Sacrament of Holy Orders

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

Bishops Ask Pope Francis to Allow Married Priests in the Amazon

Vatican assembly also calls for further study on ordaining women as deacons By Francis X. Rocca, All Street Journal, October 26, 2019 VATICAN CITY—A gathering of bishops at the Vatican recommended on Saturday that Pope Francis loosen the celibacy requirement for priests in South... read more

Cardinal Müller and Bishop Schneider praise English King Henry VIII’s rebuke of Martin Luther

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNew, September 23, 2019 Two high-ranking prelates of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Gerhard Müller and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, have written strong endorsements of a new German edition of one of the most significant refutations of Protestant doctrine... read more

Theologian withdraws from German synodal path

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2019 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- A member of the International Theological Commission has announced that she is no longer available to participate in the “binding synodal path” undertaken by the bishops’ conference of Germany. Marianne Schlosser, a member of the... read more

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