Posts Tagged ‘Priests’

Priests willing to go to jail to uphold confessional seal Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Catholic priests say they will face jail rather than break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse. The priests are responding to South Australia’s decision to join the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to create laws to force Catholic priests to break the seal of confession, to report paedophiles to police. The new laws, Read more

Pope laments haemorrhaging of priests and nuns Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Pope Francis is lamenting the haemorrhaging of nuns and priests in Europe. God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service, he says. Read more Related Posts:Nuns withdrawn from violent cityLegal forum for poor created by priests, nunsContemplative nuns receive new Read more

National priests’ assembly returns to South Comments 0

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Christchurch is to be the venue for the fourth national assembly of diocesan priests later this year. These assemblies, an initiative of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, happen every five years. The three previous national assemblies were in Blenheim (twice) and in Rotorua. Continue reading Related Posts:NZ Bishops will to use their own pastoral Read more

Oscar-nominated director praised for image of nuns, priests Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The director of Oscar-nominated Lady Bird – an American comedy-drama – is being praised for the way the movie portrays nuns and priests. “It’s in many ways a love letter … to Catholic schools,” Monsignor James Murphy says. He says he is glad to see nuns and priests portrayed in a favourable light in the Read more

Auckland woman: my father was a priest Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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:Guidelines for priests who father childrenPriests’ children need to be acknowledgedPractical steps to help keep your kid in the ChurchBishop’s cervical cancer vaccine comments…

Legal forum for poor created by priests, nuns Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

In India Christian priests and nuns working in legal the profession have created a forum to help them bring justice to the poor and downtrodden. Read more Related Posts:Underground ‘rent a priest’ service illegalImmigration advocate who has performed abortions…Poor people a resource not a problem says PopeParish priests are called upon to support marriages

Why Hollywood turned against Catholic priests Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

In film history, the priest has been among the most common and enduring characters, and to a large extent has been played by actors of Catholic background. From the 1930s, Catholics were prominent in Hollywood, whether actors such as Spencer Tracy and James Cagney or directors like John Ford and Leo McCarey. Producers turned to Read more

Priestly cassock making a comeback? Comments 0

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Monsignor Charles Pope (sic) explains why some of the younger generation of priests are rescuing the cassock from the back of the wardrobe. “I love the cassock. It is practical, comfortable, defining, and a good memorare for both priest and layman,” he says. Continue reading Related Posts:Religious belief makes a comeback among French youthBishop Drennan’s Chrism Read more

Would married priests fix the shortage? Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States. Today, that number has more than doubled, with one priest for every 1,800 Catholics. Globally, the situation is worse. The number of Catholics per priest increased from 1,895 in 1980 to 3,126 in 2012, according to a report from CARA at Read more