Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Married priesthood? What a priest thinks

Father Joe tackles a discussion of the celibate priesthood. I should mention that he echoes what I've heard from other priests: that they wouldn't change the requirements if it were up to them.

My experience has been that the only people who are really gung-ho for a married priesthood are the ones who simply want to blur the line between clergy and laity in order to make themselves feel semi-clerical. It's a control issue on their part. If you would refuse to consider a priestly vocation as it stands because it requires too much sacrifice, what makes you think you're the sort that God wants in the priesthood to begin with?

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