CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2009 |
The morning sun has barely crept above the horizon when 13 beginning seminarians emerge from dormitory rooms and wander into the chapel of their religious compound. "God our Father . . . let not temptation ever quench the fire that your love has kindled within us," they recite from liturgy books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2008 |
For churches all over it's the season of ordinations as candidates for the priesthood complete their studies. In Southern California, at least 20 men are joining the clergy in solemn and joyful ceremonies in this week. The ordinations began Thursday night in Hollywood as Vahe Abovian and Mayis Shahbazyan were welcomed into the priesthood by Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.
May 4, 2008 |
For Robert Holz, the question always lingered. He'd worked as an accountant for nearly two decades. He was basically happy. He was 40 years old. Still, the question was there. "Is God calling me? Or not?" he said. Partly because he felt unfulfilled, partly in hopes of resolving that nagging question, Holz quit his job and inquired about becoming a priest.
August 17, 2006
Re "Female Priest Defies the Catholic Church," Aug. 14 I was happy and amazed to see that women are finally being allowed by some bishops to publicly live out the priesthood they were admitted to at their baptism, but disheartened to see that so many of our church leaders still condemn that. I am so grateful that I attended Catholic high school and university in the 1970s, when they taught that priesthood was about love and service rather than pointless and painful elitism. I have always wondered, and still do, if we as women are to accept that we are somehow supposed to live as Jesus lived while being denied that simple right to serve because we lack male genitalia?
December 10, 2005
Re "The Vatican's real scandal," editorial, Dec. 4 Again the Vatican's approach to dealing with a definable problem is to send up a massive smokescreen of rhetoric and verbiage limiting its ranks to men without a "deep-seated" homosexual tendency who have demonstrated a three-year period of abstinence. There is a huge difference between being gay and being a pedophile. It would be unlikely for the Vatican to issue a doctrine requiring would-be priests to be free from a deep-seated pedophilic tendency.
December 2, 2005
Re "Vatican Issues Guidelines on Gay Priests," Nov. 30 It's unfortunate that the Vatican feels the need to scapegoat gay priests for its failure to protect children from sexual predators. Sadly, this misguided policy will only exacerbate the cause of the problem. Gay priests are not the child molesters. A gay person is someone who accepts the goodness and wholeness of consenting, adult same-sex attraction -- regardless of whether one is celibate or not. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church continues to create an atmosphere in the priesthood of such enormous and unrivaled sexual oppression that those prone to predatory sexual abuse of minors will either intensify their efforts or emotionally implode.