Posts Tagged ‘Priests’

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

Nearly 500 priests call on synod to uphold moral teachings Comments 2

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Nearly 500 priests in England and Wales have signed a letter calling on the synod on the family to uphold the Church’s “unchanging” moral teaching. The letter also calls on the synod, to be held in October, to resist any moves to allow Communion for the divorced and remarried. A draft text of the letter Read more

UK priests urged to call on synod to hold line on marriage Comments 3

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
CNA synod pic reszied

Priests in England and Wales are being urged to sign a letter calling on the family synod to resist any move to allow Communion for the civilly remarried. The letter also calls on the synod to proclaim the Church’s “unchanging” moral teaching. The initiative comes from a group of dozen priests, dubbed by The Tablet Read more

Priest moonlights behind the bar Comments 0

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

During his off-hours William Dailey mixes cocktail behind a bar. In his day job, he is a priest and lawyer who is currently the Thomas More Fellow at Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics & Culture. He says a bar offers a similar sense of community as a church. “A bar with a good community of Read more

Bishop’s dealings with ‘playboy’ priests being investigated Comments 0

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Pope Francis has ordered an inquiry into an Italian bishop after scandalous behaviour by some of the priests in his diocese. Albenga-Imperia diocese in northern Italy has been seen as hosting a number of so-called “playboy priests”, who frequently broke the law. An apostolic visitor will assess the capability of Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70, who Read more