Scalia the prophet: “See how these Christians complain to one another”

This essay by Fr. Paul Scalia (son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin) popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday. “The Church Militant or the Church Belligerent?” was published eight years ago, but it seems even more pertinent—even prophetic—today. Read it all, but here’s a snip, from Catholic Answers: The Church, like a nation, must defend herself [Read More...]

More from Fr. Joshua, the rapping priest—and a simply sensational vocations video, to boot—UPDATED

Jack Maguire, Social Media Coordinator at Ascension Press, dropped me a line today: Ascension Press just released a vocations video featuring Fr. Joshua. I thought you may be interested in sharing this as a followup to your initial post. The video goes into greater detail on Fr. Joshua’s conversion and his journey to the priesthood. Put [Read More...]

Fr. Richard McBrien dies

From NCR:  Fr. Richard McBrien, who as a scholar brought distinction to a university theology department and who as an author and often-interviewed popular expert explained the Catholic church to the wider world, died early Sunday morning. He was 78. McBrien had been seriously ill for several years and had moved recently from South Bend, [Read More...]

Meet Fr. Joshua Johnson, Baton Rouge’s youngest priest—and a rapper. UPDATED

Joshua Johnson speaks to a group of young people at an archdiocesan revival meeting in 2014. From The Archdiocese of New Orleans Clarion Herald Following in the footsteps of Fr. Stan Fortuna? Details from The Baton Rouge Advocate: A young Catholic priest who enjoys rap music had a few confessions about his faith and his [Read More...]

American priest who died from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) moves closer to sainthood

From CNA/EWTN:  Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title “Venerable” with the pontiff’s recognition of his heroic virtue. Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato [Read More...]

“It’s time to stop the craziness”: Brooklyn priest to hold Month’s Mind Mass for slain police officers

From The New York Daily News: Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, will say a special Month’s Mind Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday to mark the one-month anniversary of the assassinations of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. “It will be a month on Tuesday, but the Month’s Mind [Read More...]

Laicized priest Thomas Williams speaks out on mandatory celibacy

From Kathy Schiffer’s blog:  “..My basic thought is that personal failures don’t necessarily mean that institutions like priestly celibacy are necessarily wrong-headed. The fact that many married people commit adultery shouldn’t call into question the validity of marriage as an essential social institution. We would often justify our personal wrongdoing by blaming an institution or [Read More...]

Reuters: meet the “father-priests” of the Philippines

Details: Every Sunday morning, dozens of Roman Catholics gather at a small chapel on an island in the central Philippines to listen to Father Jess Siva share his personal experiences as a priest, and as a parent. Siva, 54, has been celebrating Mass in the town of Lambunao for the past 15 years, giving communion, [Read More...]

Reports: Dublin priest tells his congregation he’s gay—and gets a standing ovation

  St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin via Wikipedia From The Guardian:  An Irish Catholic priest received a standing ovation from his congregation when he revealed he was gay and then declared his support for same-sex marriage from the pulpit, according to reports. Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at the Church of St [Read More...]

A “miracle” for a priest who was told he’d never walk again

Two summers ago, I had the good fortune of meeting Fr. John Murray, who invited me to speak at a retreat on preaching at the San Alfonso Retreat House on the Jersey Shore. It was a great getaway, and the retreat house is a gorgeous spot. There’s nothing like waking up to the scent of salt [Read More...]