offend. 7.Catholic cases of pedophilia...
  • Priest in Belgium Stabbed 'By Asylum Seeker In His Own Home After Letting Him In To Use Shower'

    07/31/2016 2:40:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 21:21, 31 JUL 2016 | Richard Wheatstone
    Jos Vanderlee, 65, suffered injuries during a robbery in Lanaken, Belgium, at around 2.40pm local time this afternoon Priest in Belgium stabbed 'by asylum seeker in his own home after letting him in to use shower' Jos Vanderlee, 65, suffered injuries to his hands during a robbery in Lanaken, Belgium, at around 2.40pm local time this afternoon Jos VanderleeThe priest has been named locally as Jos Vanderlee, 65 A priest has been stabbed in his own home by an asylum seeker he allowed in to use his shower - according to local prosecutors. The priest - named locally as 65-year-old...
  • Elderly priest, 86, is 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen shouting 'Allahu Akbar'

    07/26/2016 6:13:03 AM PDT · by orchestra · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/26/2016 | Peter Allen In France and Julian Robinson
    Elderly priest, 86, is 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen shouting 'Allahu Akbar' after they took nuns and worshippers hostage at French church: Police shoot both attackers dead then search for bombs: A priest has been 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen who cut his throat after bursting into a French church and taking nuns and worshippers hostage before being shot dead by police. Five people including the 86-year-old priest, two nuns and two parishioners were held by assailants who raided the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy during morning mass at 9am. The clergyman, named as Jacques Hamel, is believed...
  • Elderly priest, 86, is 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen shouting 'Allahu Akbar' at French church

    07/26/2016 6:30:53 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 97 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 27, 2016 | Peter Allen
    Elderly priest, 86, is 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen shouting 'Allahu Akbar' after they took nuns and worshippers hostage at French church: Police shoot both attackers dead then search for bombs Priest had throat cut while another hostage is fighting for life after knifemen burst into Normandy church at 9am Reports that one of the attackers shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as they launched attack at Gambetta Church near Rouen Vatican has condemned the 'barbaric' killing of the 86-year-old priest and an anti-terror investigation is underway ISIS claim responsibility for the atrocity while Francois Hollande says France is 'at war' with the...
  • Last Priest from Dachau Concentration Camp Dies at 102

    06/14/2016 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies ^ | June 14, 2016 | John Burger
    The last Catholic priest to have been imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp has died at age 102. Father Hermann Scheipers was a young priest in 1940 when he was arrested by the Nazis and taken to the camp, near Munich. Dachau had a large population of priests: some 95% of the 2,720 clergymen imprisoned there were Catholic. Father Scheipers died June 2 in Ochtrup in Mnsterland, the same town where he was born on July 24, 1913. His work among young people, soon after his ordination, drew the attention of the Nazis. An obituary at KNA, a German Catholic...

    05/03/2016 5:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies ^ | 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...
  • Everyone mistook a priest for a KKK member (Indiana University)

    04/06/2016 6:13:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    Rumors of a klansman on campus have proven false after a priest innocently made his way through Bloomington. Last night around 9:15 PM, social media became a furious storm of confusion regarding a man in white robes roaming along 10th St. and purportedly armed with a whip. Students thought the white robes indicated Klu Klux Klan affiliation. In the spirit of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers, students were quick to look out for each other by spreading word of this potential safety risk. For instance, Eigenmann RA Ethan Gill notified his residents via email of the perceived threat in interest of their...
  • Chicago Archdiocese to Close Parishes Due to Priest Shortage

    02/06/2016 4:38:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | 2/5/16 | AP
    (AP) - The Archdiocese of Chicago expects to close an undetermined number of parishes in coming years due largely to a shortage of priests. Archbishop Blase Cupich outlined a "multi-year planning process" in a column in this week's archdiocesan newsletter, Catholic New World. He says "demographics have shifted dramatically" in recent decades, buildings are in disrepair and fewer priests means resources are spread too thinly. Cupich says by the time the process is complete "we will mourn together the loss of some parishes."
  • Leaps of Faith: Why Indians are Signing Up as Catholic Priests

    12/20/2015 2:13:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 12/20/15 | Apoorva Dutt
    For five years, Omar Fernandes worked as a member of the ground staff at the Mumbai airport. The end of each day was marked by coffee and conversations with colleagues. "Most of the men I worked with were in their 40s and 50s," says the 30-year-old. "They would talk about how miserable they were at work, how they were struggling to provide for their families. It seemed like such a hard life." These conversations began to crystallise his resolve to become a priest. It's something he'd been thinking about for four years already. "I was 24 when I got my...
  • North Korea Agrees Regular Visits by South Catholic Priests

    12/09/2015 6:21:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/7/15
    South Korea's Catholic Church announced on Monday it had reached agreement with North Korea to send priests there on "a regular basis," seeking an opening in a country with a long history of tight religious control, AFP reported. The agreement, which should see priests leading services in Pyongyang on major holy days from next year, followed a visit to the North Korean capital by South Korean bishops last week. The announcement by the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Korea (CBCK) came at the end of a 4-day visit to North Korea by a delegation of 4 bishops and 13 priests, on...
  • Three Murdered European Priests Beatified in Peru

    12/07/2015 6:27:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/7/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two Poles and one Italian were killed by Shining Path guerrillas in 1991Three European missionary priests killed by Shining Path terrorists in Peru in 1991 have been beatified. According to Associated Press, 30,000 people attended the beatification ceremony for Franciscans Fathers Michal Tomaszek and Zbigniew Strzalkowski of Poland and Fr Alessandro Dordi of Italy in a stadium in Chimbote, in northern Peru, on Saturday. Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over the ceremony and there were representatives from all of the dioceses of Peru and groups from Poland and Italy. Father Zbigniew, 32, and Fr Michal, 30, were killed on August...
  • Nun Excommunicated for Becoming a Priest

