Meet the priest serving “the most reviled congregation in the country”

That would be the U.S. House of Representatives — and the priest who serves as that august body’s chaplain was recently interviewed about his job: After almost a year as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, which The New York Times called “one of the most reviled congregations in the country,” the Rev. Patrick Conroy [Read More...]

Australian priest admits being secretly married for a year

Details: A Catholic priest in Australia has publicly admitted that he has been married for a year and claimed “there are more like me.” “So I’ve fallen in love and I’ve got married and it’s outside of most people’s awareness, but I’m sure people within the church could have had a suspicion,” Father Kevin Lee told [Read More...]

Kilimanjaro-climbing Iowa priest nominated to medical board

You may remember the story about Msgr. Frank Bognanno, who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro recently.  He’s also a cancer survivor. Now he’s in the news again: Three weeks after the Iowa Senate rejected a Dubuque anti-abortion activist for a seat on Iowa Board of Medicine, Gov. Terry Branstad has nominated a prominent Catholic priest for the [Read More...]

Forgive us our debts: a Catholic priest writes…

The note below arrived in my e-mail tonight.   It sheds more light on what many priests — and the people they serve — are living with these days.  Dcn. G. +++ In response to this post on finances, I would like to share a few things. In my diocese – Midwest – we can [Read More...]

UPDATE: Fr. Everett Hemann dies

Some of you may remember this story about the Iowa priest diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and how he preached a message of “finding the joy” in the last months of his life. A reader sent me an e-mail, alerting me that Father Everett Hemann died Tuesday evening.  He was 66. Watch the final interview with [Read More...]

A former priest’s confession: how I ended up drowning in debt

A cautionary tale from financial expert Philip Cioppa — who just happens to be a former priest: Most of you don’t know it, but for 18½ years I served as a Roman Catholic priest. In 2001, I left the priesthood in excellent standing to pursue other avenues in life. When I left however, I was [Read More...]

Diocese’s newest priest dies one week after ordination

My blogging neighbor Kathy Schiffer has this poignant story: Graham Turner wanted to be a priest. It was toward that end that he enrolled at the Beda College in Rome, planning to serve in the Diocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, in Scotland.  Graham had hoped to be ordained with his class last June; but [Read More...]

“A kneeling racist and an upright archbishop”

That was the headline for the picture above, which was reposted the other day in the excellent website run by Deacon Eric Stoltz, Conciliaria, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. As the post notes: On April 16, after a long period of negotiations with leading conservative segregationists of the Archdiocese of [Read More...]

Interested in becoming a married Catholic priest?

My blogging neighbor, Father Dwight Longenecker, is one, and has a few words of advice for anyone who thinks he might be called: I am now receiving a good number of phone calls from men all over the world who wish to also be a “married Catholic priest.” There are, however, certain rules of eligibility [Read More...]

The priest who went down with the Titanic while hearing confessions

Details: Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one that’s not often told. It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favour of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the “unsinkable” vessel. [Read More...]


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