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By New York Times News Service | June 6, 1991
WASHINGTON -- In an action that is certain to provoke new debate over homosexuality and the clergy, the Episcopal bishop of Washington ordained a lesbian to the priesthood yesterday.The Rev. Elizabeth L. Carl was ordained at the Church of the Epiphany, where she is an assisting minister.The bishop of Washington, the Rt. Rev. Ronald H. Haines, said that Ms. Carl, 44, "has for a number of years openly lived in a loving and intimate relationship with another woman," with whom she has made "a lifelong and monogamous commitment."
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July 30, 2013
Pope Francis did not this week change church doctrine toward gays and lesbians. He did not condone same-sex marriage. Nor did he suggest he approves of homosexuality. But in one short sentence, the leader of the Catholic Church fundamentally shifted the tone of the conversation about gays and the world's largest Christian denomination. In remarks made to reporters Monday on a return flight from Brazil, the pontiff said he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
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By Robert F. Leavitt | September 23, 2007
The men studying at St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park today really impress me by their strength and spirituality. After 27 years as president-rector of the seminary, it's the one legacy I wanted to leave. They have received a religious calling that some scorn, many overlook, and not a few members of their own church struggle to appreciate. Members of the Seminary Class of 2007, recently ordained as priests, entered St. Mary's just as the clergy sex-abuse scandals hit the papers, first in Boston and then in other cities.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2012
Joseph Claver Richardson, a retired teacher and World War II veteran who was the patriarch of a family of nearly 60 children and grandchildren, died of cardiac arrest related to asthma Jan. 8 at Sinai Hospital. He was 89 and lived in Walbrook Junction. Born in Baltimore and raised on Madison Avenue, he attended St. Peter Claver and St. Pius V schools. According to a 1944 Afro-American article, he had been recommended for ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood by Archbishop Michael J. Curley.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | August 2, 1995
John J. Kucharczyk's life has always revolved around the Catholic church, so much so that when he looks back on his years growing up in East Baltimore it almost seems preordained that he would become a candidate for the priesthood.When he was 2 years old his grandmother called to him as they stood in Podles' Grocery, the family's old business on Fait and Luzerne Avenues. In one hand, she held a Bible. In the other, she held a dollar. He grabbed the Bible.Now, Mr. Kucharczyk has just finished a 10-week summer pastoral assignment at Holy Trinity Church in Glen Burnie, where he taught sacrament classes and organized a community health fair.
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By Michael Olesker | February 7, 2002
GOD PLAYED no favorites in the recent professional football playoffs, but he made his presence known. In the pauses between crack-back blocks and forearms thrown at Adam's apples, the Archdiocese of Baltimore offered a gentle television pitch for young men of faith to think about the priesthood. "I am a priest, an ordinary man, called to do extraordinary work," a voice declares in the 30-second spots as a young man stands before a mirror and puts on his collar. The ghost of Bing Crosby, in Going My Way, might have looked on approvingly at such an image.
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By DIANE WERTS and DIANE WERTS,NEWSDAY | April 16, 2006
Oooh, salacious title! Ah, smart show. GOD OR THE GIRL / / A&E / / Premieres tonight at 9, continues tomorrow at 9 p.m. and concludes April 23 at 10 p.m
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By Frank Langfitt and Dennis O'Brien and Frank Langfitt and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2004
WASHINGTON - Responding to data showing that more than 80 percent of clerical sex abuse occurred between males, a lay Catholic board recommended yesterday that the church increase scrutiny of homosexuals seeking to join the priesthood. While emphasizing that the ultimate issue is the celibacy of priests - not their sexual orientation - the board said the same-sex character of the church's abuse scandal suggested that homosexuals be screened more carefully. The recommendation came yesterday as the church released two documents detailing the nature and scope of its sex-abuse problem for the first time.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 8, 1997
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The leading organization of Roman Catholic theologians in the United States overwhelmingly urged Friday that the church continue discussing the possibility of ordaining women to the priesthood.Concluding a yearlong process of study, members of the Catholic Theological Society of America meeting here challenged a 1995 Vatican ruling that said the church's teaching limiting the priesthood to males has been "set forth infallibly" and is therefore beyond reconsideration.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2005
When Pope John Paul II visited St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park in 1995, he spent about 15 minutes at the final stop of his Baltimore visit praying silently in the back pew of the seminary's cavernous, dimly lighted chapel. Though the pope said little to the students and faculty at the nation's oldest Roman Catholic seminary, the Rev. Robert R. Leavitt recalls the visit as "one of the most magical moments of my priesthood," adding that the pontiff's peaceful presence awed and inspired seminarians.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
Defying canon law and a Vatican decree that promised excommunication, four Roman Catholic women took vows as priests Saturday during an elaborate ordination ceremony full of song and messages of inclusiveness at a Protestant church in Catonsville. Andrea Johnson, presiding as bishop, ordained two women from Maryland, Ann Penick and Marellen Mayers, one from Pennsylvania and one from New York in the sanctuary of St. John's United Church of Christ. The church was filled with family members — including husbands of three of the ordinands — and friends, including some who are employed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore but who support the ordination of women.
