Posts Tagged ‘Priests’

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
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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
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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

Pope warns bishops not to accept priests when clergy are few Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Pope Francis has warned bishops not to accept priests just because there is a shortage of them in a diocese. In an address to the Congregation for Clergy on October 3, Pope Francis asked bishops to think of the good of the people of God and to study the itinerary of vocations carefully. Vocations are Read more

Priests told not to quiet noisy kids at Mass Comments 6

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Priests in England and Wales have been told to put up with noisy children at Mass, as Church leaders encourage more families to go to church on Sundays. Bishop Kieran Conroy, who chairs the England and Wales bishops’ evangelisation committee, said he “strongly discouraged” priests from intervening to prevent children talking during Mass. Bishop Conry, the Read more

Vatican tells priests to stay at altar for Sign of Peace Comments 14

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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The Vatican’s congregation for worship has ruled that priests are not to leave the altar to make the Sign of Peace with the faithful at Mass. In a recent circular, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments listed several “abuses” of the Sign of Peace that are to be stopped. These Read more

One twelfth of England and Wales priests used to be Anglican Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Up to one in twelve Catholic priests in England and Wales are former Church of England clergy, recent research shows. A study reported by The Tablet shows there are 389 Catholic priests who were once Anglican priests, with 87 being in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. It is estimated that there are 3000 Read more