Thomas Williams Addresses Priestly Celibacy, As Philippine “Father-Priests” Hope for Change

Dr. Thomas D. Williams with his family in Rome

When Pope Francis visits the Philippines this week, the self-styled "Company of Priests With Families" holds hope that the pontiff will recognize them.  According to Reuters, Father Jess Siva from the town of Lambunao, founder of the group, is one of at least five priests from the Archdiocese of Jaro and the neighboring Archdiocese of Bacolod who have abandoned the Church's celibacy requirement and are raising families.In 1997 Silva officiated at the wedding of a fellow Catholic priest, … [Read more...]

Dear Ms. Walker: You Are Not a Priest

On Saturday, January 3 in Kansas City, Georgia Walker attempted to do what no woman had done before:  She tried to become a Roman Catholic priest.And she's got the pictures to prove it:  Georgia smiling, arms raised in triumph, vested in red and white, processing down the aisle at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church.  Her friend, "Bishop" Bridget Mary Meehan, smiles proudly at her side.  Attending the ceremony were members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a group of sim … [Read more...]

Say a Prayer for Pope Francis Today, As He Celebrates His Priesthood Anniversary

Pope Francis priesthood anniversary

Yes, he is the Vicar of Christ, leader of the Catholic Church in the entire world.  But today, Pope Francis is remembering his priestly ordination.  It was on December 13, 1969 that he was ordained by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano, Archbishop of Córdoba.This morning, Pope Francis asked for prayer for himself, and for all priests.Here, from Catholic Online, a prayer for a priest:  O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him … [Read more...]