CONFESSION OF A MARRIED PRIEST

“I do not think a married priesthood would solve the vocation crisis” – the confession of a married Catholic priest.I am a formerly active Catholic priest who has been granted a dispensation from the obligations of the clerical state and the permission to get married by Pope Francis. As a validly and licitly ordained priest, I do not lose the sacramental character given to me at ordination. Indeed, even now, if a person is in danger of death, I am obligated to hear the person’s confession.Leaving the active priesthood was…

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A Priest’s Warning: You Can’t Ignore God and Still Expect His Blessings

One cannot expect to ignore the Holy Spirit and receive his blessings at the same time. One cannot expect to ignore God’s will and yet receive the benefits of following Him. One cannot treat God as a hobby and expect to be treated as His son or daughter. One cannot blow off the teachings of the Church yet expect to receive its benefits unabated. One cannot spread discord, detraction, and calumny and call yourself a loyal son or daughter. One cannot allow the sin of another, real or perceived, to…

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A Priest Explains the Most Powerful Tool of the Devil – And How to Defeat It

I believe the most powerful tool the devil has at his disposal is fear. When I say “fear,” I do not mean “fear of the Lord,” which is a spiritual gift that helps us to respect God. No, I mean the fear which tells us that God does not want what is good for us. I mean the fear that ultimately leads to rebellion. For if I do not trust a person in authority because I do not believe that they are interested in my good, I will rebel against them. It…

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If you want inner peace, try giving up Facebook

For years I have been something of a social media junkie, regularly checking my phone for updates on Facebook and Twitter (I’m too old for Snapchat) and posting my wisdom to the world at large. I have enjoyed receiving “likes” and retweets as much as the next person (more perhaps). Yes, I was appropriately dismissive of posts about kittens and thought selfies were narcissistic and naff. But generally I didn’t question the value of social media as a whole. Certainly not from a Catholic point of view. After all, is…

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Why the Protestant C.S. Lewis Believed in Purgatory

C.S. Lewis is widely considered to be one of the best Christian apologists of the 20th century. Though he was converted by his Catholic friend J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis decided to join the Protestant Church of England, in which he remained until his death. Which makes this fact a bit strange:he believed in Purgatory. The doctrine of Purgatory is the belief that Christians may undergo a period of purification by grace after death but before entering heaven. The Church also teaches that Christians alive on earth can pray for the dead in purgatory and…

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Bishop Kukah Celebrates his 40th Priestly Anniversary

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah was born on August 31, 1952 in Anchuna, Ikulu Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State. He was ordained a Catholic Priest on December 19, 1976. Kukah furthered his studies both abroad and in his home country, Nigeria. He Worked as a parish priest at Saint Andrews’s parish in Kakuri, Kaduna from 2004 until his nomination as bishop, and further installed as the bishop of Sokoto. He shall be celebrating his 40th priestly Anniversary on the 19th of December, 2016. What are your…

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