Married priests: a "temporary aberration"

That, according to at least one high-ranking Vatican official: Married priests will be only a temporary aberration within the Anglican Ordinariate, says Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state. Speaking in an interview in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore  Romano, and in recently published extracts from his forthcoming book, A Great Heart: Homage to John Paul II, [Read More...]

Pfleger's suspension: a "slap in the face" to African Americans?

That’s the contention of the African American priest who is filling in for Pfleger at his Chicago parish. Details: The priest sent to take over for the now-suspended Fr. Michael Pfleger said he didn’t feel comfortable following the cardinal’s orders but did so because he took a vow of obedience. During a Saturday evening homily [Read More...]

Meet Maryknoll's bicycle priest

They may be looking for bike blessings in New York this weekend, but here’s a priest offering blessings by bike every day: Imagine 150 million people on land the size of Iowa. Part of the country doesn’t have any infrastructure. The people are predominately Muslim with a large Hindu minority in a country that is [Read More...]

Double life: priest gets three years for stealing a million dollars for Armani and male escorts

It happened in Connecticut: A Roman Catholic priest from Waterbury who stole more than $1 million in church money and spent it on male escorts, Armani clothes and nights out at gay bars has been sentenced to three years in prison. A plea of no contest was entered on behalf of The Rev. Kevin Gray, 65, [Read More...]

Flash: Pfleger suspended

Late today, Cardinal Francis George issued a sharply worded letter on the case of Fr. Michael Pfleger.  The controversial Chicago priest — and outspoken Obama-backer — can no longer function as a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Details: Citing what he called threats from the Rev. Michael Pfleger to leave the church, Cardinal Francis [Read More...]

How are vocations doing? The numbers tell the story

Over at Catholic Vote, Thomas Peters is touting some interesting statistics about this year’s class of ordinands. The USCCB has been publishing a report on men being ordained as priests for the last 15 years. A little Googling, though, reveals a little more. This year, according to the USCCB, 480 men are to be ordained [Read More...]

Priest who paid for abortions will not be excommunicated

I’m sure there must be a good explanation for this — but I haven’t yet found one. Details: The Archdiocese of Barcelona has announced that it has no plans to excommunicate Rev. Manuel Pousa i Engroñat, having found that the Catholic priest had not had any “primary complicity” in an abortion performed on a young [Read More...]

Called to preach: how a priest overcame stuttering

Here’s a remarkable story of a priest who conquered an all-too-common (and for many, terrifying) problem: The last thing a priest wants to do at a funeral is mess up the name of the deceased. For one funeral in 1973, this was Monsignor John K. Cody’s biggest fear. So he practiced speaking the woman’s name, [Read More...]

For those who may be wondering …

…No. EWTN has not returned to broadcasting Fr. Corapi.  This discussion was heating up Facebook this morning. The Anchoress did some digging and explains why some are now hearing him on their radio. [Read more...]

On Fr. Benedict Groeschel: "He was not a stereotypical saint"

While a lot of attention these days is focused on a celebrated priest who until recently was a star on EWTN, one blogger, Daniel Nichols, is taking a fond look at another, very different EWTN star, Fr. Benedict Groeschel: I was among the first postulants when the  community he  helped found broke away from the Capuchins to live [Read More...]


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