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Q. Our pastor recently left the priesthood, and now he is advertising on the Web that he is available to perform weddings or funerals (including weddings of gay/lesbian couples.) The Catholic priest who married us has also left the priesthood and is now a Presbyterian minister.
How does a faithful Catholic treat and respond to these men? I wonder what we are doing wrong that so many men are leaving the priesthood.
There was once a man hurrying down a crowded street. The more the people pushed him out of their way, the more he pushed them out of his way. It was early winter, windy and freezing cold. He glanced at a family standing off to the side. He quickly formed a negative first impression of this family. He was already stressed out and angry with the slow-moving crowd. He blamed them for being poor and faulted the parents for subjecting their young child to the cold weather. It did not take much for him to see them as an example of all that is wrong with the world.
Había una vez un hombre caminando rápidamente por una calle llena de gente. Cuanto la gente más lo empujaba fuera de su camino, él a su vez los empujaba fuera del suyo. Fue a principios de invierno, con mucho viento y un frío que helaba. El echó un vistazo a una familia que estaba al lado del camino. Rápidamente formó una primera impresión negativa de esta familia. Ya estresado y enojado con la multitud que se movía lentamente. Él los culpó por ser pobres y criticó a los padres por someter a sus hijos pequeños a un clima tan frío. No pasó mucho para que él los viera como un ejemplo de todo lo que está mal con el mundo.
Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” is a great gift to the Church and the world, calling everyone to an ecological conversion that embraces an ethic of right relationships with God, our bodies, our neighbors and all of creation. Recognizing, with St. Francis of Assisi, that the sun is a “brother” and the water a “sister” requires first embracing God as father.
Local Opus Dei members commemorated the 40th anniversary of the death of their founder, St. Josemaria Escriva, June 26 with a memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul celebrated by Bishop Andrew Cozzens.
Following the July 7 release of the names of seven Oblate priests credibly accused of abuse, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reached out to the parishes where the men served to show support and assistance for parishioners and any victims/survivors who may come forward.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should not be compelled to post to its website or request parishes to show a video produced by sexual abuse claimants, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled July 9.
When Patricio Peña and Enriqueta Alfaro came to the United States 16 years ago, they didn’t expect to find a new home, a new family and a new vocation in the Church.