A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattle’s Newest Priest

Amazing but true. Details:  There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral. From an early age, [Read More...]

Archbishop Myers Speaks Out on Fugee Case

The Newark prelate gave what appears to be his first interview on the case to Joan Frawley Desmond of the National Catholic Register late last week: Critics of your decision to allow a restricted role for Father Fugee as co-director of the Newark Archdiocese’s Office of Clergy Formation charge that you violated the U.S. bishops’ [Read More...]

Fr. George Rutler Reassigned

The well-known priest—an Episcopal convert, staunch traditionalist and a familiar fixture on EWTN—is leaving the parish he’s pastored for nearly a dozen years. Rutler broke the news in his parish bulletin:  Writing a weekly message to you is a challenge even under ordinary circumstances, because the cruel regimen of the printer requires that it be [Read More...]

A New Priest Looks Back: “This Year Has Been the Best of My Life…”

My friend and blog neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy marks a milestone:  One year ago today I was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ by Bishop William Murphy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  I celebrated the 11am Mass this morning here in my parish with the parishioners and many friends and family present. I’ve [Read More...]

A Priest’s Advice to the Newly Ordained

There’s a lot of wisdom here—and a lot of it, I think, could apply to deacons, as well. Since we are smack in the middle of ordination season, here’s some fraternal advice from Rev. Damian J. Ference, a priest of the diocese of Cleveland: I just celebrated my 10th anniversary of ordination two weeks ago, and [Read More...]

Fr. Andrew Greeley Dies

Details:  The Rev. Andrew Greeley, the outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist known for his deeply researched academic appraisals and sometimes scathing critiques of his church, died Wednesday night, several years after fracturing his skull in a freakish fall. The Rev. Greeley died in his sleep at his apartment at the John Hancock [Read More...]

Who’s the Longest-Serving Priest in the United States?

Well, here’s a look at one who’s up there, and holds at least one distinction among many: Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh is one of 22 members of Holy Cross celebrating anniversaries of Ordination or Religious Profession during this year’s Jubilee. A celebratory Mass is scheduled for today at the Basilica of the Sacred [Read More...]

Report: Accused Priests Collecting Mass Stipends—UPDATED

From WLS in Chicago:  Roman Catholic priests who are sex abusers are being paid to handle prayer requests from unsuspecting families. For centuries, the Catholic faithful have arranged masses for sick relatives, deceased loved ones or in the memory of friends. They’re called “intentions” and usually Catholics offer a small donation. The I-Team has discovered [Read More...]

Legion of Christ priest: “What God expects of me now is to care for my child and his mother”

Details:  A prominent American priest of the Legion of Christ religious order has decided to leave the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child years ago. The Legion said Saturday the Rev. Thomas Williams, a moral theologian, author, lecturer and television personality, had asked Pope Francis to be relieved of his celibacy and other priestly [Read More...]

Remembering Fr. Scott Carroll: “He wanted to be a priest”

Here, from the Toledo Blade, is the obituary for the man who was a priest for just 40 hours:  The Rev. Scott R. Carroll, who sustained his interest in becoming a Roman Catholic priest through an 18-year career as a middle school teacher and coach, died Friday in the Maumee home of his father, Robert. [Read More...]