Notre Dame’s Rev. Theodore Hesburgh dies

From AP:   The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh was always a man of conscience. He did what he thought was right during his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches. Hesburgh died late Thursday night on the university campus in South Bend, Indiana. He was 97. [Read More...]

“This is obviously a very serious violation of the commitments, obligations and duties of the priesthood”

My blog neighbor Rebecca Hamilton first posted on this a couple days back, and I’m only now catching up. But all I can add is (as we say in Brooklyn): oy. From Rebecca’s blog: It seems that last November, Father Letourneau secretly got married. He then tried to hide it and continue his work as a [Read More...]

A young priest responds to criticism of the newly ordained

A couple weeks back, a post over at PrayTell got a lot of attention, and stirred up a lot of debate, describing what it called “the pastoral difficulties with newly ordained priests.”  Now a priest ordained in 2011 has offered a thoughtful response. Fr. David M. Friel, a blogging priest from Philadelphia, addresses the specific “difficulties” cited [Read More...]

Married Catholic priest: “I can’t be a good pastor if I’m a lousy dad or lousy husband”

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a story that will be familiar to a lot of deacons: On a January weeknight, Halyna Charron was finishing preparations of a dinner of spinach pie, pork and tabouli salad. Her husband, the Rev. Jason Charron, and all but the youngest of their six daughters, who range from 2 to 13 [Read More...]

The need for native-speaking priests and deacons in New Zealand

Danny Karetea-Goddard at his ordination in July 2014, from New Zealand Catholic. From Radio New Zealand: At the most recent New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Barry Jones voiced concerns that the Mass in Te Reo was slowly dying due to a lack of priests, who could conduct them in Maori. Bishop Jones, a Pakeha, [Read More...]

Meet the Jewish boy who grew up to be a married Catholic priest

I remember posting on (then-Deacon) Paul Schenck when he was ordained. He’s back in the news again;  a local paper in Pennsylvania covered his recent appearance at a Theology on Tap and discussed his work for pro-life causes: The Rev. Paul Schenck is a married Catholic priest. You may think that’s a poorly written sentence that should [Read More...]

Scalia the prophet: “See how these Christians complain to one another”

This essay by Fr. Paul Scalia (son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin) popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday. “The Church Militant or the Church Belligerent?” was published eight years ago, but it seems even more pertinent—even prophetic—today. Read it all, but here’s a snip, from Catholic Answers: The Church, like a nation, must defend herself [Read More...]

More from Fr. Joshua, the rapping priest—and a simply sensational vocations video, to boot—UPDATED

Jack Maguire, Social Media Coordinator at Ascension Press, dropped me a line today: Ascension Press just released a vocations video featuring Fr. Joshua. I thought you may be interested in sharing this as a followup to your initial post. The video goes into greater detail on Fr. Joshua’s conversion and his journey to the priesthood. Put [Read More...]

Fr. Richard McBrien dies

From NCR:  Fr. Richard McBrien, who as a scholar brought distinction to a university theology department and who as an author and often-interviewed popular expert explained the Catholic church to the wider world, died early Sunday morning. He was 78. McBrien had been seriously ill for several years and had moved recently from South Bend, [Read More...]

Meet Fr. Joshua Johnson, Baton Rouge’s youngest priest—and a rapper. UPDATED

Joshua Johnson speaks to a group of young people at an archdiocesan revival meeting in 2014. From The Archdiocese of New Orleans Clarion Herald Following in the footsteps of Fr. Stan Fortuna? Details from The Baton Rouge Advocate: A young Catholic priest who enjoys rap music had a few confessions about his faith and his [Read More...]


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