Sacrament of Holy Orders

Bishops’ main duty is to safeguard their flock’s salvation – and many fail

Bishops’ main duty is to safeguard their flock’s salvation – and many fail ‘They are under an obligation to denounce ideas or individuals who present an urgent threat to their people’s spiritual welfare, and remove people from roles in the diocese, including schools, where they... read more

Prayers answered: Diocese of Providence sees decades-high number of new seminarians

By Perry West, Catholic News Agency, Aug 6, 2020 The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, is welcoming eight new seminarians this year - the highest number of incoming seminarians in nearly four decades. “Some great news to share: The Providence Diocese is welcoming 8 new seminarians this... read more

Germany: Toward the Collapse of the Seminaries

FFSPX News, July 18, 2020 In 1962, the year the Second Vatican Council opened, Germany ordained 557 priests. Almost 60 years later, in 2020, only 57 of those priest remain in the priesthood. The German Church, stuck more than ever in the synodal swamp, is struggling to find... read more

Latin American bishops to ask Pope for married priests in wake of new Amazon exhortation

Close collaborators of the Pope made it clear that Francis' post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia did not close the door to the married priesthood. By Maike Hickson, LifeSite News, March 4, 2020 Monsignor Pirmin Spiegel, the head of the German bishops' relief agency Misereor, announced... read more

Pope Francis Sets Aside Proposal on Married Priests

The decision, in a letter on Catholic life in remote Amazon areas, is a victory for conservative forces who had warned that change there would put the church on a slippery slope. By Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, February 12, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has... 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

Cardinal Sarah letters prove Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI knowingly collaborated on celibacy book.

By Nicole Winfield, Crux, January 14, 2020 ROME - The Vatican cardinal who co-authored a bombshell book with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming priestly celibacy on Tuesday strongly denied he manipulated the retired pope into publishing. Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, who heads the... read more

Cardinal Sarah Rebukes the Clergy: Without Prayer, Your Works Are in Vain

By Jonathan Coe, OnePeterFive, November 26, 2019 The Day Is Now Far Spent Cardinal Robert Sarah with Nicolas Diat Ignatius Press 385 pages $16.96 paperback, $12.97 e-book The new book by Cardinal Robert Sarah with Nicholas Diat, The Day Is Now Far Spent, brims with wisdom and understanding,... read more

Assault on Altar Boys: What Have We Done?

By Dan Millette, One Peter Five, November 25, 2019 One day, following Mass, a Polish man, in his fifties, shared a childhood story with me. It seems that he and his brother were serving Mass with another boy who, to their frustration, was being deliberately unruly and obstinate. The two... read more
Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera

‘For men only’: Cardinal insists Church won’t try to ordain women to priesthood

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews, October 30, 2019 Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera affirmed that the male priesthood is of the essence of the Catholic faith and that “no one in the Church can do anything but admit that priestly ordination is for men only.” In an opinion piece that... read more
Archbishop Georg Gänswein

Archbishop Gaenswein: Claim Benedict XVI Opened Path for Women Deacons ‘Totally Absurd’

The Pope Emeritus’ personal secretary firmly rejects Brazilian synod father’s claim that a 2009 papal decree paved the way for women deacons. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, October 26, 2019 Benedict XVI’s personal secretary has said a claim put forward yesterday by a... read more

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