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About Fr. Donald J. Planty, Jr., J.C.D.

Rev. Donald J. Planty, Jr., J.C.D., is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington and head chaplain at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. He previously served as a pastor, and in the Vatican diplomatic service. He has written and spoken on the relationship of Church law and sacred architecture, the topic of his doctoral dissertation.

A Priest by Any Other Name

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The nature of Holy Orders is both collegial and personal.  Collegially, all priests are addressed as “Father” because all share in the one priesthood of Jesus, icon of the Father. Personally, each priest retains his own individuality, … [Read more...]

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