priesthood

Crisis Podcast Episode 8: What the Crisis Means for Priests

Since 2002, being a priest has lost much of its public respect and stature. How have priests experienced the ongoing crisis? And how has seminary formation changed in view of… Read More

False Allegations are Rare – And Real

Sometimes clergy are falsely accused. Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the duty to assess the credibility of an abuse claim, and sometimes the difficulties in doing so. “Perhaps… Read More

A Changing Church

Stephen White of Catholic University looks at the high number of priests who are responding, “No, thank you” to the call to become a bishop. “Many of our bishops find… Read More

Shepherds of a Wounded Flock

Stephen White at Catholic University considers the experience of U.S. priests during the clergy abuse crisis. “For many of the priests I’ve spoken to, the last year has been a… Read More

The Circus in Buffalo

Stephen White of Catholic University looks at the 2018 clergy abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo. “Whatever else comes of the situation in Buffalo, Bishop Malone has demonstrated what… Read More

Pope Francis Writes Letter to Priests

To mark the 160th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, Pope Francis wrote a letter to all the priests of the world, encouraging them in their vocation and… Read More

Celibacy: The Answer, Not the Problem (First Things)

By Rev. Carter Griffin- This essay, from a priest engaged in the formation of men for the priesthood, explains the importance of defining the current problems clearly, rather than scapegoating… Read More

Giving Due Process its Due

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the necessity of ensuring justice also for those accused of abuse. “Care for due process and the rule of law is as important… Read More

Facing the flock (The Washington Post)

By Terrence McCoy- This is a “deep dive” with Fr. Brian Christensen, a pastor in Rapid City, SD whose assistant priest was imprisoned for sexual abuse of a minor. It follows… Read More

Miters and Millstones

Stephen White of Catholic University writes on the vocation of the priesthood, in view of the crisis and the November 2018 General Assembly. “Let’s hope and pray that the bishops… Read More

The Strange Clericalism of Women’s Ordination

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on how the demand for women’s ordination is a misunderstanding of the nature of vocation and even seems to call into question the universal… Read More