A special gift for the priest who has everything

Clerical jammies! This popped up on someone’s Facebook feed Tuesday night. On sale for $36.99. The pants come in different colors. But the shirt with that distinctive white square is, of course, basic black.  Order these here.  Might make a perfect gift for Father’s Day! [Read more...]

First priest ordained in the United States

Who knew? From my blog neighbor Pat McNamara: The first Catholic priest ordained within the limits of the original thirteen States of the Union, pioneer missionary of Kentucky, b. at Orléans, France, 17 July, 1768; d. at Cincinnati, Ohio, 21 April, 1853. Educated at Montaigu College, Paris, he entered the Sulpician Seminary of his native [Read More...]

The rise of the “labor priest”

An interesting observation on a subject you don’t hear about very much—and one that has a distinctly diaconal dimension: “Labor priests” were a recognized presence in the labor movement of the 1920s through the 1960s. Father Barry, the Karl Malden character in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront,” was the model of the priest who [Read More...]

Catholic Worker hosts “woman priest.” What would Dorothy Day think?

This news caught my eye this morning: In the middle of a living room, a table is set like an altar, with wine and bread prepared for Holy Communion. At the head is a priest dressed in a black shirt, jeans and sandals, hair tied behind the head revealing a gold earring hanging from each [Read More...]

The perils of celebrity priests

Over at Catholic Answers, Michelle Arnold has a thought-provoking piece about the perils of celebrity priests.  And she offers a valuable check list with some warning signs: I cannot presume to offer advice to priests on how to avoid the trap of celebrity. I can only leave that to the discernment of the priest and [Read More...]

Quote of the day, from a woman seeking ordination

“I don’t work for the Church anymore. My real job now is to give witness and stand up for what I believe in. I’m not leaving Catholicism. There’s much I love, especially the inner core, the mystics, the great tradition of wonderful staff. It’s the patriarchy that’s the downer.” — Lillian Lewis, who could probably [Read More...]

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...]