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Wednesday, August 10, 2011



Stupid question, can a married ex-Protestant Catholic priest have sexual intercourse with his wife?

Fr Mcproud was not asked to abstain from intercourse upon his ordination to the Catholic priesthood right?

Kevin C.

The answer appears to be "no." However, I haven't heard much about this in the past year, so I don't know what the bishops are doing about it, if anything.


The western (Roman Catholic) approach is a lot different than the eastern (Eastern Catholic and Orthodox) approach to be sure. In Orthodoxy, for example, they prefer their parish priests to be married with a family. The bishops are usually drawn from the monasteries, so it is natural for them to be unmarried men. I think any talk about whether or not a man can act in a married way with his wife is weird. Shouldn't it be that either you are married or you are not? What is this category of "well you are married, but act like you're not." I don't think that makes too much sense, and talk about way too much information!

Kevin C.

That was 'no' to the first question. That was a bit ambiguous.



Great post as usual. And I wish all the best to Fr. Bryce at St. Mary's. However, a very minor quibble, I think the Church has referred to itself in official documents [between 1600-1900] as the Roman Catholic Church. As I recall reading, sometimes in Vatican documents the term Roman Catholic has referred to the entire Catholic Church and sometimes it has been used to refer to the "Latin Rite" of the Church. And don't forget that there are many parishes in America and elsewhere that do call themselves: "St. So-and-so's Roman Catholic Parish." Myself, as a Ukrainian Catholic, I think it's great for "Latin Rite" Catholics to call themselves Roman Catholic. It certainly makes more sense than calling them Latin Rite Catholics since Latin is not used in it anymore (or at least--hardly ever). There are some pretty important differences between the two rites as well...not to mention the other 21 rites--And I think it's great to recognize these differences by using different names. Just a thought......

K P Winterer

I had assumed that Oregon had very few Catholics since they
are so predominantly Democrat=anti-life. How can a Catholic following pro-life teaching of the Church ever vote Democrat?

Carl E. Olson

9.8% or so of Oregonians are Catholic. From

Oregon and Washington are notable for being the U.S. states with the highest proportion of religiously-unaffiliated and self-identified "nonreligious" residents. Only 1.2% of Oregonians describe themselves as agnostics (and a statistically negligable number are atheists). But about 17% of Oregonians classify themselves as "nonreligious" (while the U.S. average is only 7%; Washington is 14%).

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