Pope to priests: “A Church where no discussions take place is a dead Church” — UPDATED

He gave a remarkable talk today to priests gathered in Rome — most of it unscripted.  It sounds like it was extraordinary, in every sense. Catholic News Service has a good Twitter overview right here. (It includes at the bottom the full video.) And Rome Reports offers this brief report that gives a sense of the [Read More…]

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Irish bishop seeks discussion on ordaining married men as priests, women as deacons

From CNS:  An Irish bishop urged his colleagues to establish a commission to discuss the possibility of ordaining married men. Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore also wants the Irish bishops’ conference to empower the commission to further study female deacons. The proposal stemmed from a 10-month listening process that O’Reilly led in the Kilmore Diocese, [Read More…]

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The largest priest ordination class in the U.S.: Paterson, NJ—UPDATED

Last year, the distinction belonged to Brooklyn. Now, a neighbor to the northwest earns that title. Check it out, from the diocesan website via The Beacon:  Bishop Serratelli had the joyful distinction of ordaining the largest ordination class in the nation May 23 in St. Philip Church here.The 14 men of diverse cultural backgrounds and life [Read More…]

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Is the priest shortage a “manufactured crisis”?

View image | gettyimages.com From TribLive in Pittsburgh, a look at some of the challenges facing priests and deacons in Pennsylvania: Paul Sullins, a sociology professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, cautions against overreacting to what he calls an artificial crisis “manufactured by those who say we need to make these radical [Read More…]

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Are most Catholic priests Republican?

View image | gettyimages.com That would seen to be the main conclusion of this intriguing chart, designed by Verdant Labs, to try and map out the political leanings of various professions, including the clergy. The Acton Institute, however, isn’t so sure: To determine the political leanings, Verdant used the data from the Federal Election Commission [Read More…]

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Like father, like son: deacon’s son ordained a priest

From The Georgia Bulletin: When the economic recession of the early 1990s hit the Garcias in a personal way, the Miami family with Cuban roots on both sides was in serious danger of collapse. “We went through some rocky times in our marriage when we lost my computer business, but what saved our marriage was [Read More…]

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Seton Hall priest who was removed over Facebook post admits he’s gay, requests sabbatical

A reader sent this my way today. This story got a lot of attention a couple weeks back, and now the other shoe has dropped:  Just before graduation last year, campus priest Warren Hall was walking across Seton Hall’s grounds sipping some coffee when a student ran up to him. The student thanked Hall for his tutelage [Read More…]

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Vroom vroom: meet the priest who is also a biker

From The Pittsburgh Gazette: A priest walks into a motorcycle club. Don’t bother reading further if you’ve heard this one before. Then again, if you know the Rev. Lou Vallone, perhaps you’ve seen it happen. The pastor of St. John of God in McKees Rocks and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent is a man [Read More…]

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Albany ordinations mark for some “a second career”

From The Troy Record, a welcome reminder that vocations come from many places, but very often begin in the family: Close to 300 clergy, religious, family, friends and well-wishers attended the ordination of four men as the newest deacons of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Three of four men ordained as deacons are preparing to [Read More…]

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Syrian Catholic archdiocese confirms priest kidnapped; deacon also missing

Details from CNA:  The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has asked for prayers for the priest’s safe release. According to Fides, the Homs archdiocese “asked all the faithful to invoke the Lord in prayer so that Father Jacques is released and can return [Read More…]

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