Clerical Celibacy: Why?

with Fr. Alec Scott

Many in the Catholic and non-Catholic world alike wonder why Roman Catholic priests give up sex for their vocation. This episode explains why the Church practices this discipline, and offers reasons for why it’s a good idea.

Further Resources:

  1. Audio: Institute of Catholic Culture’s Lecture on Defending Priestly Celibacy: Understanding the Modern Vocations Crisis
  2. Book: Priestly Identity: A study in the theology of priesthood by Thomas McGovern
  3. Online: Bishop Robert Barron’s article Everyone Hates Celibacy! and his article to which he makes reference: A Case for Celibacy by Priests
  4. Chastity Project’s Q&A about Priestly Celibacy and Vocations
  5. Chastity Project’s video about Celibacy for the Kingdom

Cluny Reforms and the Importance of Monasteries in Medieval Life

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

Within the deep history of the Catholic Church is that of monasteries, which have developed greatly since the Middle Ages.  Among this development the Cluny reforms mark a significant point in the history of the monastic life that has endured ever since.

Sacraments: Ex opere operato

with Fr. Alec Scott

How do the sacraments work? In this episode, we learn what the phrase ex opere operato means, and how it relates to the validity of the sacraments.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Video: Brief lecture on how the sacraments works “ex opere operato”
  2. Online: Passage in the Catechism of the Catholic Church which discusses “ex opere operato”
  3. Online: Good article by Joe Heschmeyer explaining why even bad priests can still consecrate the Eucharist because of ex opere operato