Father Moreilli Considers Leaving the Priesthood

Photo by cottonbro pexels.com It was December 26, Boxing Day in Canada and there in Italy, it was St. Stephen's Day, a national holiday. Father Morelli wondered what Genet was doing. How was she going to spend the day? After they had made love last night, they fell asleep in each other's arms. At four …

The New Secret Room

Father Kiesler had decided that he was going to spend Christmas with his parents and that he was going to take Monifa with him. He called his mother at lunch time that morning to tell her. She sounded happy and told him that she and the rest of the family couldn't wait to see him. …

Carla Visits Father Morelli

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Father Morelli was in the loft reading the apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians. It was in preparation for his sermon on Sunday. He was going to address the question, Does one have to be circumcised in order to be a full Christian? Although circumcision wasn't practiced among Italy's Roman …

Baptism, Circumcision, Vivaldi and…

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com "You're all dressed up," Father Morelli said to Genet when he walked over to the pew where she was sitting. "Yes. This morning, my cousin's son was dedicated." "So, the child wasn't baptized?" "No. My church doesn't believe in infant baptism. We dedicate children just as Joseph and Mary dedicated …

Weeks Later…

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Father Morelli was in the sanctuary. A couple of weeks had passed since the last time he saw Genet. After she walked away when they were in the garden, he was sorry that things had ended the way they did. He had lost a cherished friend all because of a …

Mrs. Morelli Visits Her Son

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Father Morelli was on his way down from the loft when Sister Caterina told him that his mother was there to see him. "My mother?" "Yes, Father Morelli. She's in the office." Did he detect a note of censure in her voice? But, why should she have such a sentiment …

Celibacy & Abortion

Father Kiesler was in his office with Bishop Haas. The bishop had just completed his pastoral visit. He seemed quite pleased. "Father Kiesler, you're doing a fine job with the school and the parish," he told him. "As fine a job as the late Father Schmidt." "Thank you, Your Excellency." "Is there something on your …

Father Kiesler’s Family

"It was such a treat seeing Jürgen, especially since we haven't seen him since last year April when he visited us for Easter." Mrs. Kiesler said to her husband as they relaxed in the living-room after dinner. "Yes, it was." "He looked thin, though," she remarked. "I wonder if he's working too hard." "I thought …

Hank Questions Ede

It was Saturday and they were having lunch at Ede's grandmother's house. Ede could tell that something was troubling Pastor Hank. He wasn't his usual jovial self. He was pleasant when interacting with her grandmother but a few times, she caught him watching her with an guarded expression on his face. She couldn't wait to …

The Decision

He had been praying and fasting for weeks on end. He thought about what his friend, Bernard had said after he told him that he couldn't imagine leaving the church. “You don’t have to give up your Catholic faith if you don’t want to.” And to his objection that Clara and he would be unequally …

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