Tag Archives: priesthood

FLASH! Pope Francis speaks kindly about priests!

During his daily off-the-cuff, non-magisterial sermonette today, Pope Francis spoke about priests. And he didn’t bash them! In fact, as a refreshing change of pace today, he said some good things about priests. […] “On the contrary, it is impossible … Continue reading

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Proper “clericalism” defined and defended

It is time to fight back. Over at The Liturgy Guy there is a good post about clericalism. First, let me say that there is a good clericalism and a bad. The worst clericalism that we see is of pandemic … Continue reading

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On fear of the priest

Over at Vultus Christi, which I check every day, dom Mark posted a disturbing quote from St. John Chrysostom’s On the priesthood: All men are ready to pass judgment on the priest as if he was not a being clothed … Continue reading

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A prayer for vocations

In light of my post about the 20 year high in vocations to the priesthood in these USA, I received this: Thank you for your Blog. I saw the article you posted on the increase of Priestly Vocations. Thanks be … Continue reading

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US 20 year high for vocations to priesthood

There is a video interview on Wall Street Journal about a new book which explains that vocations to the priesthood are at a 20 year high. The interviewer is surprised!  She wanted to know if the Church be being more … Continue reading

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Scotland: priests attacked

From the Scottish Catholic Observer: Priests under attack By Ian Dunn and Martin Dunlop An arson blaze and robberies show that Scotland’s priests are, once again, being targeted by opportunistic criminals. [Again?!?] Priests in Scotland are increasingly living in fear … Continue reading

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Help priests in this vale of vale of tears

Think about how hard it is at times to cope with the three great challenges that accompany us as while we still draw breath: the world, the flesh and the Devil. The Devil and the fallen cohort of Hell hate … Continue reading

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How to get Francis wrong on homosexuality

Over at the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) I saw a self-indulgent piece by the new contributor, Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ.  He wrote a longish offering called “Sodom, homosexuality, drone strikes and prayer”. Here is a sample of Reese’s post … Continue reading

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CRI DE COEUR: “If there were no more priests hardly anyone would be crying about it.”

At Rorate I saw something (translated there from Italian) from the blog Radicati nella fede, for the Catholic community of Domodossola and Vocogno in the Diocese of Novara. This is a cri de coeur, if there ever was one. My … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Should I serve at the altar if I don’t want to be a priest?

From a reader: I have been an altar server for several years. However, after a slowdown two years ago, I have figured out that priestly ordination is probably not for me. Occasionally, I still serve at an Eastern Catholic parish, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS POLL: All-male sanctuary/altar service and vocations to the priesthood.

I have posted this poll before, but in light of another post, I thought I would revisit the question. Please select a response and make comments on this subject in the combox, below. And, yes, I know that some churches … Continue reading

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Helping priests who have no one else

Opus Bono Sacerdotii (OBS) is a lay organization that assists Catholic priests having difficulties. Their motto: A Catholic Priest Needs Your Help Right Now! From the website: We turn no priests away who need our help when we can help … Continue reading

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii – help priests who have no where else to turn

I have posted before about the Opus Bono Sacerdotii.  They help priests who have no one else to whom they can turn.  I know the people who started this organization and I have the highest confidence in them.  I have … Continue reading

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A mordant look at the wrong notion of “active participation”

From the amusing Eye of the Tiber: Culver City, CA––Parishioners of St. Raymond Catholic Church in Culver City, California were forced to jump into action during Mass early Monday morning when it appeared that only one priest would be available for the consecration. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priest at Mass as mere “presider”?

From a reader: I have attended a spiritual recollection of cathechesis assistants of ___. The augustinian frater who led the sessions concentrated on the Vatican II, said in his presentation about the SC constitution: “We all celebrate the Mass, the … Continue reading

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