Today Pope Benedict is presiding over a high level conference in Rome on priestly celibacy. It is being called a “reflection” on the traditional Catholic ban on priestly marriage. But how much more “reflection” is needed on this matter? Thousands of parishes lack a full time priest because of the restrictions on married clergy. This can only mean that Rome values mandatory celibacy more highly than it does the Blessed Eucharist. And there’s more. Rome allows married clergy from the Anglican, Lutheran and other churches to convert and become Catholic priests without giving up their wives and families, an experimentthat has worked extremely well. Many Catholic priests who left and married would now like to return and exercise their ministry. If the Pope allows married Anglican priests to do so, why not married Catholic priests? All it would take is the stroke of a papal pen.
THE POPE AND CELIBACY
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