Fr. Peter Daly is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and has been pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick, Md., since 1994. For almost 20 years, Daly wrote a column for Catholic News Service that went to diocesan publications. He has also written for The Washington Post, Catholic Digest, Reader's Digest, the ABA Journal, and other local publications. He has a 20-pound cat named Russell.

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Bransfield extreme, but most US bishops have no meaningful spending controls

Priestly Diary: What can be done about this clerical culture of excess? Pope Francis is doing a lot by his example, but here is where the laity can have a real impact.


Confronting causes of clericalism: original sin, institutional dynamics

Priestly Diary: The first step to tackling the clericalism born of our fallen nature is talking about it. If we don't talk about it, we cannot treat the problem.


Tackle clericalism first when attempting priesthood reform

Priestly Diary: If the priesthood is to be reformed, we must tackle the disease of clericalism. It won't be easy. Clericalism is so deeply ingrained in our structures and way of thinking that we almost can't imagine how things could be otherwise.

Celibacy advances the priesthood's culture of compromised truths

Priestly Diary: If a sizable amount of Catholic clergy aren't celibate, that contributes to a culture of mendacity (lying). Priests and bishops are not going to expose others because they may be guilty themselves.