RIP, Fr. Pat Malone: “Nothing seems to stop the force of compassion”

I read today of the death of Fr. Pat Malone, S.J.—a man my own age, lost to leukemia. His obituary tells of a life well-lived, one that touched so many, especially workers at Ground Zero in the weeks after 9/11. He maintained a blog. Shortly after Easter, probably knowing that his life was drawing to [Read More...]

“God was not done with Gerald Robinson, the priest who could no longer minister”

A deacon friend sent this my way: it’s the text of the funeral homily for Fr. Gerald Robinson, the Ohio priest who was convicted in the 1980 killing of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. The homily–extraordinary by any measure–was preached by Fr. Thomas Extejt and is reprinted here with his permission.  +++ First, I would like to offer [Read More...]

“Marriage is not the magic bullet for the lack of vocations”

I raised some questions about this several days back, and now my blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker—himself, a married priest—weighs in over at Zenit:  It would certainly seem, at first glance, to solve a lot of problems, not only in the developed countries where, arguably, the mandatory vow of celibacy is one of the greatest deterrents [Read More...]

UPDATE: Priest who shamed unwed mother at baptism faces probe, sanctions

Details: A priest who was caught on video shaming a single mother before the baptism of her baby in Cebu last Sunday now faces an investigation and sanctions from his own religious order. In a statement, the Congregatio Redemptoris said it was deeply saddened over the incident at the Sacred Heart Chaplaincy in Mandaue City [Read More...]

Baton Rouge Diocese condemns ruling that could compel a priest to testify about confession

From NOLA.com:  The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner. [Read More...]

Summer break? Not for these seminarians

David Gibson has the scoop at RNS: “How many of you have ever studied a parish budget?” the Rev. David Couturier asked the 11 Catholic priests-in-training seated before him. After a few beats, just one hand went up, tentatively. “That’s not unusual,” Couturier told them. “Just unfortunate.” It’s also why these seminarians were in a classroom [Read More...]

“Your vocation is not about you”

Good stuff here:  It is quite traditional and correct to speak of “discerning a vocation” – particularly to consecrated life or the priesthood, though also in regard to marriage, careers, and other major commitments. In modern Western culture, however, the idea of vocational discernment has become problematic, producing unnecessary indecision and anxiety. The problem is not [Read More...]

Priest convicted of killing nun dies in hospice

You may remember this story from a couple weeks back. Now, the final chapter:  A Roman Catholic priest convicted of stabbing and strangling a nun 34 years ago in a hospital chapel will receive a funeral Mass, a church official said Saturday. The Rev. Gerald Robinson remained an ordained priest after his conviction and his [Read More...]

In the email: “How would a parish take on our family if my husband were a priest?”

A reader sent me the following e-mail, which is an important follow-up on this post regarding married priests:  I have a mentally ill son. He has been difficult to deal with since he was 3, and has been hospitalized twice since he was 15 (he’s 17 now). Our home life is very difficult because of [Read More...]

Archbishop Nienstedt under investigation for sexual relationships; he calls allegations “absolutely false”

Details from Religion News Service:  A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships with priests, seminarians and other men. The investigation of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt is [Read More...]


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