Teachers and preachers: innovative program aims to help immigrant priests with English

It’s happening in Los Angeles, but I can think of a lot of other corners of the country (including my own) where something like this could reap dividends. From The Tidings: The group of nuns and priests sitting around the conference table had been invited to a historic event: an orientation meeting for the “Teachers [Read More...]

“I want the pope to be proud of us…”

The head of the new Ordinariate, bringing Anglicans into the Catholic Church, spoke recently with CNS, and had a lot of interesting things to say about his new role, and his life.  The married father of three — and former Episcopal bishop — Father Jeffrey N. Steenson will be installed in his new post next [Read More...]

Fr. Pavone speaks at March for Life in Washington

  He posted several pictures (including the one above) on his FB page.  And the Amarillo newspaper explains: A Roman Catholic priest restricted to ministry within the Diocese of Amarillo participated in March for Life events Monday in Washington with the permission of his bishop. The Rev. Frank Pavone had a full calendar during Monday’s [Read More...]

Newly ordained priest removed after fathering a child while in seminary

It happened in the Archdiocese of New York.  Details: The priest, the Rev. Casmir Manyonyi Mung’aho, 34, was ordained in May after graduating from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. He had not told his superiors that he had fathered a child in a consensual relationship with an adult woman, “which he certainly should have done,” [Read More...]

Meet Fr. Don, the surfer priest

This is a great video about a priest who surfs: Fr. Don Calloway.  But that’s just the beginning.  He’s got a great story — and a great message. Curious for more?  Check out his website. [Read more...]

Climb every mountain: a priest’s journey up Kilimanjaro

Last week, I posted an item about a priest from Des Moines climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  CNS caught up with him this week, and has more: A pastor from the Des Moines Diocese has experienced a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the hope that it will bring others to God. Msgr. Frank Bognanno, 72 and pastor of Christ [Read More...]

Did you hear the one about the priest who’s a standup comic?

Seriously: The Rev. Britto Berchmans’ upcoming one-man show, “Centennial Chuckles,” is no joke, but the pastor of Park Ridge’s St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church hopes his comedy act produces plenty of laughs. “For too long people have thought church is kind of heavy and boring,” Berchmans said. “No, church is wonderful, and my [Read More...]

Jolt: Texas bishop sues outspoken priest

Some may recall the story of Fr. Michael Rodriguez, from the Diocese of El Paso, who was promptly reassigned last fall after making some strong public statements — and taking out newspaper ads — condemning homosexual activity. Now there’s more, and it’s getting ugly: In a rare move, Catholic Bishop Armando X. Ochoa and Monsignor [Read More...]

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...]


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