Barron on Merton, On His 100th Birthday

Fr Robert Barron

 Father Robert Barron is the founder of the global ministry Word on Fire, and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary. He is the creator of the award winning documentary series, "Catholicism"  and "Catholicism:The New Evangelization."Here, Father Barron offers his reflections on the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton. *     *     *     *      * I write these words on the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century and a … [Read more...]

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...]