    10/29/2015 7:40:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 29, 2015 | Katie Zavadski
    When Letitia “Tish” Rawles was ordained as a Catholic priest in April, it was the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of yearning—and a practical fix to ministering to the sick and dying at her Cincinnati assisted living facility, where it was often hard to find a priest to administer last rites. “I’ve wanted to be a priest since... probably the fourth grade, as soon as I started attending Catholic school,” she told The Daily Beast. “I always wondered why there were no women at the altar, only men.” But Rawles didn’t know any female priests then, so she became a...
  • Priests needed: As (Catholic) Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

    06/15/2015 2:33:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | January 12, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And this poses a challenge: With an overall growth in the number of Catholics, especially in Africa and Asia, but not enough growth in the number of parishes and priests to supplement it, there are fewer opportunities for Catholics to receive the sacraments...
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported very constructive talks with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

    02/27/2015 7:49:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome forty years ago, the Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen admonished the priests of his day with these words:We become real priests when we empty ourselves, and no longer seek our [own] identity, and where we are lifted up to the cross, not going "down to people" Too many of us today feel we have to be loved $B!D (J [thinking] the young will not love us unless we talk like them, eat like them, drink like them, clothe ourselves...
  • 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...
  • Maine Catholic Church looks home, abroad for new crop of priests

    04/03/2015 7:29:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Judy Harrison,Nick McCrea,BDN Staff
    In coastal Maine, a youthful priest from Nigeria now tends to parishes long comprising millworker and fishing families, a stark reflection of how the Catholic Church is changing both here and across the globe.
  • 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...
  • Why Priests Are Called Father

    02/09/2015 2:55:55 PM PST · by NYer · 79 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 5, 2015 | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    Q: A Baptist friend asked me, “Why do we call priests ‘Father’ when Jesus told us not to call anyone on earth ‘father?'” How would you answer this question?This question refers to Jesus’s teaching found in the Gospel of St. Matthew, when He said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father. Only One is your Father, the One in heaven” (Mt 23:9). Taken literally, we would have to wonder why we do use this title “Father” when Jesus seems to forbid it. First, we must remember the context of the passage. Jesus is addressing the hypocrisy of the...
  • 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...
  • Israel's Irrevocable Gifts...Romans 9-11 pt 2

    I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.(Romans 9:1-5)...
  • Call No Man Your "Father," Especially on Facebook

    01/29/2015 1:14:31 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aleteia ^ | January 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Father Peter West has been a priest for almost 25 years, but this week he became simply “Peter West” again. At least on Facebook. Father West, if we may call him that, said he went to log on to the social media site Tuesday and was blocked because his user name included the title “Father.” In truth, Facebook has long had a policy restricting members from using professional titles. “Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities,” its policy explains. “We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know...
  • The Priesthood in England - Part 3

    01/22/2015 5:36:19 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 2 replies
    Biblical Anthropology ^ | January 22, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    Mining in Cornwall and Devon in the south west of England began as early as 2150 BC. The Ding Dong mine is one of the oldest mines in Cornwall. An old miner told A. K. Hamilton Jenkin in the early 1940's: "Why, they do say there's only one mine in Cornwall older than Dolcoath, and that's Ding Dong, which was worked before the time of Jesus Christ." (Hamilton Jenkin, A. K. Cornwall and its People. London: J. M. Dent; p. 347) Hawkins, Christopher Hawkins wrote a book titled Observations on the Tin Trade of the Ancients in Cornwall (1811) in...
  • The Priesthood in England - Part 2

    01/22/2015 5:18:09 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 6 replies
    Biblical Anthropology ^ | January 22, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    In Part 1 we considered the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox accounts of the origins of the Church of England. The information provided in Part 1 was taken from official websites of each of these branches of the catholic Faith. There is only point on which all three accounts agree: Augustine was the official representative of Rome and was based in Canterbury. So it is that the Britons were claimed as a Roman franchise. That historical reality has had ramifications beyond Henry VIII and the Reformation. The Roman narrative has dominated the conversation for so long that the deficiencies...
  • Rethinking "Biblical Equality"

    01/17/2015 4:36:34 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 13 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | January 3, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    When people speak of "Biblical equality" I am immediately suspicious of their interpretation of Scripture. Usually, on closer examination, I discover they are proponents of the complementarian doctrine, which imposes dualism on the Scriptures. The complementarian doctrine holds that men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities in marriage, family life, and religious leadership. It is a soft form of the egalitarian doctrine held by feminists. In both views women are granted the role of priest. Neither of these views aligns with Biblical doctrine on gender distinctions. Not a single priest named in Scripture was a woman. Since...
  • 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 ^ | n/a |
    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 had saved the post which I had not had...
  • St. John Vianney, Priests, and Gods Armor [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/09/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 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 Diocese’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 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 Vaticans 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 churchs celibacy requirements. A popular pontiff, Pope Francis receives hundreds of letters every daybut 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 newspapers 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, youd think hed never said or done anything before) expressed his abhorrence of clerical sex abuse. Previous popesindeed most senior clergyare normally too reticent, however, to do what he has now done as well, that is to say, he has defended the Catholic Churchs 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 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...
  • 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 boys 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 boys 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. 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...
  • Priest Returns From China -- Has Mass Blocked by US Government

    10/30/2013 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | 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...