Meet Fr. Joshua Johnson, Baton Rouge’s youngest priest—and a rapper. UPDATED

Joshua Johnson speaks to a group of young people at an archdiocesan revival meeting in 2014. From The Archdiocese of New Orleans Clarion Herald Following in the footsteps of Fr. Stan Fortuna? Details from The Baton Rouge Advocate: A young Catholic priest who enjoys rap music had a few confessions about his faith and his [Read More...]

American priest who died from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) moves closer to sainthood

From CNA/EWTN:  Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title “Venerable” with the pontiff’s recognition of his heroic virtue. Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato [Read More...]

“It’s time to stop the craziness”: Brooklyn priest to hold Month’s Mind Mass for slain police officers

From The New York Daily News: Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, will say a special Month’s Mind Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday to mark the one-month anniversary of the assassinations of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. “It will be a month on Tuesday, but the Month’s Mind [Read More...]

Laicized priest Thomas Williams speaks out on mandatory celibacy

From Kathy Schiffer’s blog:  “..My basic thought is that personal failures don’t necessarily mean that institutions like priestly celibacy are necessarily wrong-headed. The fact that many married people commit adultery shouldn’t call into question the validity of marriage as an essential social institution. We would often justify our personal wrongdoing by blaming an institution or [Read More...]

Reuters: meet the “father-priests” of the Philippines

Details: Every Sunday morning, dozens of Roman Catholics gather at a small chapel on an island in the central Philippines to listen to Father Jess Siva share his personal experiences as a priest, and as a parent. Siva, 54, has been celebrating Mass in the town of Lambunao for the past 15 years, giving communion, [Read More...]

Reports: Dublin priest tells his congregation he’s gay—and gets a standing ovation

  St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin via Wikipedia From The Guardian:  An Irish Catholic priest received a standing ovation from his congregation when he revealed he was gay and then declared his support for same-sex marriage from the pulpit, according to reports. Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at the Church of St [Read More...]

A “miracle” for a priest who was told he’d never walk again

Two summers ago, I had the good fortune of meeting Fr. John Murray, who invited me to speak at a retreat on preaching at the San Alfonso Retreat House on the Jersey Shore. It was a great getaway, and the retreat house is a gorgeous spot. There’s nothing like waking up to the scent of salt [Read More...]

A priest forever

Wednesday, the poignant picture below appeared on the Facebook page of Toledo Bishop Daniel Thomas with this explanation: Please join me in praying for the happy repose of the soul of one of our priests, Father Jerome Niedermier, who you may recall I had the joy of meeting on the day of the announcement of [Read More...]

The deacon serves “on his knees looking up, not on his throne looking down”

Those words came from a homily delivered at an unusual ordination this weekend in Albany. From The Troy Record: Frederick Richard Lesser, a widowed father of three grown children, was ordained a transitional deacon Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Madison Avenue and Eagle Street, a step toward priesthood. “From the time [Read More...]

Fr. Rutler on the Episcopal Church: “A tragic example of what happens when you abandon a serious commitment to the teachings of Christ”

From an extensive interview in the Catholic World Report:  CWR: You’ve spent half your life as a Roman Catholic and half in the Episcopalian church. The Church of England—of which the Episcopalian church is an outgrowth—recently made the news by naming its first female bishop, Libby Lane. How has the Episcopalian church changed over your lifetime? [Read More...]