Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

A priest’s plea: “Please, Holy Father: Enough”

My friend Msgr. Charles Pope has a piece at the National Catholic Register which echoes what I have heard and read from many priests.  He is as vexed as many priests about some off-the-cuff remarks made by His Holiness the Pope … Continue reading

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Our leadership: autocrats and authoritarians

This applies to priests as well. From LifeSite: Why some bishops behave the way they do June 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Why can’t 40 Days for Life in my home town get any support from our local bishop? Why does … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination

Well… this is it.  I made it this far. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days were common times for ordinations and Ember … Continue reading

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Kerknet – the portal website of the Catholic Church in Flanders – attacks Ordinatio sacerdotalis

How do you say Fishwrap in Flemish? My first thought was, this antic trumpery would not have been attempted in the pontificates of St. John Paul II or Benedict XVI. A Belgian Catholic newspaper, what seems to be the official Flemish language catholic newpaper … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Maximized” priest returns to duties after marriage and divorce

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Maximized priest returning to priestly duties Our new parochial vicar (NO parish) is a priest who was married, divorced, and is now “returning to priestly duty.” What exactly does this mean? Can he licitly confect the Eucharist? Can … Continue reading

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I am pretty tired of this B as in B, S as in S.

A few inflammatory points by way of introduction. First, there are those who say that many of the problems in the Church today can be traced back to the influence of a kind of “jansenism” impressed during formation in seminaries way back … Continue reading

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NB US CLERICS: Confraternity of Catholic Clergy meeting

The US version of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy will be holding its meeting 12-15 July in Philadelphia, PA. Click on over there and have a look. The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy is an association of 600 Roman Catholic Priests … Continue reading

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New Oratory of St. Philip Neri to form

I received today a press release from the Diocese of Portsmouth, England, which says that the great Bishop Philip Egan has “has invited Fr Dominic Jacob CO (co-founder of the Oxford Oratory) and Fr Peter Edwards and Fr David Hutton, generously … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project!

In the past we have had here a project to get birettas for seminarians.  It was a success (for example HERE) but, alas, it has fallen off the radar.  Let’s get back at it.   I am still getting notes from … Continue reading

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Vocations to the priesthood: bad numbers? Those numbers didn’t just happen by themselves.

I’ve written many times about the situation of vocations to the priesthood. We all know that there are certain parishes in dioceses which produce more priests. We all know that there are certain dioceses which produce more priests. We all … Continue reading

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