Celibacy, Priestly

McCarrick & The Gay Lobby Score Again

By Riccardo Cascio;i, OnePeterFive, November 12, 2020 The McCarrick report reveals a substantial degree of tolerance towards homosexual conduct by the clergy, which is punished only if minors are the persons abused. This report also ignores the fact that the McCarrick case is only the tip of... read more

Father Rutler’s Scandal

By Rod Dreher, American Conservative, December 2, 2020 You might have heard about the case of Father George Rutler, the conservative celebrity Catholic priest who has stepped away from his pulpit at his Manhattan parish pending the conclusion of a police investigation. Catholic News Agency... read more

Coming Out of the Closet

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, Catholic Thing, February 20, 2020 At times, priests reveal intimate secrets about themselves from the pulpit. I’ve always hesitated to do so mostly because a sermon should be about Jesus, and innermost secrets and feelings are none of your business. But there are... read more

Disappointment, outrage over papal document on the Amazon

By Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter, February 12, 2020 Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the Amazon disappointed those hoping for an opening of clerical roles to married men and women, with many noting that the pope failed to extend his prophetic voice about environmental... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx to step down as head of German bishops

By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, February 11, 2020 ROME - On Tuesday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx announced that he will not seek a second term as head of the national bishops’ conference, citing age and a desire to spend more time in his archdiocese as key reasons for the decision. Marx, who... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx says married priests still up for debate: ‘By no means is it off the table’

By Martin Burger, LifeSiteNews, February 12, 2020 Cardinal Marx and Catholic organizations in Germany insists the allowance of married priests is still open for discussion after publication of the Pope’s Amazon Synod exhortation. BONN, GermanyCardinal Reinhard Marx has emphasized that the... read more

Francis declines to answer Amazon synod’s requests for married priests, women ministers

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, February 12, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has not granted a request from the Catholic bishops of the Amazon to allow for the priestly ordination of married men in their territories in order to address a severe lack of ministers across the... read more

German ‘Synodal Path’ Aims to Shape Vatican Decisions, Says Plan’s Architect

‘We believe it is unacceptable that all issues decided in Rome, now and in the future, should be taken largely without the participation of the local Churches,’ Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer told a German newspaper. Edward Pentin Blog, January 30, 2020 One of the chief architects of... read more

Cardinal Sarah Calls For End to ‘Sterile Controversy’ Over Celibacy Book

The Vatican cardinal urges the faithful to cease discussing ‘ridiculous side issues’ over the book and to read the ‘essential question’ it covers instead. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 27, 2020 Cardinal Robert Sarah has given a robust defense of his and... read more

Secret Vatican letter to bishops: Pope’s final doc on Amazon Synod coming within a month

The Apostolic Exhortation is to have the same name as the preparatory document for the Synod: 'New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.' By John-Henry Westen, LifeSite News, January 14, 2020 The Pope wants to publish a final document on the Amazon Synod by early February, if... read more

Bishop Schneider defends Cardinal Sarah for his ‘heroic’ book on priestly celibacy

‘One might say that the intervention of Cardinal Sarah has provoked, so to speak, the anger of hell.’ By Diane Montagna, LifeSite News, January 14, 2020 Bishop Athanasius Schneider is speaking out in strong support of Cardinal Robert Sarah for his new book with Benedict XVI defending... read more

The Synod’s Dissenters