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Bishops worry divisions on ‘details’ at synod distract from big picture

By Claire Giangravé — October 16, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The specific challenges faced by Amazonia’s indigenous people are already being sidelined by conversations about married priests.

Synod of bishops to discuss ordaining married men

By Thomas Reese — June 19, 2019

(RNS) — Limiting ordination after marriage to ‘mature men’ will be portrayed as exceptional, but both traditionalists and progressives believe that it will spread to more and more situations.

The priest in ‘Fleabag’ is not cool

By Thomas Reese — May 29, 2019

(RNS) — The hard-drinking, foulmouthed priest in Amazon Prime’s series ‘Fleabag’ has been described as cool. But cool priests don’t deny their parishioners the person they really need.

Abolishing the priesthood will not save the Catholic Church

By Thomas Reese — May 21, 2019

(RNS) — In The Atlantic, James Carroll asserts that abolishing the priesthood in the Catholic Church is the only way to defeat the clericalism he blames for the sex abuse crisis. But as in other revolutions, a new cadre would simply replace the old guard.

Pope Francis meets ex-priests in gesture of mercy

By Josephine McKenna — November 11, 2016

ROME (RNS) The surprise visit to meet several men who left the priesthood and started a family could send a powerful message to church leaders.

Italian women seek freedom to marry the priests they love

By Josephine McKenna — June 18, 2014

ROME (RNS) Even when their love is reciprocated by a man of the cloth, the women known as “God’s rivals” are frequently rejected by family and friends. They’re sidelined in their careers and forced to hide emotional and sexual expression.

Mormon women seeking priesthood to be shut out of Temple Square

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — March 18, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Mormon Church rebuffed Ordain Women’s second push for entrance to the priesthood session and urged the grass-roots group to “demonstrate” instead outside Temple Square.

After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — September 24, 2013

(RNS) Young men today “want to give their life for something that counts. These men are tired of living in a culture of relativism. They want to say there must be something true, beautiful and good,” says the Rev. Mark Latcovich, president of St. Mary Seminary outside Cleveland.

Father Knows Best: Should I go to seminary?

By Martin Elfert — May 22, 2013

Is seminary the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet? Is it where God is calling you to be? Or is that place somewhere else for you?

Catholic population surges across the Global South

By Alessandro Speciale — May 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the number of Catholic priests in the Americas and in Europe is declining compared to the overall Catholic population, those losses were offset by increasing ranks of permanent deacons.

Priest who heads top clergy treatment center accused of impropriety

By David Gibson — May 6, 2013

(RNS) The priest who headed a leading treatment center for clergy suffering from emotional, sexual and addiction problems has resigned in the wake of accusations that he misused funds in his home diocese and that he was engaged in an “inappropriate adult relationship.”

Mormon women seeking middle ground to greater equality

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — August 17, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) While some Mormon feminists want access to the all-male priesthood and others see it as blasphemy, a third group of Mormon women crave a more engaged and visible role for women in the church that respects history and doesn't compromise doctrine. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

Top church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch sees Catholic schism ahead

By Jonathan Luxmoore / ENInews — July 10, 2012

(RNS/ENInews) Leading church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch believes Christianity faces a “bright future” worldwide, but predicts the Roman Catholic church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. By Jonathan Luxmoore.

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