Snapshot: how Ohio is coping with priest shortage, changing demographics

An interesting microcosm of what is happening all over, from the Dayton Daily News:  A looming shortage of active priests means that parishoners across the region — and around the U.S. — will be worshipping together more closely. Church leaders have been forced to reorganize and in some cases, churches and schools have been closed when as [Read More...]

From Iowa family man to Catholic priest

And, along the way, he was also a permanent deacon. Details, from the Gazette: The Rev. Steve Witt has been a husband and a father. Now he’s a father, as in black shirt and white collar. Newly ordained in the Davenport Diocese of the Catholic Church, Witt’s experiences with marriage, parenting and losing a spouse are [Read More...]

Philly stunner: convicted priest at center of Lynn case recants

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:  Ten months ago, defrocked Catholic priest Edward V. Avery began serving a sentence of 21/2 to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a 10-year-old altar boy from the Northeast. On Thursday, Avery, 70, returned to a Philadelphia courtroom and recanted his guilty plea – denying any contact [Read More...]

Connecticut priest charged in meth ring —UPDATED

Details:  A Connecticut priest was part of a cross-country drug ring that smuggled crystal meth from California into the well-heeled hamlets of Fairfield County, federal prosecutors said. Monsignor Kevin Wallin, a former pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, sold meth to undercover narcs six times since September 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. [Read More...]

Vatican preparing guide for priests on how to celebrate Mass

This could have interesting ramifications, judging from the comments below. From Zenit:  The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is preparing a booklet to help priests celebrate the Mass properly and the faithful to participate better, according to the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Cardinal Antonio Cañizares confirmed this [Read More...]

Something to chew on for Vocation Awareness Week

From the Facebook page of a friend who was ordained a priest last year: On the day of my ordination I was made a Priest. Now I spend the rest of my life becoming a Priest. Or, as a wiser person than myself has noted: God loves us into being, and creates each of us [Read More...]

“We listen, and God moves us forward…”

My friend, the Trappist priest James Stephen Behrens at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Georgia, published the following reflection on time, and starting a new year, in the local paper. A snip:  Looking back is a common experience as a new year approaches. Nostalgia warms the heart as it evokes the past, making [Read More...]

“Ordain a lady!”

My blog neighbor Marc Barnes posted the video below at his joint, “Bad Catholic” and noted: This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church. If I had tried to stick my tongue out at the kids who think a female priest isn’t a contradiction in terms, I wouldn’t have been [Read More...]

Historic: dual ordination of priests and deacons

Details from the Catholic Transcript:  Tears of joy flowed among family members and others as the Archdiocese of Hartford welcomed three men to the priesthood and five men to the transitional diaconate during a two-and-a-half-hour ceremony Dec. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. It was the first dual ordination of priests and deacons performed [Read More...]

Pray for this priest…

You’ve seen his picture, the young man in the middle shown here, next to Newtown’s Msgr. Weiss.  Now, hear his story: (H/T Mark Shea and Tom Crowe) The following comes from the priest’s sister: My friends, All of you, I am sure, have heard so much about the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Many of you [Read More...]


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