September 21, 2010


In the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis we are waiting for mid-October with baited breath. In mid-October, the recommendations from the Archdiocesan Planning Commission will be released. The recommendations may have enormous impact on individual parishes

I was reading recently the unfortunate writings of a misguided priest of the Archdiocese who states his regret that he has yet to hear Archbishop Nienstedt act upon recommendations stated in the planning meetings that were open to public comment.

The priest laments that the Archbishop is not solving the looming possibility of parish closures and a reported shortage of priests by ordaining married men and women to the priesthood. The priest further makes his case by pointing to the public meetings he attended where people stated their opinion that a married and female priesthood were the solutions to a large number of the Archdiocese problems.

Apparently, birth control, the decline of the family, moving to the suburbs and failure to live and pass on the Faith were not mentioned in the public meetings as roots of the Archdiocese problems.

The Archbishop, even the Pope himself, does not have the power to ordain married men or women to the priesthood; to do so would overturn centuries of Tradition and previous Papal pronouncements among other, to some, insignificant things.

Sometimes, a response to our prayers is silence or a “no”. We accept it and move on.

This priest is wrong. He was answered: “Duly noted” and “No”


Blogger Adoro said...

Pray for that priest. Our Lord Himself will have some serious words for him when that dear priest of His goes to his particular judgment and learns that his words were heard, quite unfortunately, by the ultimate Judge.

As a parish employee, I cringe at what's coming, for it may mean anything from the elimination of my job to instead, having to do my job in 2-3 other parishes.

And let's play with the "married priest crap" issue. So, what if the Archbishop suddenly said that this was acceptable, if even even HAD such authority. Since when do such decisions take IMMEDIATE effect, in the Church or in corporate America?

Having worked in Corporate America, it's clear that people who hold such positions only do so because of the sphincter that retains their own cranial anatomy.

Never mind the theology; it's clear that common sense is clouded as well.

September 21, 2010 10:33 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

I wish this was an isolated problem.

I will never understand traitors.

September 22, 2010 6:22 AM  
Blogger Subvet said...

When ordained priests speak in this fashion so openly, is it any wonder so many DON'T know their Faith?

September 22, 2010 7:33 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Most of the problem is that not only did our Bishops not educate our Catholics between 1965 and almost until today, but they neglected to educate the seminarians also.

Those priests that advocate married priests most likely are looking for somebody to cook for them in their old age. Their ignorance extends to the fact that while the Church could allow married priests should it so want, never would it allow men who have already been ordained as deacons or priests to marry.

So, father, if you are reading this, stop your fantasizing and purchase a cookbook. I have been told The Joy of Cooking is very good. I own a well thumbed copy.

September 22, 2010 6:42 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: Yes, we must pray for him. Good idea.

Subvet and Belinda: It's terrible.

Ray: You do? What time is dinner?

September 22, 2010 8:09 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...


Just because I've "thumbed through it" many times doesn't necessarily mean that I've actually cooked anything from it.

I do recall using it to figure out how long and at what temp to bake a potato.

The two ribbons that came with it are on pages on "baked fish" and "roast chicken."

There is a xerox of a recipe for pasties, one of my faves, but I doubt that I would be able to make a crust.

September 22, 2010 8:24 PM  
Blogger Laura The Crazy Mama said...

If I lived closer to yous guys, I'd cook for you once a week! In fact, I'd love you over for dinner/pretzel making sometime this winter. If you'd be willing to make the trek, the family would be willing to clean up and maybe stop shrieking at each other long enough to pretend to be a civilized family for a night! What day of the week works best for you?

September 28, 2010 1:12 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...


Now pretzel making sounds like a fun think to do on a cold and snowy evening, as long as frosty mugs of frothy beverage were available after they cool.

The Bavarians are huge on big thick prezels, called "bretzen."

September 28, 2010 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Sean said...

Married men can be ordained. It is a discpline and a practice that can be changed, and for the first thousand years of the Roman Church there was a married clergy. Also I bet the Eastern Catholics would hate to find out that about half of their Clergy is invalidly ordained. A Catholic in good conscience can support a male married Priesthood, not the female priestess non-sense though.

September 29, 2010 3:30 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

Married priests in the catholic faith would use birth control, they would justify it by saying that they don't get paid enough to support a nice big Catholic family.

This is a slippery slope.

And while the women fight for "Alter" rights, the poor go hungry. The air of disobedience just keeps getting worse.

September 29, 2010 4:10 PM  

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