Who is a Priest?

2 minutes By Samuel Jian Xuan Ng, University of Texas, Austin Catholic priests are a distinct sign of contradiction in our world today. The priest who wears a clerical collar sticks out in the crowd. But what distinguishes a priest from a layperson? Priests serve many roles in the Church. Many are pastors at a parish, serve […]

Reflections on the Sacrament of Reconciliation

4 minutes  By Joseph Tuttle, Benedictine College Many people assert that one does not need to confess their sins to a priest in order to receive forgiveness. This belief that one does not need to confess their sins to a priest only holds true if the person has not committed a mortal sin. “Yet every sacrament confers […]

A Glimpse at Priestly Formation

4 minutes By Fred Williams, Franciscan University As a man in priestly formation, I am constantly asked about what formation is, or entails. It has been brought to my attention that there is quite a large number of lay faithful who do not have any knowledge of what priestly formation is like. In this article, I would […]

Mediator Dei and Sacrosanctum Concilium

7 minutes Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Clarifying Catholicism, nor of everyone affiliated with Clarifying Catholicism. By Birdie Kopacz, Benedictine College Mediator Dei and Sacrosanctum Concilium are both important Catholic works from the mid-20th century. They covered many important and relative topics of the time, and in a […]