Remembering “the people’s priest” of the Bronx

Every now and then, we receive a blessed reminder of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Here’s one, from the New York Times: The Rev. John C. Flynn could have been a monsignor, but as he told the story in later years, he refused the elevation because he already held a [Read More...]

A shore thing: Philadelphia sells vacation home for priests

Details:  A vacation house at the South Jersey shore used by generations of elderly priests was sold at auction by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for $4.5 million Sept. 15. Steve and Ilene Berger of Newtown Square won the bidding at $4.125 million for Villa St. Joseph by the Sea, a 19-room, 9,800-square-foot mansion in Ventnor, [Read More...]

“Catholic” but not “Roman Catholic”: a priest from the “United American Catholic Church” responds

You may remember that I wrote about Rev. William Freeman last month, in a post about Catholic weddings.   Though I quoted extensively from his own website, and used his own words, he took issue with my conclusions, and asked for an opportunity to respond. I agreed. You can read his essay here.  I think [Read More...]

Reversal: Accused Joliet priest who was returned to ministry is removed … again

You may remember this item from last week.  Well…the priest is now, once again, out: The Rev. F. Lee Ryan has been removed from public ministry again. Ryan, 79, who has been accused of inappropriate relations with a minor four decades ago, was put back into limited ministry last week after a ruling from the [Read More...]

Canada mourns a priest who wore wigs, taught in gibberish, and wore bunny ears for Easter

Details: Monsignor Fee Otterson was a playful soul who once showed up to a family barbecue in a horrendous wig, once officiated an Easter service in bunny ears. He would lead drama classes in gibberish to challenge the communication skills of students. He walked school hallways wearing the red-and-white striped hat of Cat in the [Read More...]

“More young men are coming to the diocese to enter seminary than in two generations”

The story may be different on the coasts. But in Missouri and Kansas, it seems, vocations are going strong: Seven men were ordained this year in the diocese, the largest single-year number in the last 30, said a somewhat mystified but definitely pleased Monsignor Bradley Offutt, diocesan vicar general. Also, 10 men are beginning studying [Read More...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel steps down from hosting EWTN show

From Catholic News Agency: Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as host of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors. “Father Benedict has led a life of tremendous compassion and service to others and his spiritual insights have been a great gift [Read More...]

What do you do after you leave the priesthood to get married?

Religious News Service has a look at one man’s story: Nationwide, about 80 Protestant clergy have left to become Catholic priests, according to research from Catholic University in Washington. Some Eastern Rite Catholic churches, which are loyal to Rome, ordain married men. And after 1980, the Vatican allowed Protestant clergy who converted to Catholicism to [Read More...]

“We sin when we put priests on pedestals and idolize them…”

From the great Joanne McPortland: The thing is, we sin when we put priests on pedestals and idolize them. I think that’s what Jesus cautioned against when he told us to call no man father. Yes, priests are due the respect of their office—as is every person made in God’s image. But holiness is not [Read More...]

Archbishop rebukes priest who took part in same sex wedding

A Catholic blogger in Brooklyn has a followup to this story from a couple weekends ago: Statement from the Archdiocese of Hartford regarding Fr. Michael DeVito August 24, 2012: Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has met with Father Michael DeVito regarding the priest’s participation in a same-sex marriage ceremony involving a cousin in New York City [Read More...]


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