Womenpriests say excommunication doesn’t bother them because “most of us just ignore it”

They ignore all the other demands of the Church, so why not that one, too? Details:   The Roman Catholic Womenpriests gained their 121st American member on Saturday, when candidate Ann Poelking Klonowski was ordained as a priest in Brecksville, Ohio — not that the Catholic Church recognizes the ceremony. Canon law 1024 states explicitly that “a baptized male alone receives [Read More...]

Kentucky priest captures tales of dying, devotes himself to making sure “no one dies alone”

A remarkable ministry, with a remarkable story behind it, as reported by USA TODAY:  It wasn’t just one thing that led the Rev. Paul Scaglione to devote so much of his ministry to the terminally and the chronically ill over his 40 years as a Roman Catholic priest. There was his own near-fatal diabetic coma four decades [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “I’m a father but I’ve never married. Can I become a Catholic priest?”

I got this e-mail this morning from Kampala, Uganda: I am a Ugandan Catholic, aged 30. I am a father to a 6-year-old girl. However, I’ve never married and I am currently single, living a more or less celibate life.  Is it possible for me to become a Catholic priest? Well, as someone once said, [Read More...]

When a priest dies

Since this is a subject my parish is now facing, I thought I’d share some details about traditions and customs surrounding the funeral of a priest. Fr. Joshua Janko blogged about this a few years ago: What are some of the traditional practices that accompany a priest when they die? Well, I should first start [Read More...]

Newly ordained married priest: “My new journey is just beginning”

Father George Sanders blesses his wife and children after his ordination. (photo: Bob Ocken, Arkansas Catholic) From Arkansas Catholic:  On his ordination day Aug. 3, Father George Sanders reflected on his journey that got him to Christ the King Church in Little Rock kneeling before Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. As the bishop laid hands on [Read More...]

“Nothing short of a miracle”: mystery priest appears at crash site

You never see stories like this in the mainstream media, but here’s one from Missouri this week: Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning. Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on [Read More...]

Want to promote vocations? Try this.

Fr. Paul, center, with clergy from the parish before Mass. For several years now, my parish has undertaken a novena to St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, as a way to support seminarians and pray for vocations. The novena opens with a Mass celebrated by a jubilarian priest; it closes on a Sunday, as [Read More...]

The Father Who’s a Father: Meet the Priest Behind This Iconic Picture

The snapshot here went viral shortly after it was published, showing the diaconate ordination of former Anglican priest Patrick Allen, accompanied by his young son. Now Patrick Allen is a Catholic Father — in every sense — and here’s the rest of the story: It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry [Read More...]

“The Craziest Priest in Italy” Performs During Wedding Ceremony

Well, the Anglicans have their musical quirks—and so, it seems, do we Catholics. From HuffPo:  The Rev. Bruno Maggioni is making a name for himself in Italy, but it’s not for his rousing sermons. Maggioni has begun to garner quite the following for his wedding theatrics, singing and dancing his way through ceremonies in the Italian town [Read More...]

A Jesuit Says Goodbye

Here’s something you don’t see every day: in a letter, a priest nearing his 80th birthday explains his decision to leave both the priesthood and the Jesuit order after nearly half a century. Details:  In a lengthy, moving letter to friends and colleagues, veteran Jesuit priest Bert Thelen explains his reasons for leaving the order [Read More...]