RCIA candidate here. I’m reading Catholicism for Dummies and watching a lot of EWTN.
I just read in this book the differences between Diocesan and Regular Priests, Nuns and Sisters, and Monks and Friars.
I’m a little confused on a few points.
On Life on the Rock on EWTN, Fr. Francis and Fr. Mark both wear brown robes, which leads me to think they’re Franciscan brothers (friars?). They also preside at Mass on EWTN, so I guess they’re priests, too. Yup, except they’re not brothers, they’ve been ordained, so they’re fathers.
Catholicism for Dummes does not clarify the following:
Are all brothers priests?** No, some are ordained priests (religious priests, belonging to an order, as opposed to diocesan priests, belonging to a diocese under a bishops. **Can all brothers (Friars?) say mass? **No, only the ones who’ve been ordained. **
What about Fr. Benedict Groeschel. Is he a monk? Of what order? Can he say mass, too? I have heard him say he hears confessions, and I guess that does indicate he’s a priest. I just don’t understand if friars or brothers are full blown priests, or what…
Can someone staighten this out?
Thanks for your indulgence…
I had a brain spasm…I think Fr. Benedict is a “Capuchin of the Reform.” I don’t think he or his order are technically monks (who are cloistered or enclosed), but friars. He’s a priest, so he hears confessions and celebrates the Holy Sacrifice.