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...]

Bringing faith to the marketplace — really

Meet a friar who spent a month evangelizing in the middle of a shopping mall. From the Catholic Sentinel: Dominican Father Tony Wall thinks Catholics should spend more time living out their faith in the marketplace. That’s why he spent every day, except Sunday, for a month in Portland’s Lloyd Center Mall. Father Wall, a [Read More...]

University hosts "female Catholic bishop"? Really?

Someone should do a better job of checking her credentials. Details: Rutgers University in Camden will host a woman theologian next week whom the university describes as a “female Catholic bishop.” “Roman Catholic Bishop Patricia Fresen, one of only three ordained female bishops in the world,” will lecture at the university at 12:20 p.m. April [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...]

"Married clergy is not why we have so many young priests…"

The Eastern church’s new young archbishop sat down for a chat with CNS this week. And he had some interesting things to say about his church and vocations: The new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, its youngest bishop, said he believes the other bishops elected him to promote unity within the church and with [Read More...]

A really late vocation: widower enters seminary at 67

All I can say is: Wow.  God bless him. Read all about it: One day after his 67th birthday in January, Jack Sidler traded in his 2,200-square-foot house for a 10-foot-by-11-foot dormitory room in Hales Corners, Wis. He traded in his retirement lifestyle — which included spending time with his three grown children and five [Read More...]

A great video: life with the Norbertines

Some longtime readers may remember the great story of Grant Desme, star player for the Oakland A’s, who left the A’s farm team last year to join the seminary — in fact, entering St. Michael’s Abbey, to begin formation with the Norbertines in Orange County in California.  I just stumbled on this beautifully produced video, [Read More...]

Warning: Fr. Ray Bourgeois facing dismissal over women's ordination

A prominent priest may soon be removed from his order over his very public support of women priests. From the National Catholic Reporter: Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois, the longtime peace activist and founder of SOA Watch, has received a letter from his order giving him 15 days to “publicly recant” his support of women’s ordination [Read More...]

In praise of the "necessary others"

I’ve posted a lot of items around here about wearing the Roman collar.  Elizabeth Scalia has a few choice thoughts about those who do — and suffer because of it: When Buddhist monks and nuns go out in public wearing their robes, they usually get some curious looks, but they’re not harangued for their vows [Read More...]

It's official: female "deacon" excommunication lifted

Last month, Norma Jean Coon renounced her attempted ordination to the diaconate.  And on Friday, the feast of the Annunciation, she publicly announced that her excommunication was lifted: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has lifted any canonical sanctions that I incurred by attempting ordination as a deacon. A letter from Bishop Robert [Read More...]


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