Ka-ching: the salaries of clergy

One of the most common questions I get asked from the people in the pews is: “What does the parish pay you?”  The answer: Nada.  Zip. Zilch.  Zero.  I receive no salary from the parish.  I don’t get stipends for Masses, baptisms or weddings, either. Deacons are, in every sense, volunteers.  Our “outside” jobs support [Read More...]

New York Times: “I caution the clerical wife to be on guard…” — UPDATED

On the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, an assistant professor of medieval European history, Sara Ritchey, has some words of advice: By the time of the First Lateran Council, the priest’s wife had become a symbol of wantonness and defilement. The reason was that during this period the nature of the host consecrated [Read More...]

A liturgical practice to give you paws

I’m not sure why I’m suddenly seeing all these stories about priests and pooches, but here’s another.  From USA TODAY (and Creative Minority Report): Father Roy Snipes has more assistance than most priests in Masses, counseling sessions and confessions: his dogs. The big mixed-breeds — sometimes as many as five of them — provide the [Read More...]

Out of Antarctica: “We never know where the Divine plan will take us…”

Remember Msgr. Steve Rossetti, who spent Christmas snowed in at the bottom of the world? He posted an update a few days ago, after he was finally able to leave: I am grateful for the enthusiasm which many communicated to me about my Antarctic journey. One couple told their young child that I was at [Read More...]

When holy obedience saved a priest’s life

It happened, incredibly, when he followed his superior’s order to get off the Titanic. The story of Jesuit Fr. Frank Browne: When Derry priest Fr. Eddie O’Donnell stumbled across over 40,000 negatives belonging to the late Fr. Frank Browne he would not have been able to envisage the significance of what he had just discovered. [Read More...]

Meet Jake, the Rectory Dog!

A reader in Vermont sent this my way: the story of a priest’s best friend, who happens to have four legs:       The Rev. Charles Ranges and Jake, a small, 8 -year-old black and white papillon, have been a staple around Essex Junction for nearly four years. The two live together in Holy Family [Read More...]

A priest in Nigeria: “I could have been among the victims…”

A deacon from Canada sent this story my way, with the following note: In our parish (St. Martin de Porres, Toronto) we have been and continue blessed to have a number of priests from overseas help us out with Masses. One of the most loved of these men is Fr. Emmanuel Mbam, who hails from [Read More...]

Now, about all those married Catholic priests…

The New York Times takes a closer look at how the new ordinariate will be  impacting one facet of Catholic life in particular, with more married priests: Most Americans, perhaps most American Catholics, do not know that the church allows married priests. But there have always been married priests in the non-Latin rites, like Ukrainian [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan — UPDATED

Yes, as many expected, he’s getting the red hat. The list: Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; Manuel Montiero de Castro, Major Penitentiary of the Roman Church; Santos Abril y Castelló, archpriest of St Mary Major; Antonio Maria Veglió, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees; Giuseppe Bertello, [Read More...]

Before Zavala, there was Marino

While I was talking with a deacon friend this afternoon about the Zavala bombshell in Los Angeles, he reminded me of the case of Atlanta Archbishop Eugene Marino, who found himself in similar circumstances over 20 years ago. From the Georgia Bulletin: Archbishop Marino was the ranking African-American member of the Catholic hierarchy when he [Read More...]


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