Have a hot topic to preach about? Keep it to yourself

That seems to be the unfortunate thinking among many priests (and, supposedly, deacons), according to this observer from the United Kingdom: I once asked an old faithful Catholic why so few people went to confession these days, and he replied at once: “Because we are never exhorted to do so from the pulpit.” This set [Read More...]

Sacramento gets its first married priest

Several months ago, I posted an item on this man’s unusual journey to the priesthood.  Now, his journey is complete. He was ordained with two other men this weekend: A Protestant convert to Catholicism has become the first married priest in the Diocese of Sacramento. He was among three men ordained by Bishop Jaime Soto [Read More...]

Meet the U.S.'s largest ordination class

It’s the new priests from Newark: 18 in all. Story here. They were ordained Saturday.  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

On Memorial Day: remembering the "Four Chaplains"

A reader alerted me to this item in the Huffington Post, recalling the so-called “Immortal Chaplains” who went down with the USAT Dorchester in 1943. As Wikipedia notes: The “Immortal Chaplains” were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the troop ship [Read More...]

Meet the priest who's "one of the most dangerous people in town"

And he’s been called that because of ardently pro-Catholic letters he writes for the hometown newspaper in Minnesota. From the Duluth News Tribune: Every 30 days or so he and his opinions are published in the letters to the editor section of the News Tribune. He’d be in more often if we let him, no [Read More...]

Pfleger update: "I'll preach at other churches"

The controversial Chicago priest made a statement about his situation last night. Details from the AP and the Chicago Sun-Times: The Rev. Michael Pfleger, suspended by the archdiocese after suggesting he would leave the church if he is removed from his parish, says he will begin preaching at other churches if he is not reinstated [Read More...]

Fr. Pfleger prays with mothers of slain children

The suspended priest made a brief appearance for a special Mothers Day event in Chicago near his former parish, according to the Chicago Sun-Times: On a bright Sunday morning, children around the city celebrated their mothers while a group of mothers gathered at St. Sabina Church to remember their children lost to violence. For the [Read More...]

Priest tapped to be chaplain for House of Representatives

He would be the second Catholic priest to hold the job.  Details, from USA TODAY: The Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest and former chaplain at Georgetown University, is Speaker John Boehner’s choice to be the next chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. If formally elected, Conroy would become the second Roman Catholic priest [Read More...]

Deafness and Darth: one seminarian's story

One of the man about to be ordained in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a huge fan of “Star Wars” — who also happens to have been born deaf. Details, from the Catholic Herald: People may be surprised to learn that Darth Vadar, chief antagonist in the original trilogy, is the favorite “Star Wars” character [Read More...]

Happy Mother's Day, to the mothers of priests

Every priest has a mother — and now there’s news about a group of mothers who have banded together to support their sons’ vocations. Details, from CNS: When Father John Helmueller was ordained to the priesthood 10 years ago for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., he was not the only member of his family [Read More...]