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A priestly anniversary with rope and ashes

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Fr Benedict Groeschel will mark the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination on October 18.

But don’t expect to see any photos of him cutting a cake with 50 blazing candles. He says:

I don’t believe in these things. Ordained priests should celebrate their anniversary by putting a rope around their neck and ashes on their heads and asking God forgiveness for their sins.

Meanwhile, Tom Hoopes profiles the man who inspired the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and who believes his time in purgatory will be spent reading the New York Times.

Hat tip: Margaret Cabaniss

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm

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