Posts Tagged ‘Priests’

The reality of the Irish Church Comments 0

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
sean mcdonagh

On the day that the papal nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, told the US-based Catholic News Service that he saw “that Irish Catholicism had entered a new springtime,” representatives of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) were trying to convince a group of Irish bishops that the Irish Catholic Church was facing, among other Read more

Italian women having affairs with priests write to Pope Comments 0

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

A group of 26 Italian women – all claiming to be in affairs with priests – have written to Pope Francis pleading with him to end the celibacy requirement. The women said that there were many more like them who were “living in silence”. “We love these men, they love us, and in most cases, Read more

Silenced priests: A question of conscience Comments 0

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Tony Flannery

Let us talk about Catholic priests. Consider especially those who are now in their 60s, after a life of service to their church. They were seminarians in the heady days of Vatican II when everything seemed possible. They managed to survive the aftermath of was Humanae Vitae and continued to preach and counsel, to lead the sacred Read more

Francis shows his human side Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014
William Grimm

When the head of an international religious order visited Japan many years ago, I was asked to be his translator. One evening at a convent of the order, the superior greeted a large group of nuns, saying what a pleasure it was to be with them for the visitation (shisatsu). I thought I had turned Read more

Filipino priest targeted by hitman Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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A mysterious death threat turned Filipino priest Fr Elric Jorquia’s path towards New Zealand. A young priest from a sleepy town in Malaybalay, Southern Philippines, Fr Jorquia was surprised by a call from a journalist friend who informed him of the threat. In October 2012, the Malaybalay police conducted an operation where a killer for Read more

Pope: Church must not create selfish little monsters Comments 1

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Pope Francis has said men studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood should be properly trained or the Church could risk “creating little monsters” more concerned with their careers than serving people. Describing the formation of future priests as a work of art, not a police action, the Holy Father urged the major superior of priests Read more

After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests Comments 0

Friday, September 27th, 2013

After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades. This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 Read more

Archbishop Chong says priesthood and party politics do not mix Comments 0

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Catholic priests are not allowed to get involved in party politics, which means they cannot support a party, stand for a party or promote or tell the congregation about which particular party they should support. According to Archbishop Peter Chong, the head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, this is a non-negotiable principle and forms Read more

Priests, nun, choir leader linked to sex abuse cases Comments 1

Friday, September 6th, 2013

A lawyer in the United States this week released the names of five priests, a nun and a choir director linked to clergy sex abuse cases. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian released the names on Wednesday. The lawyer periodically releases new names publicly, and is highly critical of Catholic church officials for what he says is their Read more

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