Why priests are happy

That’s the title of a new book, and the subject of a symposium on the topic held recently in Washington featuring, among others, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. Details: Despite all the negative publicity of recent years, research shows U.S. Catholic priests are demonstrably among the happiest, most job-fulfilled and satisfied men in the country, [Read More...]

Bishop Zurek on Fr. Pavone: "I am seeking clarification and answers…"

Bishop Zurek has posted a public statement on the Diocese of Amarillo website.  Most important part: As a diocesan bishop, I am obligated to show concern for the well being and ministry of all our priests.  I support with no exception the various ministries that the priests of our Diocese carry out for the Common [Read More...]

"Today is a glorious day for the church": beautiful ordination video from Milwaukee

It features something truly extraordinary, and deeply moving: the ordination of a man who is deaf.  Just watch. H/T Imprisoned in My Bones [Read more...]

In Amarillo, protests for Fr. Pavone — UPDATED

They took to the skies, and to the streets, Friday, according to local reports: An airplane, two trucks and one demonstrator holding signs made up the efforts of an anti-abortion organization Friday to urge local Catholics to implore Diocese of Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek to rethink his decision to keep prominent anti-abortion priest Father [Read More...]

Man of the century: priest celebrates Mass for 100th birthday

A Pennsylvania priest has hit a remarkable milestone: The Rev. Harry Lewis was born the year Chevrolet started competing with the Ford Model T. He served in the military at the Battle of the Bulge, became a priest the year “All About Eve” won the best picture Oscar and retired from priesthood as Ronald Reagan’s [Read More...]

Meet the "Running Priest"

A priest in the Philippines has become a celebrity for the courageous — and unusual — way he now draws attention to important issues. Check this out, from the BBC: Father Robert Reyes is a Catholic priest, but he is better known for putting on his running shoes and jogging around the country promoting different [Read More...]

Schonborn on protesting priests: "I'm not ready for schism"

Austrian priests who have issued a “Call to Disobedience” have gotten an answer, and it may not be what they wanted. Details: The head of Vienna’s Roman Catholic community ruled out sweeping changes demanded by dissident priests and said there could be “serious conflict” if they defied Church teaching on celibacy or give communion to [Read More...]

Group plans to protest Fr. Pavone's "ecclesiastical house arrest"

As someone mentioned to me in an e-mail, the wisest thing for Fr. Pavone to do at this moment would be to “call off the dogs.” Details, from Ed Peters: A group called “The Center For Bio-Ethical Reform” has decided to intervene in behalf of Fr. Pavone. I know little about CBR, but if their goal [Read More...]

Priests for Life shocker: Fr. Frank Pavone ministry restricted — UPDATED

A couple of people e-mailed me this afternoon, wondering if I would post on this.  I was in meetings all day and just got out, so I’m late getting to it.  The Anchoress, however, has a strong wrap-up. The salient point seems to be this letter from the Bishop of Amarillo to his brother bishops: [Read More...]

Bishop calls on clergy to "wear the ecclesiastical garb"

This news comes from the Philippines: A Catholic bishop today called on all clergy to observe the Church’s dress code, especially when they appear in public “as an integral part of priestly decorum.” Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran, a canon lawyer, said ecclesiastical garb is not the external sign of the priesthood but an indicator [Read More...]


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