Pope denounces ‘restorationist’ orders, pokes fun at Medjugorje

Says he worries when he hears that new, 'restorationist' congregations have many vocations

Pope Francis said that clerical sexual abuse is the work of the devil, there’s corruption in the Vatican, warned against new religious orders with a “restorationist” mentality, and even appeared to take a gentle shot at reputed Marian apparitions such as Medjugorje, saying the real Madonna is not “the head of a post office that every day sends a different letter.” These are … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets young men who have left the priesthood

Vatican statement said the priests had spent months and years wrestling with doubts

The following comes from a November 11 Vatican Radio story: Pope Francis on Friday met a group of young men who have left the priesthood during the past years to show his closeness and affection towards them. His surprise visit to an apartment in the outskirts of Rome to meet with the group made up of five Italians, a Spaniard and a man from Latin America, came as part of … [Read more...]

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“These are vocations we will lose if they are not helped”

Laboure Society helps men and women aspiring to religious life eliminate student-loan debt

The following comes from an October 24 Catholic News Agency article by Kevin J Jones: Personal and student debt can slow down or prevent prospective seminarians and aspirants to religious orders from pursuing their vocations, but one organization with national scope aims to change that. “The Laboure Society's work is critical because thousands of discerning men and women … [Read more...]

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The new push to end priestly celibacy

Those who want to overturn the ancient discipline are energetic, well organized and influential

The following comes from a February 25 Catholic Herald article by Jon Anderson: The Catholic Church is once again embroiled in arguments about whether priestly celibacy has a place in today’s world. As Catholicism in most Western countries faces a rapidly aging priesthood, a severe shortage of vocations and declining congregations, abolishing or at least relaxing the ancient … [Read more...]

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More young women than you think are considering becoming nuns

2% of millennials have seriously thought about religious life. So why we don't have more vocations?

The following comes from a December 10 Crux article by Michael O'Loughlin: An estimated 250,000 young women in the United States have given serious thought to joining religious communities, but if sisters and nuns hope to attract new members, they’ve got to do a better job explaining the benefits of such a counter-cultural lifestyle — and get Catholic parents, laypeople, and … [Read more...]

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Stretched to its limits

US military archdiocese appeals for more priests

The following comes from a November 19 Catholic News Agency article: Archbishop Timothy Broglio is begging for more priests for the Archdiocese of Military Services, saying that he soon may be “unable to provide Catholic priests for the military.” During his address at the U.S. bishops’ general assembly in Baltimore, Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military … [Read more...]

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Bishop to ordain 15 new permanent deacons for Diocese of Orange

The permanent diaconate has grown from roughly 800 deacons in 1975 to more than 18,000 in 2012

The following comes from an October 7 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, will ordain 15 new deacons to serve the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange during a Mass of Ordination at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove (10801 Stanford Ave), October 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. The Order of Deacon was restored by Pope Paul VI on the feast of St. … [Read more...]

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