Is the New York seminary merger the way of the future?

Maybe.  That’s the interesting question at the heart of this piece in OSV: Father Shawn McKnight, executive director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, recently wrote that economic factors and the lack of enough priest-instructors are causing seminaries to merge or close, such as the [Read More...]

Three become one: historic merger of seminaries in New York

This ambitious move has been in the works for many months, but yesterday it became a reality.  From the In My Backyard Desk (with a cheerful diaconal bow in the direction of The Anchoress): Archbishop Dolan and his brother bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre Nov. 10 jointly signed [Read More...]

Court rules Church may be responsible for priests’ wrongdoing

It’s a precedent-setting ruling out of the Royal Court of Justice in London. From the Guardian: Victims of clerical sexual abuse will find it easier to bring compensation claims against the Catholic church after a judge ruled it can be held responsible for the wrongdoings of its priests. In a test case heard at the high [Read More...]

Homily for October 30, 2011: World Priest Day

We often say that God writes straight with crooked lines.   Few stories could be more crooked, or surprising, than what God wrote with the life of a boy named Martino BaThong Nguyen. He is Vietnamese.  His parents worked for the U.S. government in Saigon in the 1970s.  Because of their connection to the U.S., when [Read More...]

"There is nothing easy about being in the seminary…"

As part of the Patheos symposium on seminaries, seminarian Michael Duffy — less than a year from being ordained a priest — reflects on his seminary experience: There is nothing easy about being in the seminary; it is supposed to be difficult. It supposed to be challenging. Being in formation for the Priesthood of Jesus [Read More...]

"Amazingly, the clergy sex abuse scandal did not deter men from answering God's call…"

Patheos is hosting something new this month: an intriguing online symposium on seminaries, and our crack editor Elizabeth Scalia has established a special page for Catholics. Kicking things off is Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, who takes a look at some of the challenges the Church in America is facing: One is to maintain a basic [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

From Fr. Frank Pavone’s Twitter feed this weekend: [Read more...]

Roy Bourgeois detained by police at Vatican

He never gives up, does he? Details: A U.S. Catholic priest who supports ordination for women was detained briefly by police Monday after marching to the Vatican to press the Holy See to lift its ban on women priests. The Rev. Roy Bourgeois and about a dozen supporters had marched down the main boulevard leading [Read More...]

"What's on your PowerBook?" Meet the Jesuit who appeared in an Apple ad

The ad above was selected as one of the best Apple ads by an editor at Huffington Post.  The Jesuit priest — Creighton University’s Fr. Don Doll, who appeared in it (along with rocker Todd Rundgren) — dropped an e-mail about the experience to CNS: In an email titled “A bit of Creighton in Apple [Read More...]

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...]


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