Priest convicted of killing nun dies in hospice

You may remember this story from a couple weeks back. Now, the final chapter:  A Roman Catholic priest convicted of stabbing and strangling a nun 34 years ago in a hospital chapel will receive a funeral Mass, a church official said Saturday. The Rev. Gerald Robinson remained an ordained priest after his conviction and his [Read More...]

In the email: “How would a parish take on our family if my husband were a priest?”

A reader sent me the following e-mail, which is an important follow-up on this post regarding married priests:  I have a mentally ill son. He has been difficult to deal with since he was 3, and has been hospitalized twice since he was 15 (he’s 17 now). Our home life is very difficult because of [Read More...]

Archbishop Nienstedt under investigation for sexual relationships; he calls allegations “absolutely false”

Details from Religion News Service:  A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships with priests, seminarians and other men. The investigation of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt is [Read More...]

Synod: What about married priests?

As people take a closer look at the working paper for the upcoming Synod, one issue about marriage and family life that is notably absent is the question of married priests.  I knew a few people who were wondering if this topic would come up—or if the bishops might even decide to explore the unresolved [Read More...]

Retired Austrian bishop warns Eucharist is in danger of “drying up,” calls for “courageous discussions” on celibacy

From The Tablet in London: Bishop Helmut Krätzl, a former auxiliary in Vienna, has warned that the Eucharist is in danger of “drying up”. In two interviews on the occasion of his diamond jubilee as a priest, he called on bishops to take up the Pope’s request “to make courageous suggestions” in order to stop [Read More...]

Faith of our fathers: son of a deacon celebrates first Mass, with his father by his side

From the Charlotte News Herald:  Father Paul McNulty celebrated his first Mass June 29 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. His father, Deacon Brian McNulty, chanted the Gospel reading at Mass and assisted Father Paul at the altar during his first Mass. Father Joshua Voitus delivered the homily. Father McNulty’s chalice was a gift from [Read More...]

“Are you a clergy member, or is this just a costume?”

From The Wisconsin State Journal: On May 17, police arrested two people for trespassing and disorderly conduct at Volk Field, a military facility about 90 minutes northwest of Madison. One was a priest, or so it seemed. “Are you really a clergy member, or is this just a costume?” the Rev. Jim Murphy remembers the [Read More...]

A new priest’s Mass of Thanksgiving

And the marathon of Masses continues. After his ordination and first Mass of Thanksgiving yesterday, Fr. Jeremy Canna ventured north, into Queens, to celebrate a Mass at my parish, where he spent his pastoral year in 2011-2012. He spent some quality time in the sacristy with my pastor, Bishop Paul Sanchez. His chalice, a gift [Read More...]

A priest—or two or three—in the family

An impressive vocation story from Pennsylvania:  Kyle Sahd was in the second grade, preparing for his first Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Columbia, when he thought about the wonder of the sacraments, and how he might want to become a priest. His teacher, Sister Anna Cosgrove, “got us interested in the [Read More...]

Scenes from an ordination

What a day. The Diocese of Brooklyn ordained 13 men to the priesthood today in a ceremony that stretched nearly three hours. The setting—the newly-consecrated Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph—was packed; the place seats about 1400 and there were a lot of standees in the back. It was a glorious liturgy, though. Below, some highlights. I [Read More...]