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Pope: Married Men May Be Solution to 'Enormous Problem'

Francis considering letting already wed men become ordained as priests

(Newser) - The Roman Catholic Church has an "enormous problem," Pope Francis told German newspaper Die Zeit in an interview published Thursday: a dearth of clergy. To solve that issue, CNN reports, the pontiff is considering tapping into "viri probati"—"tested men," or married ones. What... More »

Fake Catholic Priest Sentenced to Jail...Again

'You can't go into a church and pretend you're a priest'

(Newser) - Good thing Catholics have a fairly relaxed forgiveness policy. The Los Angeles Times reports a 60-year-old man convicted last February after posing as a priest was arrested earlier this month for slipping back into the vestments. When Erwin Mena was originally arrested, he had been acting as a priest at... More »

Pope Francis Gives Definitive Answer on Female Priests

And it's not what a lot of people were hoping for

(Newser) - Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church will never, ever have female priests. Reuters reports Francis offered "some of his most definitive remarks on the issue" during a flight back from Sweden, where he had met with the female head of the Lutheran Church. "St. Pope John Paul... More »

Ireland's Future Priests Allegedly Can't Keep Off Grindr

Archbishop wants them to mingle with more women instead

(Newser) - There are "strange going-ons"—in the words of the Archbishop of Dublin—at Ireland's major seminary, where trainee priests are being accused of using Grindr, the Telegraph reports. "An app like that is something which would be fostering promiscuous sexuality, which is certainly not in any... More »

Ex-Priest Charged in Beauty Queen's 1960 Murder

Irene Garza confessed to John Feit before she died

(Newser) - Schoolteacher and beauty queen Irene Garza was found raped and bludgeoned to death in a canal in 1960, days after confessing to a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. More than 50 years later, that priest has been charged with her murder. John Feit, the main suspect... More »

Priest Killed in Arizona Church Shooting

Another remains in critical condition as police search for suspects

(Newser) - A priest is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting at a Catholic church last night, the Arizona Republic reports. Police responded to a burglary call, made by one of the victims, at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in downtown Phoenix and found the two victims... More »

Pope: Priest 'Celibacy Is Not a Dogma'

And papal retirement could become more common

(Newser) - Sure, Catholic priests are usually celibate—but that tradition has only been around for about 1,000 years, Reuters notes. And according to Pope Francis, "celibacy is not a dogma." He tells reporters that "it is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and I... More »

Priest Who Dug in With Homs 'Flock' Killed

He refused to leave rebel-held area

(Newser) - An elderly Dutch priest who refused to leave the embattled city of Homs while Christians remained has become yet another victim of the country's civil war. Frans Van der Lugt, who was in his 70s, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at his home in a rebel-held district of... More »

Pope: No More 'Monsignor' for Most Priests

Francis aims to further simplify honorifics

(Newser) - Pope Francis has done away with the honorific title "monsignor" for all but a few priests, further evidence of his desire for priests to be simple, humble servants. The Vatican's secretary of state sent a letter to its embassies asking them to inform bishops' conferences of the change.... More »

Calif. Priest Was Beaten to Death With Stake, Pipe

Suspect got out of jail just hours before killing

(Newser) - Horrific new details in the New Year's Day slaying of a popular Catholic priest in California: An autopsy has revealed that the Rev. Eric Freed was beaten to death with a metal gutter pipe and a wooden stake, the AP reports. He was found dead inside the rectory of... More »

Pope: Badly Trained Priests Can Be 'Little Monsters'

Thought gives him 'goose bumps,' says Francis

(Newser) - A comment by Pope Francis regarding the training of young priests is likely to resonate with critics of the Catholic Church. The statement, made in a closed-door session with the leaders of religious orders from around the world:
  • "We must form their hearts," Francis said of men in
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Priest Killed in Rectory; Police Nab Suspect

Murder investigation underway in Eureka, Calif.

(Newser) - A Eureka, Calif., parish is in shock after its popular Catholic priest was killed inside his church's rectory yesterday. Authorities today arrested Gary Lee Bullock in connection with the killing, reports the LA Times . Bullock had been arrested for public drunkenness on New Year's Eve with a blood-alcohol... More »

Archdiocese Kept Lid on Minn. Priest's Sex 'Compulsions'

Curtis Wehmeyer was allowed to keep working

(Newser) - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made it clear that once officials heard about a priest's abuse of two boys, they went straight to law enforcement. Trouble is, the archdiocese actually knew about what Minnesota Public Radio calls Curtis Wehmeyer's "sexual compulsions" for almost a decade—... More »

The Fascinating Fr. Greeley Dead at 85

Outspoken Catholic priest also penned steamy novels, fought for abuse victims

(Newser) - Andrew Greeley was nothing if not a multi-hyphenate: The New York Times describes him as a "priest, scholar, preacher, social critic, storyteller, and scold," then tacks on the word "maverick" for good measure. But Greeley, who died yesterday in his Chicago home at age 85, prized one... More »

Tom Cruise on Path to Be a Priest Til Booze Got in Way

Seminary school didn't want Cruise back: friend

(Newser) - Tom Cruise wanted to be a Catholic priest when he was a teen —so why did he give up on that dream and become a Scientologist instead? Blame booze. A friend who attended Cincinnati's St. Francis Seminary School with Cruise explains to the New York Daily News that... More »

Handcuffed Priest Calls 911 From Church...

He got himself stuck while 'playing,' was also gagged

(Newser) - An Illinois priest made a very awkward 911 call back in November that's just now coming to light : Father Tom Donovan told the dispatcher he needed help getting out of a pair of handcuffs he had been "playing with." "I'm going to need help before... More »

Priest in Italy Blames Violence Against Women on ... Women

Christmas message provokes outrage

(Newser) - Domestic violence is on the rise in Italy, with 120 women killed this year—up a third over last year, reports the Daily Beast . The UN Human Rights Council and women's advocates have been pushing leaders to get a handle on the problem, but a Catholic priest's Christmas... More »

Ear Bitten Off as Priests Fight for Parking Space

Father Thomas Byrne, 80, charged with grievous bodily harm

(Newser) - What a scene to behold: Two retired Catholic priests fought so viciously over a parking spot that one allegedly bit off the other's ear, reports Australia's News Network . Father Thomas Byrne, 80, battled 81-year-old Father Thomas Joseph Smith in their building complex yesterday in Perth, Australia, police say.... More »

Catholic Cleric Gets 3 to 6 Years in Sex Abuse Coverup

Monsignor William Lynn didn't rein in priests in Philadelphia

(Newser) - A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first US church official to be convicted for covering up sex abuse claims against priests was sentenced today to three to six years in prison by a judge who said he "enabled monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children.... More »

Priest Who Flashed Porn at Communion Talk Steps Down

Father McVeigh leaving Irish parish, still says he's innocent

(Newser) - An Irish Catholic priest who mistakenly flashed gay porn during a Power Point presentation for appalled parents and at least one child on the sacrament of Holy Communion has quit. Father Martin McVeigh, who shut off his computer and rushed from the room when the incident occurred, initially blamed unidentified... More »

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