Emboldened by Pope Francis, church reformers are endorsing a call by the Brazilian bishops for a Year of the Laity, expanded to include conferences and observances around the world from November of this year until November 2018.
Report examined findings of 26 royal commissions and inquiries from Australia, Ireland, the UK, Canada, and Netherlands
by Melissa Davey September 13, 2017
Mandatory celibacy and a culture of secrecy created by popes and bishops are major factors in why such high rates of child abuse have occurred in the Catholic church, a comprehensive study has found.
The report, which looked at the findings of 26 royal commissions and other inquiries from Australia, Ireland, the UK, Canada and the Netherlands since 1985, found that while the endangerment of children in institutions has been considerably lowered in Australia, children remained at risk in Catholic parishes and schools and Catholic residential institutions in other countries across the world, especially in the developing world where there are more than 9,000 Catholic-run orphanages, including 2,600 in India. Continue reading
By: The Vatican Insider News, May 17, 2014
The Pope has received a letter signed by 26 Italian women who admit to having feelings for a priest or a monk and are asking for a review of the celibacy law.
“Dear Pope Francis, we are a group of women from all over Italy (and further afield) and are writing to you to break down the wall of silence and indifference that we are faced with every day. Each of us is in, was or would like to start a relationship with a priest we are in love with.” This is the letter’s opening statement. Continue reading
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By: Nicole Winfield The Associated Press Published on Tue Aug 22 2017
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.
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)
Frank Daly left the priesthood to get married in 1978. After his wife died two years ago, he was allowed to resume his calling.
By Thomas Farragher GLOBE COLUMNIST
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 Catherine Pepinster,
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.
It will not be discussed at a synod, but pressure is growing in favor of the ordination of married men.
The most highly esteemed of the Italian theologians has puts a spotlight on the question in an authoritative magazine. And he is opting to hold on to celibacy: not only “opportune,” but “necessary”
ROME, October 24, 2016, by Sandro Magister Continue reading
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.”
By Claire Chretien, Oct 7, 2016 Continue reading
Eastern rite, ordinariate clergy find fulfillment in balancing family life, serving their parishes
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.
By James Graves, June 15, 2016 Continue reading