Jimmy Carter Links Catholic All-Male Priesthood to “Human Rights Abuse”

From an interview with TIME magazine: I think there’s a slow, very slow, move around the world to give women equal rights in the eyes of God. What has been the case for many centuries is that the great religions, the major religions, have discriminated against women in a very abusive fashion and set an [Read More…]

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Fr. George Rutler Reassigned

The well-known priest—an Episcopal convert, staunch traditionalist and a familiar fixture on EWTN—is leaving the parish he’s pastored for nearly a dozen years. Rutler broke the news in his parish bulletin:  Writing a weekly message to you is a challenge even under ordinary circumstances, because the cruel regimen of the printer requires that it be [Read More…]

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Priest Develops App to Let His Flock Know When He’s Hearing Confessions

Details:  God may be omnipresent — but His priests aren’t. So a holy man in Madison, Wisc., has turned to app development, along with divine guidance, to find a better way to tend to the needs of his 800-family flock. Father Richard Heilman is launching a My Confessor App that will let his parishioners know [Read More…]

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For Father’s Day: Father-Son Clergy in Kansas!

Details:  The ordination of 10 men as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Salina includes a man whose son is studying for the priesthood. That will be a first in the diocese and an event that both Ron Lehman and his son Brent of Manhattan are eagerly awaiting. “I’m excited to see it happen. It’s [Read More…]

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A New Priest Looks Back: “This Year Has Been the Best of My Life…”

My friend and blog neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy marks a milestone:  One year ago today I was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ by Bishop William Murphy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  I celebrated the 11am Mass this morning here in my parish with the parishioners and many friends and family present. I’ve [Read More…]

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What Should You Give a Newly Ordained Priest (or Deacon)?

Over on his Facebook page, Fr. James Martin has some ideas: The best gift of all is your love and prayers, but in case you want to supplement that, the most useful gifts (in my experience) are as follows, in order of cost. (By the way, none of the following companies put me up to [Read More…]

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Beauty and the Priest: Revisiting a 50-year-old Texas Murder Case

A fascinating case worthy of “Law and Order,” via CNN:   All evidence pointed police to one conclusion: A priest had killed a beautiful 25-year-old schoolteacher. Searchers had found the lifeless body of former Miss South Texas, Irene Garza, face down in a canal in her hometown of McAllen. She’d disappeared on the day before Easter [Read More…]

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A Priest’s Advice to the Newly Ordained

There’s a lot of wisdom here—and a lot of it, I think, could apply to deacons, as well. Since we are smack in the middle of ordination season, here’s some fraternal advice from Rev. Damian J. Ference, a priest of the diocese of Cleveland: I just celebrated my 10th anniversary of ordination two weeks ago, and [Read More…]

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Fr. Andrew Greeley Dies

Details:  The Rev. Andrew Greeley, the outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist known for his deeply researched academic appraisals and sometimes scathing critiques of his church, died Wednesday night, several years after fracturing his skull in a freakish fall. The Rev. Greeley died in his sleep at his apartment at the John Hancock [Read More…]

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Who’s the Longest-Serving Priest in the United States?

Well, here’s a look at one who’s up there, and holds at least one distinction among many: Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh is one of 22 members of Holy Cross celebrating anniversaries of Ordination or Religious Profession during this year’s Jubilee. A celebratory Mass is scheduled for today at the Basilica of the Sacred [Read More…]

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