Married Priests Now? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker

From the story:

The main practical objection to married priests is simply that the infrastructure and hierarchy of the Catholic Church is not equipped for this change. They don’t know how to do it and don’t want to do it.

Pregnant that, in middle of a, may I say it? Brilliant rundown of pro’s and cons, by a married priest, now for 13 years.

This not wanting to with it, however, is for some of us, the most interesting. Plop a married guy into the midst of an entirely bachelor community and . . .

As I say, very interesting. The twain shall meet, I think, with some difficulty . . .

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  • R.A. Carrera  On 05/17/2019 at 10:44 PM

    I’ve never quite understood this conundrum, as Rome’s priests were married for the first thousand years. Monastics should keep their vows to chastity, but Orthodox priests marry, as do, if I recall correctly, all the other Catholic denominations outside of Rome.

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    • Jim Bowman  On 05/18/2019 at 10:20 AM

      It’s a matter of turning around a battleship. It’s been obligatory for so long. System established. Hence pros and cons.

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      • R.A. Carrera  On 05/18/2019 at 11:41 AM

        I agree, though because I’m Orthodox, I do consider having a married clergy to be a benefit, we lose a lot of potentially good bishops because ours have to come from the monasteries. That causes me a bit of grief.

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