Yes, Catholics need more priests

As a regular part of his ministry, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore says Masses on behalf of Catholics who have left the church.The unique element of these rites is that he offers his prayers for anyone he has -- during his 45 years as a priest, with or without knowing it -- driven away from Catholic pews and altars.This isn't the kind of ecclesiastical issue that makes headlines.Nevertheless, this is a quiet kind of crisis that priests must take seriously, said O'Brien, in a … [Read more...]

Catholic South shall rise

Catholics in the urban Northeast are getting used to the headlines.Parishioners in East Harlem have decided to conduct a vigil in a beloved old sanctuary because church leaders plan to lock the doors -- forever. The Archdiocese of New York recently said it would close or merge 21 churches in order to gather more people in fewer pews to be served by a declining number of priests.A parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Angels told the New York Times: "People have been baptized here and married here, … [Read more...]

Fathers, mothers & Catholic sons, Part I

The Chicago news was full of sex, children and Roman collars.This wasn't part of the first national "Sins of the Fathers" furor in the mid-1980s. This was the early 1990s and the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago eventually opened its files on all 2,252 priests who had served in the previous four decades. The powers that be hunted for pedophiles and they found one.The key word is "one." One priest had been accused of assaulting a prepubescent child. The other allegations involved priests and … [Read more...]


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