Cleveland bishop excommunicates priest

This doesn’t happen very often, but it happened yesterday in Ohio:  The Rev. Robert Marrone, who broke away from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland after Bishop Richard Lennon closed his downtown church in 2010, has been excommunicated, according to a statement issued by the diocese Tuesday. Lennon said in the statement that Marrone violated terms of a [Read More...]

A married priest writes about the “c word”: celibacy

Take it away, Fr. Dwight:  I can speak from experience. I was a celibate Anglican priest for seven years. Then I got married. I was a married Anglican priest for three years. Then we joined the Catholic church. I was in the married state as a layman for ten years. Now I am a married [Read More...]

British cardinal argues for married priests—UPDATED

Details:  Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry and have children, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric said Friday. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who heads the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said the requirement for priestly celibacy is “not of divine origin” and could be reconsidered. He told BBC Scotland that “the celibacy of the clergy, [Read More...]

In Philadelphia, deacons will witness marriages and wear the collar—UPDATED

A deacon in the City of Brotherly Love sent me an e-mail about a little brotherly love from the archbishop. Below is the text of a letter sent to the priests and deacons of Philadelphia: February 13, 2013  Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, An important part of the life and work of the Church [Read More...]

“People are literally fighting over who gets to give me communion…”

That’s one of the more bizarre quotes by an excommunicated Ohio woman who yesterday attempted ordination as a Catholic priest. Get Religion notes that the Toledo Blade did a better-than-average job of covering the run-up to this event; the paper actually mentioned prominently that Beverly Bingle’s ordination was not recognized by the Catholic Church, and [Read More...]

Benedictine artist Father Maur van Doorslaer dies

You have probably seen his work in gift shops or churches and not even realized it.  The image above —depicting The Last Supper— shows his distinctive, simple style. Details, from the Los Angeles Times: Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life. For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in [Read More...]

Why not women priests?

Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych, Theologian to the Papal Household, offers his thoughts, in this video from CNS. [Read more...]

How married priests live—UPDATED

Reading about the new married priest in Buffalo, and thinking of other priests in similar circumstances, a reader gripes: As my wife pointed out, this guy at 65 …with no pension…will now camp in a free rectory with free utilities, a car and stipends… Whoa. Not exactly. I contacted the Anglican Ordinariate. A source there clarified: Some, [Read More...]

A new book in favor of priestly celibacy

With a new married priest in Buffalo getting so much buzz, I was intrigued by this item, which moved on Zenit two days ago: Why can’t priests marry? It’s a question people often ask and the requirement of celibacy has also been blamed as one of the causes of sexual abuse by priests. A recently [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Buffalo’s new married priest

Father John Cornelius, the first married priest in the Diocese of Buffalo, gives communion to his wife at yesterday’s ordination.  The New York Daily News has a complete write-up. [Read more...]