Catholic Priesthood

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Do Catholics need penance?

VINCENZO PINTO AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead an ordination Mass at St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican … Continued

The priesthood’s dark valley

Last Friday, at the liturgy marking the end of “The Year of the Priest,” Pope Benedict XVI once again addressed … Continued

In Defense of Celibacy

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Jesus said, “Leave everything and follow me”

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Celibacy a Man-Made Rule that Can be Changed

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Can Sex Bring Us Closer to God?

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

What Does God Require?

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Denominations Choose, But Who Pays?

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Celibacy: Beautiful and Wrong

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Celibate Clergy and the Reins of Power

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

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Changing an Unchanging Church

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual orientation make sense these days?

God Does Not Restrict the Categories of His Call

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

“Real Life, Real Love”: Why Celibacy Needs to Go

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Priestly Celibacy: A Self-Inflicted Wound

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

Saving Sergeant Vanek

A small manila envelope I opened this past January contained a Mass card and funeral program for Sgt. Joe Vanek. … Continued

Vienna’s Latest Boy Band

The question comes off like an old “Monty Python” gag. What musical group in Britain is more popular than Paul … Continued

Church — Not God — Excludes Women from Priesthood

God’s revelation cannot be blamed for ordaining only men and excluding women: it is simply a Church practice that can … Continued

The 800 Pound Gorilla in the Sanctuary

On balance, the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States achieved its basic goals of stating remorse for … Continued

Action on Abuse Too Late but Not Too Little

Pope Benedict XVI’s first message to Catholic America on his historic 2008 visit came early – on the airplane, in … Continued