Brazilian bishop calls for ordination of married “elders” to solve priest shortage in his country

Details: The largest Roman Catholic geographical district in Brazil, located deep in the Amazon along the Xingu River, has more than 800 Catholic congregations but only 27 priests. Bishop Erwin Krautler, prelate of Xingu (pronounced Shin-goo), has argued that the situation calls for drastic measures. In April, he took his case to the Vatican, where [Read More...]

“We are overjoyed”: reaction to pope lifting ban on ordaining married men as Eastern Catholic priests

This news got a lot of attention earlier in the week, and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive: The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation [Read More...]

Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s surprising comment on ordaining women

I guess I wasn’t the only one who did a double-take when I heard this on “60 Minutes” Sunday night: Catholics who thought Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s remarks about Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn’s suitability for office were provocative have another interesting comment to ponder: If he were to start a church, he would “love [Read More...]

Meet the Catholic priest risking his life to save Muslims

A remarkable and inspiring witness, from The Guardian: The test of faith for which Father Bernard Kinvi had waited half his life arrived one January dawn when a heavily armed man with a necklace of talismans pulled up on a motorbike outside the Roman Catholic mission hospital in Bossemptele. Despite being a member of the [Read More...]

Exonerated: after 10 years, priest cleared of sex abuse allegations, restored to ministry

From AP:  A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade of investigation and is once more considered a priest in good standing with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Monday. The decision to reinstate Msgr. Richard Loomis is rare — particularly [Read More...]

NY Times: Support groups spring up for women in love with priests

Oh brother:  They had not planned on falling in love, but they did. They did not want to become the objects of malicious gossip, but they are. They had not imagined living a life of furtive affections and secret rendezvous, but that is what has happened since the woman and the priest defied a Roman Catholic [Read More...]

Minneapolis pastor hosts controversial priest, cites pope “wanting a mess”

Somehow, I think we’ll be hearing more stories like this one:  A south Minneapolis church plans to bring in controversial Irish Redemptorist priest Tony Flannery to speak on Wednesday, despite warnings from Archbishop John Nienstedt. And the church’s pastor is using the words of a powerful church leader to justify it: Pope Francis. Father Mike Tegeder, pastor [Read More...]

Must-see video: “What we’re really hungering for is God”

A priest with the Congregation of Holy Cross sent this my way, with this note: Our Vocations Office, with a film team from California, has been working hard over the past several months to produce a short video about Final Vows. I think there has been–and rightfully so–some good media produced on the topic of [Read More...]

UPDATE: Kidnapped priest released

From The Catholic Herald:  A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamists in Syria has been released, according to the Custody of the Holy Land. Fr Hanna Jallouf, a Syrian, was taken captive in Tuesday by the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra front, along with 20 parishioners. In a statement the Custody of the Holy Land, the head of [Read More...]

Parish priest, 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria

From Reuters:  A parish priest and a number of Christians have been kidnapped from a Syrian village near the border with Turkey, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said on Tuesday. The Latin Patriarchate, which oversees Latin Church Catholics in Israel and neighbouring countries, said Father Hanna Jallouf had been kidnapped on the night of Oct. [Read More...]


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