Blessed Juan de Prado, 1563 – 1631
Spanish Franciscan priest, missionary and martyr in Morocco.
Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940
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Q. Is there any indication in the Bible that says it’s better for Christ not to get married?
A. No. But it would not be fitting for God the Son to marry a human creature.
Q.Is marriage an obstacle that prevents us from worshiping or serving God as it should be?
Q. Why was Peter who is considered a high figure in Christianity married!!!?
A. Jesus called Peter and Peter had been married. But his wife seems to have died since we never hear of her.
Q. And no one can say that Peter’s marriage prevents him from being a good servant of God.
Q. If the real Christ(ian) is the one who serves and devotes all his life to worship God, and all Christians are supposed to do this, and since marriage in a way or another is an obstacle, so what would happen if all people wants to be real Christians (servants of God who devote their whole lives to God) I think that life will stop and we all will die, and hence will be no one to serve God?
A. The Catholic Church does not teach that the unmarried are the only ones who can fully serve God. Marriage is NOT an obstacle to serving God.
We have two possible vocations. Celibacy or marriage.If everyone chose celibacy in the same generation it would not end life at all. It would end reproduction and eventually all humans would be dead. This is not a problem but IF it happened it would be the end of this era and the final judgement would be at hand. But many will always be serving God in Eternity. So it is not the end of people serving God.
Q. Don’t you think that a real servant is the one who can meet his God’s recommendations and orders?
Q.Does being a good servant always mean harming yourself and preventing yourself from life’s joy?
A. Not at all. It is wrong to harm outselves.
Q. Isn’t it good to marry and have children, so that you can teach them good things that God likes?
Q. IF God’s servants don’t marry, who will marry then, bad people?
A. If all of God’s servants did not marry then only the ungodly would marry. But marriage is a beautiful vocation dignified by Jesus at the wedding at Cana.
I have tried to answer all of your questions but they all seem to be based on erroneous assumptions about what the Catholic Church teaches. If you have more questions check in the Catechism (http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/ccc_toc.htm) to see if the Church even teaches what you might have been told or think about the Catholic Church.
Q.<font face=”arial,helvetica”><font color=”#000000″ face=”Times New Roman” size=”3″> My question is, was it fitting for God the creator of this whole universe to marry a human being? </font></font>
<font face=”arial,helvetica”><font color=”#0000ff” face=”Comic Sans MS” size=”3″>A. God never married a human being. What makes you think He did?</font></font>
For more on why Catholic Priests are usually celibate see—><a href=”http://bfhu.wordpress.com/2007/03/19/why-cant-catholic-priests-get-married/” target=”_blank”>HERE </a>
Saint Cristobal Magallanes, 1869 – 1927 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Józef Kurzawa, 1910 – 1940
Diocesan Priest Martyr
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a society of priests in the Catholic Church that celebrates the liturgy in Latin in accordance with its constitutions and founding documents based on permissions granted by Rome. The Institute also preserves and patronizes traditional Latin Rite liturgical art and music and has undertaken the restoration and beautification of several churches. The Institute is a Society of Apostolic Life, whose rule of life is based generally on that of the secular canons. The Institute has its own choir dress adopted in 2006 and solemnly given to members by the Cardinal Archbishop of Florence. The Institute Read the rest of this entry »
Our Lord was a priest (Heb. 4:14); He was also celibate and called others to do the same. “And Peter said, ‘Behold, we have left all and followed You.’ And He said to them, ‘Amen I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive much more in the present time, and in the age to come life everlasting.”‘ (Lk. 18:28-30) Abraham was called to sacrifice his son Isaac (Gen. 22); through celibacy the priest is called to sacrifice not just his son, but his wife. Our Lord teaches that not all can be celibate, but those who can should do so for the sake of the kingdom: “His disciples said to Him, ‘if the case of a man with his wife is so, it is not expedient to marry.’ And He said, “Not all can accept this teaching; but those to whom it has been given -there are eunuchs who have made themselves so for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let him accept it who can.” (Matt. 19:10-12)
Celibacy is also a sign of the resurrection; we will all be celibate in the next world. Jesus says: “When people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage but live like angels in heaven.” (Matt. 22:30) In imitation of Christ the priest is called to live this way here and now in this world. Elijah and John the Baptist, the two great prophets of the Old Covenant, were celibate. St. Paul even encourages celibacy among the laity. He writes: “It is good for the man not to touch woman. Yet for fear of fornication, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband – For I wish that you all were like me; but each one has his own gift from God, one in this way, and another in that – Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be freed. Are you freed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you take a wife, you have not sinned. He who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please God. Whereas he who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided.” (1Cor. 7)
A champion of celibacy for the priesthood, Vatican II said: “Perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven was recommended by Christ the Lord. This Sacred Council approves and confirms this legislation so far as it concerns those destined for the priesthood, and feels confident in the Spirit that the gift of celibacy, so appropriate to the priesthood of the New Testament, is liberally granted by the Father. And the more that perfect continence is considered by many people to be impossible in the world of today, so much the more humbly and perseveringly in union with the Church ought priests demand the grace of fidelity, which is never denied to those who ask.”
