Response to Married Priests – Celibacy

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Many, many people favor married priests. They believe that the Church started priestly celibacy for practical reasons: priests are too busy to have a family, it used to cause problems with inheritance of church buildings, and most Catholics don’t give enough to the church to support both a priest and his family. They believe that for practical reasons, now is …

Response to Married Priests – Lifetime Commitment

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Many people believe that the Catholic Church is asks too much of her priests. Requiring a man to be celibate is no longer a reasonable expectation, they say. But they overlook an important fact: marriage isn’t popular either. Last year, 40% of babies in the US were born to unmarried women. We know anecdotally that more people are living together …

An argument for married priests

Benjamin Priesthood

The local newspaper published this letter today: “A priest shortage is offered as a reason for transferring the Rev. G. from one local Catholic Church to another, each within throwing distance of the other. I believe there are more than 200,000 married priests worldwide, some of whom might be willing to help ease the critical mass of the shortage (not …

Why women cannot be priests (3 of 3)

Benjamin Priesthood

– Fr. Benjamin In Catholic theology there is a wonderful balance between the male and the female in the work of our salvation. In the book of Genesis, God creates both male and female. Both are tempted, both fall into sin, and both bear the curse of that sin in different ways. This double fall requires a double act of …

Why women cannot be priests (2 of 3)

Benjamin Priesthood

– Fr. Benjamin In my previous post I showed that we know with the certainty of faith that women cannot be Catholic priests. I want to emphasize again that this is a process which involves the whole Church. Most of the Protestant churches which decided to ordain women made this decision by an educated elite, who went ahead with their …

Why women cannot be priests (1 of 3)

Benjamin Priesthood

– Fr. Benjamin At the end of youth group this week, one of the girls asked why women cannot be Catholic priests. After all it isn’t fair. I told them I would answer the question next week, which will be our first official, “Awkward Question Night.” After reflecting for a while on Catholic priesthood I believe there there are three …

H1N1 and the Priest

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Even priestly ministry has been touched by swine flu. Our local Catholic hospital has put special requirements in place for anyone who is dealing with H1N1 patients. Specifically, you must wear an N95 “particulate mask” when dealing with such patients. This mask is designed to fit tightly around the face and filter any airborne viruses. As a priest on call with the …

Year of the Priest – Some Sage Advice

Fr. Joel Priesthood

The US conference of Catholic Bishops has been using this beautiful icon to promote the year of the priest. This is not a year for us to be honored but rather a year to remind us of the sacred duty we have to live the priesthood to the full. Here is some excellent advice from St. Charles Borromeo. He was …

Awesome New Vocations Video

Fr. Joel Priesthood

The Power of Life has just developed a new vocations video featuring one of my priest friends, Fr. Quinn man. Check it out: See more at: http://www.poweroflifeevents.org/

Mass-to-Go

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Fr. Joel For the most part, priesthood needs very little equipment. To celebrate Mass, for example, all we really need are a few fancy garments, some pretty cups and bowls, a few expensive books, and a nice big church comes in handy too. However, it sometimes happens that we celebrate Mass on the road or in nursing homes or other …