Fr. Scott Hastings


Fr. Hastings is a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2008. He has happily served as a parochial vicar and a pastor in rural Northeast Nebraska. He is currently studying in Rome, pursuing a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL). He resides at the Casa Santa Maria, a residence for American diocesan clergy who are pursuing advanced degrees at the various Roman universities. He has a degree in Economics (BA) from the University of Dallas and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Theology (MA) from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.

Looking Forward to Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a significant day in the history of the Church. Even though Pope Francis has already taken up the Petrine ministry, tomorrow is the day when the entire Church focuses her attention on Rome to give thanks to the Father for having provided the Vicar of the Beloved again to the world. This alone […]

Pope Francis

Looking around news sites and blogs, one can see that the world is impressed. Maybe it can even be said that the world is smitten. It is wonderful how quickly people have taken to His Holiness. A priest friend of mine once said to me that the two easiest people to criticize are one’s predecessor […]

So, I was in St. Peter’s Square Last Night…

…and it was a great night. A number of priests from our house headed over to the Vatican at about 4:45. It had been raining all day, and the city was soaked. We waited a while for buses that didn’t come, before deciding that we needed to get walking before it would be too late […]

Question & Answer

“What’s it like in Rome right now?” Talking with other priests in the American residence here, this must be the most popular question coming from folks back home. To tell the truth, it is exciting. The city seems to be filling up. Part of that is a function of the tourist season beginning again, and […]

A Secret Ballot

On 22 February 1996, Blessed John Paul II issued the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici gregis, “On the Vacancy of the Holy See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff.” This document is worth reading for all Catholics, as it sets out the guidelines for what will happen over the next few weeks. In section 52, […]

The Beginning of the End of a Pontificate

Earlier this week, Mr. Micah Murphy—one of the regular contributors to Truth & Charity—asked me about contributing over the next weeks. I am diocesan priest assigned in Rome for further studies, so I hope to be able to offer some fruitful, first-hand thoughts to what is a very important moment in the life of the […]

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