Priestly Celibacy

Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Bishop Schneider analyzes Pope’s Amazon text: ‘a glimmer of hope’ despite deficiencies

Although Querida Amazonia’s stance on priestly celibacy comes as a relief, the document contains ‘lamentable doctrinal ambiguities and errors,’ Bishop Schneider writes in exclusive in-depth analysis By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews, February 19, 2020 In a new in-depth analysis of the... read more

German theologian spearheads transition to a ‘gender appropriate’ Catholic Church

By Claire Giangrave, National catholic Reporter, February 19, 2020 From left, Cardinal Michael Czerny, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and Sister Augusta de Oliveira hold a copy of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" written by Pope Francis during a press conference at the... read more

Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

Catholic News Service, February 13, 2020 ROME - Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with - like not mentioning married priests in his document on the... read more
The Apostle Peter

A Watershed This Week?

By Robert Royal, Catholic Thing, February 10, 2020 This week may mark a watershed in modern Catholicism. On Wednesday, the Amazonia Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation will be released (more on that later in the week). Ever since that head-spinning event (Pachamama was only the most conspicuous... read more

Cardinal Sarah: The Priesthood Today ‘Is in Mortal Danger’

In an exclusive English-language interview, the African cardinal discusses his new book, the status of the Catholic priesthood, and addresses those who say he opposes Pope Francis. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, February 8, 2020 Cardinal Robert Sarah has made a further... read more
St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park, California.

The State of the Seminary and Reasons for Hope

The seminarians whom I serve, as a professor of philosophy, wish eagerly to share the Gospel and the freedom they themselves have found in Christ. Catholic World Report, John Macias, January 30, 2020 Our Lord told his disciples, “the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask... 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

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

In surprise, Benedict openly defends clerical celibacy as Francis considers married priests

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, January 12, 2020VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has coauthored a new book defending the Catholic Church's practice of a celibate priesthood, in a shocking move that comes as Pope Francis is considering the possibility of allowing older,... read more

Pope denounces ‘rigidity’ as he warns of Christian decline

By Nicole Winfield, Daily Independent, December 21, 2019 VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that "rigidity" in living out the Christian faith is creating a "minefield" of hatred and misunderstanding in a world where Christianity is increasing irrelevant. Francis called for... read more
Archbishop Charles Scicluna, left, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, right

Top Vatican official says celibacy, homosexuality not cause of abuse crisis

The Synod’s Dissenters