Canada mourns a priest who wore wigs, taught in gibberish, and wore bunny ears for Easter

Details: Monsignor Fee Otterson was a playful soul who once showed up to a family barbecue in a horrendous wig, once officiated an Easter service in bunny ears. He would lead drama classes in gibberish to challenge the communication skills of students. He walked school hallways wearing the red-and-white striped hat of Cat in the [Read More…]

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“More young men are coming to the diocese to enter seminary than in two generations”

The story may be different on the coasts. But in Missouri and Kansas, it seems, vocations are going strong: Seven men were ordained this year in the diocese, the largest single-year number in the last 30, said a somewhat mystified but definitely pleased Monsignor Bradley Offutt, diocesan vicar general. Also, 10 men are beginning studying [Read More…]

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel steps down from hosting EWTN show

From Catholic News Agency: Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as host of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors. “Father Benedict has led a life of tremendous compassion and service to others and his spiritual insights have been a great gift [Read More…]

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What do you do after you leave the priesthood to get married?

Religious News Service has a look at one man’s story: Nationwide, about 80 Protestant clergy have left to become Catholic priests, according to research from Catholic University in Washington. Some Eastern Rite Catholic churches, which are loyal to Rome, ordain married men. And after 1980, the Vatican allowed Protestant clergy who converted to Catholicism to [Read More…]

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“We sin when we put priests on pedestals and idolize them…”

From the great Joanne McPortland: The thing is, we sin when we put priests on pedestals and idolize them. I think that’s what Jesus cautioned against when he told us to call no man father. Yes, priests are due the respect of their office—as is every person made in God’s image. But holiness is not [Read More…]

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Archbishop rebukes priest who took part in same sex wedding

A Catholic blogger in Brooklyn has a followup to this story from a couple weekends ago: Statement from the Archdiocese of Hartford regarding Fr. Michael DeVito August 24, 2012: Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has met with Father Michael DeVito regarding the priest’s participation in a same-sex marriage ceremony involving a cousin in New York City [Read More…]

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On priests and political activism

As we enjoy some relative quiet between the two conventions (and a long holiday weekend!) now might be a good time to reacquaint ourselves with the Church’s teaching on clergy and their involvement in politics. First, there are these remarks from Blessed John Paul II, titled “Priests Do Not Have a Political Mission”: The Church [Read More…]

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Meet the “new men”: the priests of tomorrow

From Catholic News Service comes this excellent video, featuring brief profiles of five of the men who have just arrived at the North American College in Rome to begin studies for the priesthood. Take a look. [Read more…]

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RIP, Cardinal Martini

One-time papal contender Cardinal Martini has died: Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a renowned biblical scholar and former archbishop of Milan, died Aug. 31 at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Pope Benedict XVI met privately with the cardinal during a visit to Milan in June, and was informed of [Read More…]

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“Please let Fr. Groeschel know we love him very much…”

This e-mail arrived today, from a nurse, regarding the Fr. Benedict Groeschel story: I have been thinking of him alot lately– I say the rosary at 9 pm when he leads it on the radio. He reminds me of the sweet religious that I was privileged to take care of at a Dominican nursing facility. [Read More…]

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