Posts Tagged ‘Priesthood’

Ordaining women to the priesthood will not fix the church’s institutional problems

Monday, October 11th, 2021

When the Catholic Church officially addresses the question of whether women can be ordained to the priesthood, as it did in “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis,” the answer is generally something along the lines of: “It can’t be done.” To the modern ear that “can’t” is jarring. After all, the history of humanity is very much a history Read more

Looking for radical solutions to Church of England decline

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Petertide — the days around the feast of St. Peter on June 29 — is traditionally one of the most joyful seasons for the Church of England, a time for the ordination of new priests and deacons. But this year’s Petertide has been marred by what many have interpreted as an attack on the future Read more

Women’s Ordination Conference surveys Catholic women in lay ministry

Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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University of Chicago Divinity School student Rebecca MacMaster entered seminary out of a desire to make the Catholic Church “the best it can be” and to answer a calling to teach and work in college or parish ministry. “My Catholic identity is so important to me, and it informs so much of how I interact Read more

Robot priests bless, advise and can perform your funeral

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
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A new priest named Mindar is holding forth at Kodaiji, a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Like other clergy members, this priest can deliver sermons and move around to interface with worshippers. But Mindar comes with some … unusual traits. A body made of aluminum and silicone, for starters. Mindar is a robot priest. Read more

Why the priesthood must change

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

After 1,500 years of consecutive church services, a Catholic parish in Ireland canceled Mass for its parishioners. The Church of the Sacred Heart, in Boho, Co. Fermanagh, canceled a regularly scheduled service because of a shortage of priests. This is a serious concern in Ireland and around the world. According to The Catholic News Agency; Read more

Women in the Church: What has been is not what need be

Monday, July 29th, 2019
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Can you say where in the Gospels Jesus institutes the presbyterate (priesthood) and the deaconate? Hint: nowhere. St. Paul mentions deacons along with bishops in his letter to the Christians of Philippi. Later, in the first epistle to Timothy, Paul (or more likely someone writing in his name) talks of the qualifications for those ministries. Read more

New poll shows growing view that clergy are irrelevant

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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In her 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson sketches a portrait of the Rev. John Ames, a small- town pastor in 1950s Iowa who is humble, self-aware, compassionate and devoted to his family and his congregation, and they to him. Americans no longer hold clergy in such high regard, according to a recent poll, Read more

Can the Catholic Church find salvation in a greater role for women?

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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For committed Catholic Kate Englebrecht, most days at her home in Mudgee in the central west of New South Wales start with a simple routine — quiet reflection and prayer. It is in stark contrast to the recent turbulent times for the church, including a royal commission which exposed widespread sexual abuse, and the conviction Read more

Catholic priest fights in a boxing tournament

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

On Tuesday night, Feb. 19, I will fight in the 89th annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament put on by the University of Notre Dame’s amateur boxing club. Three years ago, I was the first priest to fight in the tournament—and lost in a split decision in the heavyweight final. I consider it an honour to Read more

Fr Harry Costello celebrates 60 years of priesthood

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Father Harry Costello was ordained 60 years ago, at the age of 25. Costello and three others will have their decades of service celebrated in a Jubilarians’ Mass at St Mary’s Church in Whanganui on September 18. Continue reading Related Posts:150 years later Lyttelton Catholic church closesPope Francis congratulates retired former Pope BenedictCatholic church will Read more