Full Question Why can’t a priest ever marry? Answer In the Eastern rites of the Church it is common for married men to be ordained to the priesthood. Further, in the Latin rite there are a few married men, converted ministers from other faiths, who are ordained to the Catholic priesthood. This, however, is not… Continue reading Why can’t a priest ever marry?
On Thursday Pope Francis spoke with the Vatican department in charge of priests, saying he is always happy when he sees young priests, because they are important for Christ and represent the youthful face of the Church. “I am always joyful when I meet young priests, because in them I see the youth of the… Continue reading Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests
Pope Francis has dismissed a New Hampshire priest from the clerical state, after the priest was convicted of stealing some $300,000 from the local diocese, a hospital and a deceased priest’s estate. “On February 28, 2017, Pope Francis decreed Edward J. Arsenault dismissed from the clerical state, and dispensed him from all obligations subsequent to… Continue reading Pope Francis dismisses from clerical state priest who stole $300k
I was struck by all the people, some still to be born, who would experience the anointing with oil over the coming year Yesterday evening I went to the Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral. Chrism Masses see the gathering of the entire diocese, bishop, priests, deacons and lay faithful, and are the occasion on which… Continue reading Why you should attend a Chrism Mass at least once in your life
As the heart of St John Vianney, patron of parish priests, visits England Mary O’Regan profiles 10 priests leading remarkable lives 1. Fr Andrew Apostoli Fr Andrew Apostoli was a leader in the founding of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a strict order that lives the austere Franciscan life to the letter. They seek… Continue reading Meet 10 of the world’s most amazing priests
Why are so many people forsaking or eschewing religious life? This is the question Pope Francis addressed during the plenary meeting of the Congregation for Consecrated Life at the Vatican. Historically, the church had no problem filling its seminaries, cloisters and abbeys with monks and nuns and other religious. It was a respected life, and… Continue reading Pope Francis expose the reason why vocations are on the decline
As a husband and father of two, my highest ambition is to have no grandchildren Few passages in Holy Writ ring true like St Paul’s lines in 1 Corinthians about not being able to get a proper look at our own reflections. When I was a teenager, I told anyone who would listen that my… Continue reading My dream for my kids: celibacy
Fr. Donald Calloway could give St. Augustine a run for his money, in terms of dramatic conversion stories. In a recent Vimeo video produced by Spirit Juice Studios and the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Calloway recalled his radical transformation from atheist, drug-addicted high school dropout to Catholic priest. The child of a military family, Donald… Continue reading He was a runner for the Japanese mafia. Now he's a Catholic priest.
When Archbishop Michael Jackels lifted the chalice during the consecration at a memorial Mass on Oct. 8 in Dubuque, Iowa, many hearts were filled with emotion. It was the first time this chalice had been used since the 7 a.m. Mass aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma docked in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The… Continue reading The body and Mass box of Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later
You might have heard of Phil Mulryne, a Manchester United footballer who’s shared the field with David Beckham and brought fame to Ireland with 27 caps – international appearances – in his athletic career. But now, Mulryne is setting aside his jersey to pursue the vocation of a Catholic Dominican priest. “This for me was… Continue reading Former Manchester United footballer to be a Dominican priest
The actor said he had known many good and holy priests and hoped future generations would too Mark Wahlberg has praised the priests he has known, and said he is praying for new vocations to the priesthood in America. In a Facebook video message to the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, which is meeting this week, the… Continue reading ‘I receive the Body of Christ through their hands’: Mark Wahlberg says he’s praying for priestly vocations
The synod will instead focus on ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment’ The topic of the next synod has been announced as “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, according to a Vatican statement released today. But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod – a meeting of bishops which will take place in 2014… Continue reading Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisors’
The Church may soon consider again considering married men for ordination to the priesthood. In some areas, the demand for sacraments is greater than the number of priests available to administer them. Historically, the Catholic Church has ordained married men to the diaconate and the priesthood. The decision for celibacy is made before the first… Continue reading Pope Francis asked to consider mature married men for priesthood
Can women be ordained to the priesthood? This is a question which provokes much debate in our modern world, but it is one to which the Church has always answered “No.” The basis for the Church’s teaching on ordination is found in the New Testament as well as in the writings of the Church Fathers.… Continue reading Women and the Priesthood
Sir, I have been reading some articles concerning former priests/pastors, coming from denominations such as Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, etc, converting to the Roman Catholic Church and becoming Catholic priests(which is absolutely wonderful). I also read in an article that some of the married Catholic priests today are in the Eastern Catholic churches because they were… Continue reading What if a former married Anglican or Eastern Orthodox priest converts and becomes a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, do they stay married or become celibate?
Q: If a priest is in the state of mortal sin, is his Mass and/or consecration of the Eucharist viable? I understand someone would not know if a priest is in this state, but Our Lord would know. — A.A., Springfield, Massachusetts A: When receiving or celebrating the sacraments, the priest is subject to the… Continue reading When a priest is in Mortal sin, is his Masses valid?
Full Question: If, after the consecration of the bread, the priest dies or forgets the consecration of the wine, do we have a Mass? I know that the consecrated host is the Body of Christ. Is the consecration of the wine absolutely necessary for a valid Mass? — G.D., Chicago Answer: In part, we have… Continue reading What happens if a priest dies halfway during Mass?
Full Question First Timothy 4:14 says that Timothy was ordained by priests. Doesn’t that contradict the Catholic teaching that only a bishop can confer Holy Orders? Answer This verse does not say that Timothy was ordained by priests. At most, it says that priests laid their hands on him at the time of his ordination,… Continue reading Can priests ordain priests?
The sacrament of holy orders is conferred in three ranks of clergy: bishops, priests, and deacons. Bishops (episcopoi) have the care of multiple congregations and appoint, ordain, and discipline priests and deacons. They sometimes appear to be called “evangelists” in the New Testament. Examples of first-century bishops include Timothy and Titus (1 Tim. 5:19–22; 2… Continue reading Bishop, Priest, and Deacon; What's the difference?