Snapshot of the Class of 2012: America’s new priests

As has become its custom, the USCCB has posted a survey with some interesting facts about the men who are being ordained this spring: The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2012 is trending younger with the median age for the 2012 class at 31. Two-thirds of the class are between the [Read More...]

“The Quest”: a glimpse at priestly formation, from 1973

Buried in the bowels of YouTube, somebody uncovered this gem.  While it may be of particular interest to folks in the Diocese of Brooklyn, it’s also a fascinating sort of time capsule that shows life in a college seminary in the 1970s.  (Look beyond the platform shoes and sideburns and you’ll hear a lot of [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“I love our priests, and honor them, but it’s hard to argue that an unfaithful straight priest is better than a faithful gay one. I would rather see a homosexually-inclined happy, celibate priest be able to live in honesty about who he is, than learn about a hetero priest living a lie. A faithful priest is a [Read More...]

Portland to ordain largest number of priests ever

With ordination season kicking off, Oregon is about to set a local record next month: Archbishop John G. Vlazny will ordain 10 priests on Saturday, June 9, at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass of ordination will begin at 11 a.m. This is the largest ordination class of Portland diocesan priests ever, according [Read More...]

“As a priest, I am terribly saddened…”

The following comment appeared in response to the posting on Fr. Thomas Williams.  I think it deserves a wider audience, so I’m posting it here separately. +++ “As a priest, I am terribly saddened by reading most, if not all of these comments. These comments only mirror the lived experience the majority of priests face [Read More...]

Another celebrity priest falls: Fr. Thomas Williams

Details: Today Fr. Thomas Williams, LC, ThD has released a brief statement in which he admits to having a relationship with a woman and fathering a child. He will be taking a year away from public ministry. This is the statement in full: “A number of years ago I had a relationship with a woman and fathered [Read More...]

Fr. Robert Barron named Chicago seminary rector

Exciting news for the church in Chicago — and for the young men at Mundelein Seminary: Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, has named Rev. Robert L. Barron as the rector/president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, effective July 1, 2012.  He had been serving as the Francis [Read More...]

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...]


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