Celibacy is not unnatural, it is supernatural. It is a special grace from God. Our Lord created manhood, and as a man he lived it fully and naturally, as a celibate male. Celibacy is a sacrifice of the good of marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God. It is not for men who have no attraction for women. It is for men who do like women. If they don’t then there is no sacrifice in giving up marriage. Celibacy is unpopular with the world today because it is a sacrifice, and sacrifice for God is not what a hedonistic culture wants. The opinions of this world do not worry Our Lord who said: “My kingdom is not of this world.” (Jn. 18:36)
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Blessed Bronisław Komorowski
1889-1940 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Alfredo Parte
1899 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Oleksa Zarytsky
Greek Catholic Martyr
1912 – 1963 Read the rest of this entry »
Today the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter celebrates the 20 anniversary of its canonical erection as a society of apostolic life of pontifical right by His Holiness of happy memory, Pope John Paul II. It began humbly with 11 priests and 1 deacon.
Today they are 300+ members strong with two packed seminaries – one in Austria and one in Nebraska.
Consider sending a birthday card with a $5 bill to:
The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
North American Headquarters
Griffin Rd, PO Box 196
Elmhurst, PA 18416
“Who would have thought that this small group of traditional, Latin rite priests would so quickly grow to over 300 members working and studying on 5 continents in the 17 different countries serving over 85 dioceses … and then become THE main force for the implementation of a papal decree expressly promoting the return of the traditional Latin Mass, now known as the “extraordinary form” of the Roman missal, as well as all the sacraments and devotions that go along with it?” (from: http://www.fssp.com/main/News071019.htm)
Blessed Narciso Basté Basté
1866 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena
1220 – 1287
Blessed Alfredo Pellicer Muñoz
1914 – 1936
Blessed Crescenzio García Pobo
1903 – 1936
Blessed Alvaro Sanjuan Canet
1908 – 1936
5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations which reports:
”Conception Abbey Blessed With Vocations“Photo at left – from left, Brothers Paul Sheller, Victor Schinstock, Guerric Letter, Pachomius Meade, Anselm Broom, Abbot Gregory Polan, Brothers David Wilding, Placid Dale, Macario Martinez, Bernard Montgomery, and Novice Adam Burkhart. Photo courtesy of Jarrod Thome.
To read all go to article at Roman Catholic Vocations
Blessed Federico Albert
1820 – 1876
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a society of apostolic life whose goal is the honor of God and the sanctification of priests in the service of the Church and souls. Its specific aim is missionary: to spread the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of human life. Our work is carried out under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception, to Whom the Institute is consecrated.
His Holiness with our founder Msgr. Gilles WachThe Institute was founded in 1990 by Monsignor Gilles Wach and Father Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa, where we still have missions. Today, the motherhouse and international seminary of the Institute is located in Gricigliano, in the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.
Recognizing the importance of a deep harmony between faith, liturgy, life, and the power of beauty in attracting the human senses to the things above, an integral part of the Institute’s charism is the use of the traditional Latin Liturgy of 1962 for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the other sacraments. Great care for a solemn liturgy, complete fidelity to the doctrine of the Church and the Holy Father, and awareness of the central role of Grace, especially Charity – these are essential elements of the Institute’s spirituality, which is drawn from its three co-patrons, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Francis de Sales. Our motto, taken from St. Paul, is “Live the truth in charity.” The Institute operates in more than fifty places in twelve countries, where our priests focus on the care of souls in many different ways. To assist our priests in their apostolic work, the Institute also has clerical oblates. In 2004, a community of religious sisters was canonically established to aid the priests in their mission through prayer and apostolic work.
