What do priests do with their free time?

They surf, restore classic cars, body surf, collect memorabilia, or engage in off-road motorcycling, according to Orange diocese's newspaper

We asked four Diocese of Orange priests about their outside interests. Here is what they said: Classic Resurrection Rev. Msgr. Douglas Cook's longtime passion for fixing up classic old cars comes from his father. “My dad worked on cars all the time,” says Msgr. Cook, rector of Holy Family Cathedral. “He was a very patient teacher and a talented mechanic.” These days, … [Read more...]

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As many as 120 Catholic priests in the U.S. are married

Paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis made headlines across the globe when he suggested he was open to the idea of ordaining married men as a way to alleviate priest shortages in remote areas. Some raised their eyebrows and took note, whereas other Catholics shrugged, pointing out that paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

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San Francisco’s radical parish prepares next step

Adoration chapel to open March 25

California Catholic Exclusive. On March 13, 14, and 15, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will host its 2017 Lenten Mission. Church pastor Fr. Joseph Illo explained that the Lenten parish mission will be focused on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in anticipation of a new adoration chapel opening. The mission will be given by Fr. Victor Warkulwiz of the … [Read more...]

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Completely cut off from civilization

Trapped Big Sur monks turn to GoFundMe for help

Among those stranded on the "island" of Big Sur are a group of Roman Catholic monks. The New Camaldoli Hermitage is a community of monks that typically open their doors to visitors looking for a tranquil retreat. However, with the failing Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to the north and Paul's Slide to the south, they are completely cut off from civilization. ”This is part of … [Read more...]

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What does a bishop do when he retires?

Orange County Catholic profiles retirement activities of Bishop Tod Brown and Auxiliary Bishop Dominic Luong

Character. Faith. These two words come to mind when pondering the lives and work of The Most Rev. Tod Brown and The Most Rev. Dominic Luong are two men who gave so much for the Diocese of Orange. After decades of service, Bishop Brown relinquished his role four years ago, Bishop Luong just last year. They may be retired, but they are by no means inactive. Bishop Tod … [Read more...]

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Dominican friars to leave Berkeley parish

They will also leave their ministry at Newman Centers at UC Riverside and UCSD

On the Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, the news was anything but joyful at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley. The Dominican priests who have served the parish since its founding in 1923 are leaving, the pastor told the congregation. The Berkeley parish, with 500 families and a vibrant elementary school, is one of three places in California from which the … [Read more...]

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Vatican confirms ban on homosexual candidates for priesthood

Congregation for the Clergy says the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called ‘gay culture’“

The following comes from a December 7 Catholic Culture article: The Vatican has confirmed that homosexual men should not be ordained to the priesthood. In a new instruction for the training of seminarians, entitled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the Congregation for the Clergy says that the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice … [Read more...]

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