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Consecration?

Consecration?

I had a fascinating discussion recently with someone I deeply respect who kept pressing me to deeper clarification about what actually happens at baptism. What difference does it actually make? I have this conversation in mind with the news of the consecration of...
Single, Celibate, Partnered, Married

Single, Celibate, Partnered, Married

Is the church, is your church, welcoming to a wide variety of vocations and lifestyles? How welcomed and at home does a single, young person feel? A teenager? A child? A newly-married couple? A celibate person in her thirties? A widower in his fifties? A not-so-young...
Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

I keep seeing reference to being “ordained to the Transitional Diaconate” or being “ordained to the Vocational Diaconate”. As if the Transitional Diaconate and the Vocational Diaconate are different orders. I would not be surprised if in the...
Pope Considers Ordaining Women

Pope Considers Ordaining Women

Earlier this year I wrote about the Pope washing the feet of women possibly signalling an openness to rethinking ordination of males-only in Roman Catholicism: Pope Takes One Small Step Towards Women Priests? Now: Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission...
Ordination devaluation?

Ordination devaluation?

A question caught my eye on another site. People have been debating for days there whether women can be ordained. In one comment my blogging Kiwi colleague, Peter Carrell asked “do you think that by being ordained we have unwittingly demeaned lay brothers in...