History of a Young Institute
Solemn Mass in the traditional Roman riteThe Institute of Christ the King is, for ecclesiastical standards, a very young foundation. Our founder, Monsignor Gilles Wach, STD, supported decisively by the co-founder, Father Phillipe Mora, STD, had the Institute canonically erected the Semptember 1, 1990. Originally, the young French abbé, Gilles Wach, never intended to start a foundation at all, but during the 1980′s, working for Cardinal Silvio Oddi in Rome and with a priestly association in France, he was approached by more and more young men who wanted a traditional Catholic formation to the priesthood. Finally, he decided to make an attempt to bring them together and to follow their formation in some way. Several Roman Cardinals, though, urged him to decide for the foundation of a religious community, so that the idea of the Institute took form already as soon as 1988.
From Africa to Italy
Divine Providence, at this moment, helped to find a bishop who Read the rest of this entry »
St. Michael’s Abbey
19292 El Toro Road
Silverado, CA 92676 – 9710
Yes, something VERY good can come out of Orange County!
The photo above is just of one year’s class… The Norbertines have actually done something that no other religous based in California I know of have accomplished – they have outgrown their current location and are pondering where to move to have enough space for all the fine men joining them.
Pray for them regularly. Consider making a donation if you can.
Also, consider joinging them!
…Fr. John Frederick Hinnebusch was the youngest in a family of ten children from Pittsburgh, seven of whom became Dominicans. Fr. Paul Hinnebusch was a preacher, biblicist, and spiritual writer and Fr. William Hinnebusch was a Dominican historian. A third brother, Fr. Albert Louis Hinnebusch, also a Dominican, was very active in the Holy Name Society in the South. The three Dominican sisters, Sr. Claire, Sr. Regina Ann, and Sr. Dorothy, were members of the St. Mary of the Springs congregation.
The seven Hinnebusch Dominicans at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in 1947. Standing from left to right: Fr. John Frederick Hinnebusch, Fr. William Hinnebusch, Fr. Paul Hinnebusch, Fr. Albert Hinnebusch. Seated from left to right: Sister Regina Ann Hinnebusch, Sister Claire Hinnebusch, Sister Dorothy Hinnebusch.
5 bob to Sister Mary Catherine, O.P. who writes:
Fr. Fred is very old now but we are blessed to have his course on Dominican history which the friars are now posting online Read the rest of this entry »
5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations Blog which writes: Carmelite Monks in Wyoming #1
The last eight Carmelite monks in America, perhaps even the world, live in a four-bedroom rectory in the mountains of northwest Wyoming.
With 35 candidates in various stages of discernment, they hope to move 70 miles away to a 492-acre property near Carter Mountain once owned by Read the rest of this entry »
Q. If priests could marry, wouldn’t that solve these sex scandals?
A. No. Most pedophiles are married men. So, marriage does not cure pedophilia. This is a sexual disorder that is not easily eradicated. A few years ago many prominent married Protestant pastors were involved is sex scandals. No one called for abolishing the institution of marriage or for the Protestant churches to have their ministers remain celibate. The cause and effect relationship just doesn’t exist between celibacy and sexual perversion.
God has called all men and women to remain celibate until they marry. We are called to self-control and self-mastery. The problem is, in today’s culture there is very little encouragement to do this except from Christianity. Should we solve the epidemic of STD’s , unwed mothers, and premarital sex by having our children marry in adolescence? Historically other cultures have done exactly this with arranged marriages.
Besides, in the most current scandal, the priests have molested adolescent boys, so they are homosexual. Should the Church, then, not only allow the priests to marry but have a married homosexual priesthood?
The problem was ignorance about the possibility of a “cure” with counseling. Also, the bishop’s wanted to be forgiving and give the offending priest a second chance. These two factors led to moving priests around when they should have been dealt with by removing them from any access to our children and teens. Or, perhaps, even removed from the active priesthood after a repeat failure.
Where could the Church put sexually disordered priests? In administration, at the diocese? They still might act out with people they come in contact with or the other disordered priests in administration, children at the park, in their neighborhood, etc. And still, we would have headlines, Diocesan Priest Accused of Molesting Children in Neighborhood or Diocesan Priests Seen Drinking at Gay Bar.
A Protestant may very well object: Christ’s priesthood is unique. It cannot be shared. It cannot be passed on. No one else needs to perform it, nor can they imitate it. Now, the Catholic doctrine on the priesthood can only be maintained if one asserts that the Catholic priesthood is a participation in the one priesthood of Christ. However, participation is not needed or even possible. Therefore, the Catholic priesthood is actually an additional, superfluous and even pernicious priesthood, set up in addition to Christ’s priesthood despite what Catholics think.
