Archbishop sanctions priest who attended woman’s ordination conference

You saw the video of the conference’s closing liturgy here.  Now, a priest who took part in the gathering is in hot water:  Two days after appearing at a women’s ordination conference in Philadelphia, Precious Blood Fr. Jack McClure said today he has been told he can no longer celebrate Mass at Most Holy Redeemer parish [Read More…]

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“Long before I became a priest, I encouraged my girlfriend to have an abortion…”

Here’s something you don’t read every day, from Aleteia:  I write today as a priest who was guilty of an abortion decades ago. No sooner had I heard about Pope Francis’ letter giving universal faculties to priests to absolve the sin of abortion and lift any excommunication, did I find myself being interviewed on the [Read More…]

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A family that still prays together: Florida deacon’s son becomes a pastor

Back in the early days of my blog, I posted this great story about Deacon Michael Nixon and Deacon Michael Nixon: The Nixon family of Blessed Sacrament Parish here already had two Michaels, father and son. Now both of them are deacons and both go by Deacon Michael Nixon. But instead of dwelling on confusion [Read More…]

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Another married Anglican priest ordained for the Catholic Church

This time, in Canada:  The number of Catholic priests in Canada has fallen sharply in recent decades, so any ordination is a rare event. But Friday’s example of the sacrament in Saint John was particularly unusual — because the new priest was surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “It’s something that I’ve wanted [Read More…]

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Pope Francis tells priests if they aren’t merciful, stay out of the confessional

From CNS: To be a true Christian means being forgiving, kind, humble, gentle, generous, merciful and very patient with one another, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Priests must be especially merciful, he added, saying if that they weren’t, then they should ask their bishop for a desk job and “never walk into a [Read More…]

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Bishop seeks to answer question: how much should priests be paid?

I’ve never heard of a diocese doing something like this before—or, at least, being so candid about it. But the Diocese of Providence has undertaken a study to determine appropriate compensation for its priests. From Providence’s Bishop Thomas Tobin in Aleteia: Diocesan priests, unlike priests in religious communities, do not take a vow of poverty. [Read More…]

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A Catholic Worker responds to the scandal in Des Moines: “There is an underlying clericalism I find deeply disturbing”

You may remember this story from last week—wherein a bishop moved to forbid Mass at a Catholic Worker house in Iowa, after a “woman priest” presided at a liturgy there—and now my blog neighbor Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble has an interesting followup. This comes from Charles Beard, who is part of a Catholic Worker community in [Read More…]

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For Year of Mercy, pope allows all priests to grant absolution for abortion, permits confession with SSPX priests

From a long letter on the jubilee issued today: The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in [Read More…]

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What happened when a layman wore a cassock

Fascinating:  Esquire Magazine – not a publication ChurchPOP would normally recommend reading – published a fascinating article on August 24th titled “What Happened When I Dressed Like a Priest: An investigation into the power of the uniform.” The author decided to do an experiment to test the power of various uniforms. He bought four: the [Read More…]

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New rector named to replace Robert Barron at Mundelein

From The Archdiocese of Chicago website: Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, today announced the appointment of Rev. John Francis Kartje as the rector / president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, effective August 28, 2015. Archbishop Cupich made the announcement this evening at the conclusion of the Mass of [Read More…]

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