Posts Tagged ‘Deacon’

“Apprentice” deacons disrespect diaconate and priesthood

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
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In an October 2023 interview, Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said that the General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality raised the question of “reimaging” or “revisioning” the diaconate as a whole. It is precisely such a “revisioning” that many historians and theologians of the diaconate have been Read more

First Anglican priests, now deacons, ordination next year

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Cardinal George Pell is to ordain 10 former Anglican priests as deacons for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham next month. The group includes two men who are in their fifth year of studies for the priesthood. They are likely to be  the first clergy to have undertaken their entire formation within the Ordinariate. Read more

Catholic deacon given job of hermit at 350-year-old cliffside retreat

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

A Catholic deacon has won a competition to live in one of central Europe’s last hermitages, beating 50 other applicants to occupy a 350-year-old cliffside cell above a small Austrian town. Stan Vanuytrecht, 58, responded to an advertisement placed by Fr Alois Moser, which asked for someone with a “connection to Christian belief” and “at Read more

Women deacons in the Catholic Church?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Much of the world may be charmed by Pope Francis, but what has he done to include women as decision makers in the Catholic Church? More to the point, what can he do? Francis has, of course, been busy with other things. The seventy-eight-year-old Jesuit now in the third year of his papacy seems quite Read more

Maori deacon ordained in Palmerston North

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Over 600 people gathered in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North New Zealand for the ordination of Danny Karatea-Goddard to the permanent diaconate. Karatea-Goddard is the Bishop of Palmerston North’s Assistant for Māori Apostolate. The ordination took place on 7 June and was attended by people from Wairoa, Ohakune, Te Awa o Read more

Catholic deacon euthanised dozens of patients in Belgium

Friday, June 13th, 2014

A deacon who allegedly killed at least 40 hospital patients in Belgium believes he was acting out of compassion for them, because their suffering was excessive. Although euthanasia is legal in Belgium, Ivo Poppe, 57, is facing charges because there is no evidence patients consented to his actions. Poppe allegedly killed his victims at the Read more

Catholic Maori leader to be ordained a Deacon

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Palmerston North based man, Danny Karatea-Goddard, will be ordained a Deacon this weekend. He will be ordained by Bishop Charles Drennan, the Bishop of Palmerston North, on Saturday, at 11am, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Broadway Avenue. “Danny and [his wife] Maru are already widely involved in serving the Maori Catholic community as Read more

Cardinals want greater role for women in the Church

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Senior cardinals from Argentina and Germany have called for a greater leadership role for women in the Church. Argentinean Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who heads the Vatican department for Eastern Catholic Churches, said the next pontificate should see women having more leadership positions in the Vatican and beyond. “The role of women in the world has Read more

Deacon ordained at Manurewa

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Samuel Maetara was ordained deacon at St Anne’s parish in Manurewa on Sunday 15 July. It is hoped that he will be ordained to the priesthood in December in the Solomon Islands. Deacon Samuel Maetara, 33, is from Malaita Province in the Southern region of the Solomon Islands. He says that he feels called to serve Read more

Priest spared in $300,000, theft, not Deacon

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass noted the stark inequity in the case of a Joliet, Ill., diocesan Catholic priest who was sentenced to 60 days in jail for stealing some $300,000 from his parish, while a Joliet diocesan deacon who stole about the same amount from his church, was given six years in prison.

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