Seminaries

Future Priests Forge Ahead: Seminarians Say Lessons From Scandals Bolster Hope, Faith

Several seminarians who spoke with the Register said they grew in their love for the priesthood, thanks to the support and example they received within their seminaries. Mass is celebrated at John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. Transitional Deacon Connor Penn says, ‘God’s people... 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
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

Kazakhstan bishop ordains new F.S.S.P. priest at St. Mary Parish

[Bishop Athanasius Schneider was the featured speaker at our 2017 Catholic Citizens of Illinois Annual Banquet.–Ed.] By Stephen Beale, Rhode Island Catholic, November 14, 2019 Father William Rock, F.S.S.P., was ordained by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., the auxiliary bishop of... read more
Walter Denton prays as the sun rises in his backyard in Agat, Guam, Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Guam’s ex-archbishop shielded culture of clergy sex abuse

By Michael Biesecker, AP, August 9, 2019 Walter Denton wanted to grow up to be just like Father Tony Apuron, until the night he says the parish priest raped him in a church rectory. The pastor sent the sobbing 13-year-old altar boy away with a warning: “If you say anything to anybody, no one... read more
Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli

New Jersey bishop accused of covering-up priest’s gay sex abuse

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite News, July 24, 2019 PATERSON, New Jersey, July 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Catholics in Passaic County, New Jersey have been furious with their bishop for over a decade because they believe he has been covering-up for and even promoting a priest who is a... read more

What Has Changed at Catholic Seminaries?

COMMENTARY: Many Catholics are unaware that the reform of seminaries began 30 years ago. By Msgr. Andrew Baker and Father Carter Griffin, July 19, 2019 Many Catholics, understandably, have grown skeptical of seminary formation. After all, it is priests and bishops who have caused the scandal... read more

Vatican announces sanctions on disgraced Bishop Bransfield

By Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency, July 19, 2019 Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston, will no longer be allowed to participate in public Masses or live within his former diocese. He must “make personal amends” for the harm he brought to the... read more

Laxity in Seminaries as a Contributing Cause to the Sex-Abuse Crisis

COMMENTARY: It seems that improvements have been made in many seminaries, but are they genuine or just window dressing? Janet E. Smith “Hide the handsome ones.” That was what was “jokingly” said when Theodore McCarrick would visit seminaries. It disgusts me that such “jokes”... read more

Laxity in Seminaries as a Contributing Cause to the Sex-Abuse Crisis

By Janet E. Smith, National Catholic Register, July 10, 2019 “Hide the handsome ones.” That was what was “jokingly” said when Theodore McCarrick would visit seminaries. It disgusts me that such “jokes” — which clearly portrayed a reality — did not lead to a thorough investigation... read more

Pope Francis ignored ‘terrifying dossier’ on top Vatican official’s sex abuse: Abp. Viganò

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman July 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal ambassador who has accused Pope Francis of covering up sex abuse, has stated that the Vatican’s third most powerful prelate, Archbishop Peña Parra, was never given an “open and... read more
Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta. Credit: Vatican Media.

Zanchetta to stand trial in Argentina for sexual abuse of seminarians

Sexual misconduct with adults next scandal facing the U.S. Church (Credit: Pixabay.)

Sexual misconduct with adults next scandal facing the U.S. Church

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