What’s it like being married to a Catholic priest?

With this item from Pope Francis making news, the usual debates about priestly celibacy are again taking place. Here’s a point of view you don’t often hear, though, from the wife of a Byzantine Catholic priest. While her experience may not be universal, it offers a lot of food for thought. She lists a number [Read More...]

Michigan bishop warns Catholics not to take part in attempted ordination of woman next weekend

Details:  Bishop Paul Bradley of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoois warning Catholics not to participate in a ceremony Saturday in which a Three Oaks woman will be ordained by the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests. The May 31 ceremony for Lillian Lewis, 75, will be held at First Congregational Church in Three Oaks. The ceremony will be [Read More...]

Pope on celibacy: “The door is always open” to changing the discipline

While he’s not saying anything we didn’t already know, it is the first he’s spoken about the issue as pope. Details:  Pope Francis says he believes that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma and “the door is always open” to change. Francis made similar comments when he [Read More...]

It was 20 years ago yesterday…

…that Pope John Paul II issued his apostolic letter  Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, “reserving priestly ordination to men alone.” The document was issued on May 22, 1994. The conclusion: The presence and the role of women in the life and mission of the Church, although not linked to the ministerial priesthood, remain absolutely necessary and irreplaceable. As [Read More...]

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a decree of excommunication

You can take a gander here.  The announcement from her bishop, Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois: Please be advised that Ms. Mary F. Keldermans of Springfield, Illinois, has attempted to be ordained a priest for “Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Inc.” in a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Springfield on May 5, 2014. [Read More...]

Homily on the suicide of a priest: “Our God is merciful, loving, compassionate and forgiving”

You probably remember this story about the priest from Florida who took his own life. Below, the homily delivered at the priest’s funeral on Monday by Bishop Robert Lynch. There are three things that are for certain in every human life: birth, death and taxes. While we ourselves are responsible for the third, our taxes, our staunchly pro-life teaching [Read More...]

Report: Italian women write to pope, asking for review of priestly celibacy

This is, in a word, unusual. From Vatican Insider:   The Pope has received a letter signed by 26 Italian women who admit to have feelings for a priest or a monk and are asking for a review of the celibacy law. “Dear Pope Francis, we are a group of women from all over Italy (and [Read More...]

Tampa priest who committed suicide was under investigation

Details: A popular priest killed himself Monday, days after the Diocese of St. Petersburg launched an investigation into his church’s finances, authorities said. A maintenance worker found the Rev. Vladimir Dziadek, 57, at the bottom of a staircase in the living quarters at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday, police said. A few days earlier, [Read More...]

Report: Tampa priest committed suicide

Details: A Tampa priest that died earlier this week committed suicide, according to reports. A memorial near the altar at St. Joseph’s Parish honors Father Vladimir Dziadek. According to police, a maintenance man discovered Father Vladimir at the bottom of a staircase along with a broken belt in the church office on Monday morning. The Hillsborough [Read More...]

New Jersey priest dies while mountain climbing

Details: The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has identified the climber who fell about 1,000 feet on Mount Hood Tuesday morning as a Catholic priest from New Jersey. They say 57-year-old Rev. Robert J. Cormier was from Jersey City, New Jersey. From the air rescuers said they saw no signs of life from Cormier and [Read More...]