Saturday, January 20, 2007

Married priests....

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3 comments:

alice said...

I don't know why people make such an issue about celibacy in the RC church.
It is really not the business of lay people who are not priests. Obviously men who become priests do not see it as a problem or they would not become priests. If it becomes a problem then they should quit and get married. Like St. Paul said, he found it better to not be married, but if it was as problem for a person, then by all means get married! Worst of all, Protestants chime in and think anyone cares about their opinion. Why they think they need to add their two cents is beyond me.

Elisa said...

I know priests in some branches of Orthodoxy are allowed to marry although with conditions.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, Elisa, and in the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church, married men can be ordained, at least in Europe and Asia they can. Some people think that changing the traditional discipline of the Latin rite by ordaining married men will bring in more vocations, but thge article I linked to says that churches where there are married clergy are having a vocation crisis, too. If the Pope someday changes the discipline of clerical celibacy in the Latin rite for the good of the Church, then that for him to decide. And in the early church and in the eastern rites, it was usually the practice to ordain men who were already married, rather than men marrying after they already became priests. That was, among other things, to keep a clergyman from courting the women in his parish. A priest would be hampered in his pastoral duties if he were to become involved in the ups and downs of romance.