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May 24, 2011
Anyone familiar with criminal justice studies realizes how flawed many of them are, and the recently released "The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002" appears to be a prime example. The study appears to suggest that clergy pedophilia increased drastically during the 1960s and 1970s, as this was a period in which there was an increase in other kinds of "deviant" behavior. We know that there was a significant increase in reported child abuse cases stemming from that period but we are unable to know how many cases of clergy child abuse prior to that period were not reported.
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By Dan Rodricks | October 27, 2010
Assuming that the number of Catholic priests in the Baltimore archdiocese continues to decline, and that Mel Gibson Catholicism prevails to preserve celibacy and keep women from ordination, then, by all means, leaders of the senior see of the United States should go after the disgruntled Anglicans. Rather than taking Catholic priests from Latin America, Africa and Asia to serve here, Anglo recruitment could be the church's best hope for picking up a few new clergy whose primary language is English.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2010
The Rev. John J. Lobell, a retired Episcopal priest who had served at several area churches before becoming a pastoral counselor, died Monday of stomach and liver cancer at his Columbia home. Mr. Lobell was 86. Mr. Lobell, the son of a Baltimore shoe polish manufacturer and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland. He was a 1940 graduate of Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va., and during World War II served in the Army Air Forces. After the war, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park and earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 from St. John's College in Annapolis.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2010
Gregory A. Rapisarda has answered to the name "father" for decades, but that name will soon take on a much broader meaning. Rapisarda, a 62-year-old widower, father of four and grandfather of five, will be ordained today at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore. The Rev. John C. Rapisarda, ordained in 2008, will perform the vesting honors for his own father, placing on him a cream-colored chasuble, the vestment worn at Mass. And then, for the first time in the 221-year history of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, a father and son will both serve as parish priests, according to church officials.
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By Rona Marech and Rona Marech,rona.marech@baltsun.com | December 21, 2008
With her pearl earrings, spotless house and unfailingly friendly manner, Andrea Johnson doesn't seem - at first glance - to fit the description of a revolutionary. The 61-year-old lives in Annapolis with her husband, a retired Navy captain, and her aging dog. The mother of three grown children, she is retired from a job as a program officer at the Fulbright Program. She's a devout Catholic who doesn't especially relish making waves. But for decades, Johnson has felt that something was amiss in the Roman Catholic Church - that the exclusion of women from the priesthood was unfair and self-defeating.
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By Stephen J. Stahley | September 28, 1995
As a fellow priest, I welcome Pope John Paul II to our country and our city. The fact that I am married, with a child and a secular job, in no way diminishes the bond of priestly fraternity that I share with the Holy Father. We were ordained to the same Catholic priesthood. The priesthood which, according to the ancient tradition of the church, is forever. That same priesthood, instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper, to preserve the memory of His loving presence among us in the Mass.Pride and gratitudeAlong with Catholics throughout the country, I will feel immense pride and deep gratitude when the pope celebrates the Mass at Oriole Park.
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By Stephen J. Stahley | March 26, 2002
BY THE time I resigned from the Catholic priesthood to marry in 1988, most of the straight priests I knew had already married. The gay priests I knew were exemplary men -- hardworking, dedicated and talented. Yet as I watched more and more friends depart to marry, my sense of isolation became acute. The priesthood I left felt very different from the one I entered. I loved the priesthood, especially the core elements that defined it -- leading worship, preaching, celebrating the sacraments and the myriad duties of pastoral ministry.
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By Robert F. Leavitt | September 23, 2007
The men studying at St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park today really impress me by their strength and spirituality. After 27 years as president-rector of the seminary, it's the one legacy I wanted to leave. They have received a religious calling that some scorn, many overlook, and not a few members of their own church struggle to appreciate. Members of the Seminary Class of 2007, recently ordained as priests, entered St. Mary's just as the clergy sex-abuse scandals hit the papers, first in Boston and then in other cities.
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