By:Nicole WinfieldThe Associated PressPublished on Tue Aug 22 2017
In this June 4, 2014 photo Irish psychotherapist Vincent Doyle kisses Pope Francis’ hand during a general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican. With the support of the archbishop of Dublin, Doyle in 2014 launched an online resource for children of Roman Catholic Priests and was instrumental in the development of guidelines by the Irish bishops‚Äô conference to address the issue. (Pool Photo via AP)
VATICAN CITY — Bishops in Ireland have created detailed guidelines to address an issue the Roman Catholic Church has tried to keep under wraps for centuries: the plight of children born to Catholic priests and the women who bear them.
By Sarah Mac Donald, May 25, 2017 [Sarah Mac Donald is a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland.]
Bishop John Arnold of Salford, England, talks with Caroline Swarbrick, the mayor of Bolton, England in February 2016. He told NCR, “I do not think it is justified to claim that there is a ‘shortage’ of priests.” (CNS photo/Marcin Mazur, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales)
In the basement chapel of Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston, the early arrivals — bundled against a bracing wind — have completed the rosary and rise in unison as the priest enters the sanctuary for the 9 a.m. Mass.Continue reading →
By Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter and Catherine Pepinster,
Lord Hattersley with his mother and father on a family holiday in Bridlington 1937
When a Catholic priest runs off with the bride at whose wedding he officiated just two weeks before, it inevitably causes a scandal.
Even more so when the priest Frederick Hattersley and his lover Enid O’Hara became parents a little over a year later to a child who will become one of the towering and most popular political figures of the late 20th century.
Robert Mendick, chief reporter and Catherine Pepinster, March 4th, 2017
VATICAN, October 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The 2018 synod of Catholic bishops will focus on “Youth, faith and vocational discernment” rather than priestly celibacy.
The Vatican announced the theme of the 2018 synod Thursday, saying that Pope Francis agreed to the theme in consultation with bishops’ conferences, the Eastern Catholic Churches, and “having listened to the suggestions of the Fathers of the last synodal assembly.”
Eastern rite, ordinariate clergy find fulfillment in balancing family life, serving their parishes
Father Wissam Akiki of St. Joseph Maronite Church in Phoenix poses with his wife, Manal, and their two daughters. Courtesy photo
Father Joshua Whitfield, 37, is a busy diocesan priest at St. Rita Catholic Community in Dallas. A recent Saturday saw him celebrating both a funeral and a vigil Mass, hearing confessions for two hours and attending an evening parish social. While his schedule is typical for a parish priest, there is one key difference: At home, he has a wife and four small children waiting for him.
Marysville church’s Catholic priest brings along his wife
Karin McMicheal with her husband, the Rev. Tom McMichael, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marysville. McMichael converted from the Lutheran Church and has served St. Mary’s for a year. Photo: Kevin Clark / The Herald
MARYSVILLE — When the Rev. Tom McMichael arrived at St. Mary Catholic Church in January, he had already introduced himself in a “Pastor’s Page” letter on the parish website. In his note, he wrote of looking forward “with joy and hope” to serving at the church. And he added a surprising detail: “I am a Catholic priest and I am married.”
CITI (Celibacy Is The Issue/Community is The Intent) is a lay organization calling married Roman Catholic priests back into ministry to serve the spiritual needs of the people of God. According to church law (canon law), “After it has been validly received sacred ordination never becomes invalid.” Canon 290 Therefore, married priests are not “ex” or “former” priests, they are still priests. Please join CITI if you are someone who supports a married priesthood or if you are a resigned priest who has been validly ordained in the Roman Catholic rite. Description of their website page ‘About us’ to follow, please visit their site! Continue reading →
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – News 4 first introduced you to Frank and Mary Ann Endres earlier this month. The former Priest and Nun met in a Buffalo catholic church more then 45 years ago. They made the decision to leave the Catholic Church. Now they’re fighting for the “married Priesthood.”