Posts Tagged ‘Priests’

Oscar-nominated director praised for image of nuns, priests

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

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:Fiji’s Archbishop offers an apology for abuse’Review anxiety’ forces Irish priests to abandon…Today female priests now outnumber male ones in…Synod to discuss reform and faith crisis Read more

Legal forum for poor created by priests, nuns

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:Nuns shaken but hopeful after robbery76 Franciscan nuns test positive at monastery in GermanyMagazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex…Educating for a bijural Aotearoa New Read more

Why Hollywood turned against Catholic priests

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?

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:Paedophile priest Vincent Gerard Ryan has priestly…Vatican officials train for Read more

Would married priests fix the shortage?

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

Myanmar’s Catholic leaders leading Myanmar’s rebuild

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Myanmar’s Catholic leaders are planning to rebuild their country, which has been devastated by decades of military rule. Last week 72 bishops, priests, nuns and laypeople attended a “Mission planning for nation building” workshop to find a common platform so they could “effectively contribute to the building of the nation”. Read more Related Posts:Myanmar bishop Read more

Married priests: Pope’s response not so new after all

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

While Pope Francis’ recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March, Pope Francis was asked if allowing candidates for the priesthood to fall in love and Read more

Suicide and depression rising among Irish priests

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Suicide and depression and being turned into “sacrament dispensing machines” are part of an ongoing struggle for many Irish priests. Diocesan priests in Ireland are ““often pitied, patronised, reviled, insulted, disrespected, ignored and resented.” These words came from Fr Brendan Hoban at last week’s annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP). Abuse scandals  Read more