On the contrary, the first epistle of Peter enjoins Christians to, “let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5), and the Apocalypse which calls the Christian people, “a kingdom, priests for his God and Father” (Rev 1:6). Read the rest of this entry »
A Protestant might object: The Catholic doctrine on the priesthood contradicts sound biblical doctrine on the priesthood. For the letter to the Hebrews says that Jesus Christ is the one, true high priest. The Levitical priesthood had many priests who were weak in two ways: 1. they were sinners who also had to offer sacrifices for their own sins, and 2. they died and a new person took their priesthood. Now, the Catholic priesthood has both of these weaknesses. Whereas Jesus Christ’s priesthood is perfect and eternal, the Catholic priesthood is ephemeral and its ministers are flawed, just like the ministers of the Levitical priesthood. The Catholic priesthood is not only superfluous, it is also pernicious, for in establishing itself as necessary it regards Christ’s priesthood as insufficient. It is precisely because His priesthood is eternal, irreplaceable, and perfect that it is unique. No one else need take on the priesthood, for Jesus has done everything that needs to be done.
A friend of mine once stated “The only good things to come out of France were wine, cheese and Jean-Claude Van Damme!”
Of course he was wrong about that.
Jean-Claude Van Damme is from Belgium.
But these folks definately DID come from the “Elder Daughter of the Church”… And they are certainly a very GOOD thing.
Community of Saint John, founded in 1975 by five or six university students under the guidance of a Dominican priest, Fr Marie-Dominique Philippe. They are now a Congregation of diocesan right, approved by the Church, with over five hundred members, about two hundred of whom are priests; they also have contemplative sisters and sisters of apostolic life who share the same charism and spirituality.
Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe, 1890 – 1924 Read the rest of this entry »
A typical objection to the Catholic doctrine on a male-exclusive priesthood is this. To say that women cannot be priests is to say either that the Church supports institutionalized sexism or that women are inferior to men. Sexism is manifestly immoral. It is absurd to say that women are inferior to men. Even the Scriptures attest to their equality. Therefore (by reductio), the Catholic position is wrong. One must deny the premise based on the absurd result it generates.
On the contrary, it is written that Jesus “summoned those whom he wanted” to be his apostles (Mk 3:13). Jesus chose only men to be priests of the New Covenant, and yet it would be impious to suggest that Jesus sinned in doing so. Likewise, Pope John Paul II in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis said, “I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Władysław Demski, 1884 – 1940
German death camp Sachsenhausen Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Luigi Talamoni, 1848 – 1926 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Enrico Rebuschini, 1860 – 1938 Read the rest of this entry »
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Over at Roman Catholic Vocations we are treated to an article entitled “At least one qualified candidate per parish”. It is a worthy read.
It can also be filed under “Things Simple has said for years – that he learned from bishops who already understood it!”
Very simply, the diocesan vocations director should contact each pastor of each parish (each year) and ask for a 3-5 name “short list” of young men. Several times a year using the contact info they should be invited to the Cathedral for Mass, and dinner at the Episcopal residence or in some restaurant that has a private dining room where the bishop himself can say “I invite you to pray and consider this”.
14ish years ago I was 18 and working with a buddy of mine on a volunteer project on a Saturday afternoon at an inner city parish. We were doing some landscaping on a really beautiful day when we could have been playing some softball or drinking some beers one of our older brothers scored for us… but there we were. Read the rest of this entry »
Q. Why can’t women be Catholic Priestesses?
A. Jesus’ choice to be born male was not accidental or arbitrary. First of all, in the sacrificial system of Israel the Sin Offering and the Passover Lamb were always perfect MALE. Other offerings could be either male or female but not the Passover Lamb or the Sin Offering. Therefore, since, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ fulfills all the sacrifices, but most especially the Sin offering and the Passover lamb HE was incarnated as a MAN.
Also, the people of God, both Israel and the Church, have always been imaged in sacred scripture as a Bride with God as the Bridegroom (Is 62:5 and Rev. 21:9). In the Catholic faith the priest acts in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) as Jesus celebrates the sacraments for His bride, the Church, through the actions of the male priest. The Church, as bride, is in a spousal relationship with Christ the bridegroom. This beautiful image culminates in the wedding feast of the Lamb at the end of time. This typology of the spousal relationship is fittingly imaged by the male priest. Priestesses or womenpriests would project another typology altogether but it would not be Holy Matrimony.
