Posts Tagged ‘Priests’

Priesthood and Ordination Comments 0

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Last weekend, the Archdiocese of Sydney was blessed with two new priests – Fathers Thomas Stevens and Lewi Barakat. Ordinations are always an emotional occasion, but this particular Ordination Mass had a significant impact on me. In the weeks leading up to the Ordination, (then) Deacon Lewi had told me that the Ordination was not Read more

Stories about Irish priests refusing invites to be bishops Comments 0

Friday, August 28th, 2015

The papal nuncio to Ireland has said he is unable to confirm or deny stories about Irish priests refusing invitations to become bishops. In a lengthy interview in the Irish Times, Archbishop Charles Brown said this was because “when the Pope asks someone to be a bishop, it’s a very personal  invitation”. None of the Read more

Mexican priests get cards to distinguish from scammers Comments 0

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Priests in two ecclesiastical provinces in Mexico are being issued with cards to help distinguish them from false priests trying to scam people. The cards will be issued in Tlalnepantla and Mexico ecclesiastical provinces. The phenomenon of “false priests” is on the rise across the nation. The scammers go to hospitals, cemeteries and churches outside Read more

Call to remember priests who died at Dachau Comments 0

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Dachau resized

Poland’s Catholic Church has called for a fitting tribute to hundreds of its priests who died in the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau. Commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau, near Munich, in 1945 run from April 30 to May 3. A spokesman for the Polish bishops, Msgr Józef Kloch, said Dachau Read more

Bishop to priests: Stop the homily abuse Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A Bishop in the Philippines told his priest to stop abusing the kindness of people by subjecting them to boring, unorganised, unprepared, mumbled homilies. “We have seen many abuses among the clergy – alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse, gambling abuse, money abuse, travelling abuse, vacation abuse. Today, I invite you to turn your hearts Read more

Pope tells new priests never to refuse Baptism Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Pope Francis has told several newly ordained priests never to refuse Baptism to anyone who asks for it. Speaking after presiding at an ordination Mass at St Peter’s Basilica on April 26, the Pope also warned the newly ordained against being vain priests. “A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis Read more

Irish church set to drop wedding civil role if law changes Comments 0

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Ireland wedding civil form resized

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have warned that the Church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if same-sex marriage is legalised. Ireland is to have a referendum on legal same-sex marriage next month. If the bishops’ warning comes to pass, it would mean couples married in the Catholic Church in Ireland would have to Read more

Number of potential US ordinations up by quarter Comments 0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The number of potential ordinands in the United States this year is up by 25 per cent from 2014. According to US Conference of Catholic Bishops figures, there are 595 men in the “class of 2015”, up from 477 in 2014 and 497 in 2013. The 2015 class of men to be ordained to the Read more

Italy priests’ scandals involve gay orgies and maybe murder Comments 0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Two separate, highly embarrassing Church scandals have generated lurid coverage in the Italian press. A north Italian priest has been removed from office after allegations he looked for gay lovers on the Internet and had been involved in gay orgies. The priest admitted online to sexual relationships with other religious figures – as well as Read more

UK cardinal tells priests not to treat synod as a battle Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015
Cardinal Nichols resized

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has told priests not to regard this year’s synod on the family as a “battle”. Speaking at a Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral during Holy Week, Cardinal Nichols warned such hostilities can cause “collateral damage”. His comments came a week after he rebuked the 461 priests in England and Wales Read more