Rev. Philip Smith

About Rev. Philip Smith

Father Philip A. Smith is a priest of the Diocese of Toledo currently serving as Director of Vocations, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, and CYO Sports Chaplain. He holds degrees from Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Pontifical Gregorian University, and the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome. He is author of What Nobody Ever Told Us: A Guide to Getting More Out of the Catholic Mass.

Priestly Obedience in a Post-McCarrick Church, Part II

Go to Part I Now that we have traced the nature and the theological implications of obedience and ecclesial authority, let us now look at authority and obedience as complementary responsibilities. Church documents emphasize that … [Read more...]

Priestly Obedience in a Post-McCarrick Church, Part I

Introduction to Part I “I will do whatever my bishop asks me to do.” During my time in seminary, most seminarians did not anticipate huge struggles living the promise of obedience. Seasoned priests told us: “Everyone thinks celibacy is t … [Read more...]