Shock: priest shot and killed at Phoenix church, another wounded—UPDATED

Details:  A priest was fatally shot at a Catholic church and another was left critically injured, police in Phoenix said early Thursday. Officers discovered the two victims when they responded to reports of a burglary around 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday at the Mother of Mercy Mission in Phoenix’s downtown district. Police spokesman Sgt. [Read More...]

Boom: Louisiana bucking the trend of priest shortage

  Photo: Leslie Westbrook/LAGNS Details from The Shreveport Times:  They describe their childhoods as like those of any other boys: playing sports, dating nice girls and mastering crazy video games. But there were a few anomalies. When Matt Barzare and his buddies played cops and robbers in Eunice as little kids, Barzare played a priest [Read More...]

A vocation 55 years in the making

The remarkable story of Louisville’s newest priest, from the Louisville Record: Deacon David A. Cockson knew he wanted to be a priest when he made his first holy Communion as a 7-year-old in Grand Island, Neb. Fifty-five years later, his religious vocation will be realized. His ordination, set for Saturday, will be the fulfilment of [Read More...]

Catholic and Orthodox officials call for married priests in Eastern Rite in U.S.

The group we’re talking about is relatively small, numbering several hundred, and not Roman Catholic.  But a move like this could carry wider significance. From The New York Times:  In a step that is sure to fuel the debate over mandatory celibacy, a high-level group of Catholic and Orthodox officials is calling on the Vatican to allow [Read More...]

When is a priest not a priest?

From The Newark Star-Ledger: Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day. The Burlington County man sat in the gallery of the Delaware Supreme Court, watching as a lawyer for the Diocese of Trenton told the justices that the Rev. Terence McAlinden was not “on duty” — or serving in his capacity as [Read More...]

Archbishop: only two priests in Dublin are under the age of 40

From The Irish Times: Just two Catholic priests in Dublin are under 40, while a further 44 are aged between 70 and 75 and “in the next four or five years will be going into a more retired sort of life”, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said today. “We already have in Dublin two parishes [Read More...]

A special gift for the priest who has everything

Clerical jammies! This popped up on someone’s Facebook feed Tuesday night. On sale for $36.99. The pants come in different colors. But the shirt with that distinctive white square is, of course, basic black.  Order these here.  Might make a perfect gift for Father’s Day! [Read more...]

First priest ordained in the United States

Who knew? From my blog neighbor Pat McNamara: The first Catholic priest ordained within the limits of the original thirteen States of the Union, pioneer missionary of Kentucky, b. at Orléans, France, 17 July, 1768; d. at Cincinnati, Ohio, 21 April, 1853. Educated at Montaigu College, Paris, he entered the Sulpician Seminary of his native [Read More...]

The rise of the “labor priest”

An interesting observation on a subject you don’t hear about very much—and one that has a distinctly diaconal dimension: “Labor priests” were a recognized presence in the labor movement of the 1920s through the 1960s. Father Barry, the Karl Malden character in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront,” was the model of the priest who [Read More...]

Catholic Worker hosts “woman priest.” What would Dorothy Day think?

This news caught my eye this morning: In the middle of a living room, a table is set like an altar, with wine and bread prepared for Holy Communion. At the head is a priest dressed in a black shirt, jeans and sandals, hair tied behind the head revealing a gold earring hanging from each [Read More...]