Posts Tagged ‘Priestly Celibacy’

Bishop ‘breaks ranks’ over celibacy at Synod

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Celibacy is not an obstacle to increasing priestly vocations. According to Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalandia and a member of the current Amazon synod the real issue is a lack of holiness. de Queiroz says combating priest shortages in the Amazon region by ordaining mature married men does not address a greater problem. Read more

Bishops’ head defends priestly celibacy

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

The Church should “deepen its understanding of the uninterrupted tradition of priestly celibacy in the Latin rite” says Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Ouellet says a deepened understanding of celibacy is preferable to grabbing at quick solutions to resolve the current lack of priests. He makes the claim in his newly Read more

Married priests ignites debate about celibacy

Monday, September 2nd, 2019
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In the sprawling Amazon region, the Catholic Church is severely short on priests. Clerics trek from one town to the next, sometimes requiring military transport to get to their remote destinations. Communities can go months without a visit. The church, as a result, is struggling to hold its influence. One new proposal to ease the Read more

Cardinal says married priests possible later this year

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Married priests could be a possibility if prelates ask Pope Francis to allow it, German Cardinal Walter Kasper says. Kasper, who is considered one of Francis’s close theological advisers, says such a change could be made during this year’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon set for this October, if the prelates were to ask Read more

Celibacy and priestly ministry

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

There has been a clamor among some priests to abolish mandatory celibacy and make it optional. For them, celibacy is a burden that is very difficult to live with. They contend that if it was made optional, more men will be attracted to the priesthood, especially at a time when there is a shortage of Read more

NZ bishops look into issues raised by Australian Royal Commission

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference (NZCBC) is following the response of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference to some of the recommendations made by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in its final report. The seal of Confession In a statement, the NZCBC says Confession is often not understood. “In many cases, the Read more

NZ Bishops will to use their own pastoral guidelines with respect to children of priests

Thursday, March 8th, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic bishops will continue to follow their own pastoral practices with respect to the children of priests rather than adopting the Irish bishops’ guidelines. The bishops’ spokesperson, Amanda Gregan, responding to questions from RNZ, said the bishops had “read with interest the Irish Bishops’ guidelines concerning children of priests”. However, “They will Read more

Bishop acknowledges priest’s paternity

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Bishop of Auckland believes Auckland woman’s is daughter of Catholic priest

The Bishop of Auckland says he believes an Auckland woman’s claim that she is the daughter of a Catholic priest. Bishop Patrick Dunn says he has seen and accepted further evidence. The woman has not made her name public and uses the pseudonym ‘Kathleen’. Bishop Dunn says he told the woman that he confirmed this Read more

Auckland woman: my father was a priest

Monday, February 12th, 2018

An Auckland woman has spoken out about her belief that her late father was a Catholic priest. Using the pseudonym ‘Kathleen’, the woman says her father had a high profile in the Auckland diocese. “He was a very good priest, a wonderful person, much loved, respected,” she says. ‘Kathleen’ says the journey of his priestly Read more

NZ Catholic Church admits ‘a small number’ of children here were fathered by priests

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The head of an Irish support group for the children of Catholic priests says there are several in New Zealand – and the church has acknowledged it. Continue reading Related Posts:Irish bishops choose woman to guide route to national synodSynod to discuss reform and faith crisis in IrelandFemale Catholic priests call papal edict…Catholic women in Read more