- Sep 19, 2020
The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests and the Catholic Mobilizing Network said they strongly object to an award the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast organizers plan to present to U.S. Attorney General William Barr during the annual breakfast, which is to be livestreamed Sept. 23 from Washington.
Effective preaching about Scripture, daily life and social concerns occurs when a priest is in right relationship with the community of faith of which he is a part, Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, told an online conference of priests.
A number of major Catholic events scheduled for the spring and early summer have been postponed or cancelled.
When the ordained ministry “becomes separated from the baptismal foundation” shared with all Catholics, Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said, then the holy orders “needed for church life are replaced by some unholy disorders.”
An organization of 1,200 priests has called for revisions in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the U.S. Catholic Church can better address challenges that include declining membership and falling seminary enrollment.