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Thursday, October 25, 2012



What difference does it make if this book allows "the reader to discover the value that celibacy has today in the lives of thousands of priests and seminarians" while the rest of the world goes to hell for lack of priests?

We have 50,000 churches that have no priest and about 100,000 missions without a priest. Faithful cannot find priests to anoint loved ones or say Mass because having only celibates is deemed more important than having a sufficient supply of priests. In the world, we have twice as many Catholics per priest than we had 40 years ago and the world-wide priest shortage continues to get worse. Meanwhile, good priests called to both priesthood and marriage are kicked out. Jesus had married disciples and "regarding celibacy" Paul "had no command from the Lord." Celibacy simply was not that important.

Peter L

Rosanne says Paul "had no command from the Lord."

Indeed he did have Rosanne,for both men and women,who serve the Lord and Church as both priests and nuns.

I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:32-35

The Church's position on celibate nuns and priests is Biblical.


Our priests of the Eastern Rite are allowed to marry. Does that make them second-class citizens? I think not.
Brian R

Little Flower

Here is the point that, when universally recognized and understood, will make all the difference in the world on this issue:

Priests cannot marry. Married men can be ordained priests.


Because priesthood is about being put at the service of the community, being "a man for others." A married man called to such a radical reorientation of his life can bring his wife and (established) family alongside him in that ordination.

But once ordained, the man is no longer in a position to form an exclusive bond with one member of the community he serves. That is why even the widowed man cannot remarry.

So, let's keep a preference in canon law for celibate candidates for priesthood, but allow a limited and careful ordination of married men.

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