Q. Aren’t women second-class citizens in the Catholic Church?
A. Absolutely not. The most revered status in the Catholic Church is open to both men and women. Contrary to popular opinion the Pope, although highly honored is exceeded in honor by the Saints and the Doctors of the Church. There are hundreds of female saints. And, out of 33 Doctors of the Church, three are women. Also, the most highly honored human person (excluding Jesus) in the history of the Church is a woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You can read more about the Priesthood…Here
This past Sunday 29 deacons were ordained to the priesthood at Saint Peter’s in Rome by HH Benedict XVI. Among the priests was an Iraqi of the Chaldean Catholic Church – which has suffered in the martyrdom of one archbishop, one priest, and 3 subdeacons in the last 12 months.
Rather a bold move with a bold message by a pope who is developping a reputation for such! And a clear message at that – Catholics will not be driven underground in fear, Iraq’s Catholic Community is close to the heart of the Holy Father. Public reception of Moslem converts and public support for those who are persecuted my Moslems will be the norm.
Interestingly, among the guests in attendance for the ordination was none other than Assyrian Church of the East bishop Mar Bawai Soro – who has made known his intentions to bring his flock of some 6 priests, 30 deacons and 3,000 faithful in America into the Catholic Church via the Chaldean Catholic Church.
5 bob to American Papist who writes:
New ordained priest Jarjis Robert Sayd of Iraq looks on during a ceremony lead by Pope Benedict XVI in which he ordained 29 new priests, in St. Peter Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2008.
What also speaks volumes is the presense – along side the Chaldean Catholic bishops at the Mass – of Bishop Mar Bawai Soro. Mar Bawai – a bishop coming out of the Church of the East – had made it known in January of this year that it is his intention – along with the faithful of his diocese – to enter into full communion with the Holy See by way of the Chaldean Catholic Church. Iraqi Christian blogger Baghdadhope righty and interestingly asks:
Equally certainly his very presence in the Vatican and the place of honor reserved to him by the ceremonial could be interpreted as a signal of “unofficial” welcome. Maybe the Holy Church is preparing to welcome among its loving arms a new bishop besides 29 new priests?
Mar Bawai and his faithful – one of whom a proud Cordelia preparing his first post on TBC – have been in my prayers for some time now. I invite all to join me in those prayers that these aspirations for full communion will be achieved.
If you hadn’t heard of this movement before… well you are not alone. Not one other Catholic blogger seems to have embedded the following video as content.
“Father Samuel Dinkha speaks to the San Jose congregation regarding H.G. Mar Bawai and his supporters “declaration of intent” to pursue full communion with the Catholic Church and unity with the Chaldean Catholic Church of the East.”
Many years to Father Jarjis Robert Sayd, Mar Bawai, and all the newly ordained priests!
The Office of New Testament Priest
by James Akin
In both Old and New Testaments, there are three ranks of priests, which are commonly referred to as the high priests, the ministerial priests, and the universal priests.
At the time of the Exodus the high priest was Aaron (Ex. 31:30), the ministerial priests were his four sons (Ex. 28:21; the sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, the first two of which were killed for abusing their priestly duties), and the universal priests were the people of Israel as a whole (Exodus 19:6). Read the rest of this entry »
Andrew Haines is a seminarian for the Diocese of Toledo studying in Rome. His blog In Umbris Sancti Petri is smart and well written and certainly worth following. Don’t take my word for it – see for yourself!
The two bookends of the priesthood—for lack of a more theologically descriptive term—are the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession. Really, it is through offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and hearing the confessions of the faithful that the priest does the greatest work in the salvation of souls and the sanctification of the world. Of these two Sacraments, the most written about is certainly that of the Eucharist, which comes as no real surprise given its primacy as the “source and summit” of the entire Catholic faith. In seeing the beauty of the Eucharist, though, we cannot be unconscious of that beauty which flows just as profoundly from the Sacrament of Confession. Read the rest of this entry »
Father Mark from the venerable blog Vultus Christi offers his translation of a portion of a letter he had come across from Bishop of Lucon, Monseigneur Jacques-Marie-Joseph Baillès:
“I never go up into the pulpit without seeking to move [souls] to love of the Divine Eucharist, and I often recommend the visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Given that example speaks louder than words, I go habitually to recite Vespers, Compline, and later, Matins and Lauds before the Blessed Sacrament in the cathedral, and at nightfall I make a half-hour’s meditation there. The Lord will, I hope, bless these efforts, by stirring up in a greater number of souls the desire to visit the Blessed Sacrament. I say this only for you, so that your heart may be consoled by it. Persevere in your holy undertaking, in the midst of difficulties and contradictions. The railway cars are overflowing with travelers while the avenues leading to churches where the Holy Eucharist resides are deserted. This is truly the hidden and unknown God. Apply yourself to making Him known, praised, loved, blessed and welcomed.”