Posts Tagged ‘Priests’

Chaldean patriarch scolds ‘little empire’ priests Comments 0

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Taking a leaf out of Pope Francis’s book, the new head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has rebuked priests who do not focus on the spiritual care of their people. In a pastoral letter from his patriarchal see in Baghdad, Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako warned that some priests “have turned their parishes in little Read more

‘Terrible things’ in Milwaukee abuse documents Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The American archdiocese of Milwaukee has released 6000 pages of documents relating to clergy sex abuse, including the personnel files of 42 priests and the depositions of Church leaders including New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Cardinal Dolan, now the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was formerly archbishop of Milwaukee. Cardinal Dolan’s Read more

Priests in Syria stay with people despite risks of war Comments 0

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Priests in Syria are choosing to stay with their people despite the death of a monk who was killed by Islamist rebels involved in the country’s civil war. Father Francois Mourad died at the Franciscan monastery of Saint Anthony of Padua, near the Turkish border, while trying to defend nuns and local Christians who had Read more

Priests’ people skills need improving says Bishop Comments 0

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Phillip Egan, the Bishop of Portsmouth, told priests they must improve their people skills in order for the “new evangelisation” to flourish. “As priests our attitude towards people is critical. My Dad, an ordinary Catholic, loves Pope Francis: his big smile, his chatty humanity, his down-to-earth approach, his concern for those on the margins. He Read more

Cardinal Pell denies covering up priestly child abuse Comments 1

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

An apologetic Cardinal George Pell has appeared before a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse and vehemently denied personally covering up offending by priests. “No. Never,” the Sydney cardinal told the inquiry. He said the offending had largely escaped the view of Church officials who didn’t know what a “mess” they were presiding over. Cardinal Read more

Priests and alcoholism Comments 0

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Every week or so, Father Ray toted a suitcase past the rectory offices. “Dry cleaning,” he’d say. “Liquor bottles,” feared both the pastor and Mary Catherine Meek, who worked in the suburban Chicago parish. People caught whiffs of alcohol on Father Ray (not his real name) at Mass. He had undergone treatment for alcoholism before Read more

Mentors and abusers — a Catholic son’s story Comments 0

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Brother Dennis of the Little Brothers of Mary, as they were originally known, was buried at a cemetery near Melbourne in March, 1992. His two families — the one he grew up with, and the clergy that he made his adult life with — were both present, and separate. The coffin lowered, the mourners were Read more

Pope wants ‘decisive’ action on priestly sex abuse Comments 0

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Pope Francis has directed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to “act decisively” on cases of priestly sex abuse. The Pope discussed the congregation’s responsibilities for at least an hour on April 5 with its prefect, Archbishop Gerhard Muller, but the formal statement following the meeting referred only to dealing with sexual abuse. Read more

Pope Francis drops in for lunch with priests Comments 0

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Pope Francis joined a prominent Vatican official and seven priests for lunch on Holy Thursday and emphasised the importance of hearing confessions. Archbishop Giovanni Becciu has a longtime custom of inviting priests to join him for lunch on Holy Thursday — a custom that predates his 2011 appointment as deputy secretary of state responsible for Read more

Seminary enrolments rise in Australia and US Comments 2

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Seminary enrolments in Australia and the United States are rising, in spite of the sex abuse and other scandals that have plagued the Catholic Church in recent years. In Australia, the seminary intake has risen from about 235 a year in 2007 to 350 in 2012. The rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Queensland, Monsignor Read more