Should Catholic Priests Marry?

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There is a shortage of Catholic clergy which is leading to some pretty significant changes in the Catholic church. Many Catholics are concerned about the lack of access they have to priests and changes are being made to increase the number of Catholic priests worldwide.

For example, in many towns in Brazil, a priest will only visit two to three times a year. Due to the lack of clergy in the region, priests often have to travel hours to visit some communities. With that in mind, Catholic leaders in the Amazon are considering letting married men become priests.

 

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“The Vatican is contending with a shortage of clergy to serve isolated communities in the region, as well as a growing challenge from evangelical Protestantism, which allows married ministers. Pope Francis has said the “door is always open” to married priests, though recent predecessors have rejected the idea,” writes the Wall Street Journal. “Around the world, the ratio of Catholics to priests has risen sharply in recent decades, to 3,100-to-1 in 2015 from 1,900-to-1 in 1980, according to Vatican statistics. It is especially high in South America—7,100-to-1, almost four times as high as in North America.”

The local communities rely on deacons, but they can’t celebrate mass or hear confessions. Without the consistent priest conducted masses, Catholics often don’t even go to church.

“Many in our community wait for a priest and if the priest doesn´t come, they don´t go to the church,” said Idelfonso Pedrosa Guedes, a married father of six in Bananal who is training to be a deacon.

Could allowing married men be the solution for these specific areas?

“Proponents of allowing married men to serve as priests under certain circumstances support ordaining so-called viri probati—Latin for “proven men”—who are community leaders,” writes WSJ. “Ordaining viri probati could help resolve a “sacramental emergency” the church is experiencing due to a lack of priests in remote areas such as the Amazon, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, the Vatican’s top official for clergy, said in a January interview with an Italian journalist.”

Although celibacy became the rule in the Latin Church in the 16th Century long after early Christianity, critics argue that Catholic priests are celibate for a reason.

“A married priesthood alters one of the underlying symbolic systems of the Catholic priesthood,” said Father Dwight Longenecker, a married priest, wrote in the New York Times in 2014. “The Catholic priest is ‘married to the Church.’ Having a wife undermines that essential and traditional symbolism.”

He also points out the practical concern that the community would then be forced to support a married priest and his potentially large family.

“Catholics may think it nice and easy to support a married man with two children,” writes Longenecker. “But if the man and his wife are young and fertile, can Catholics support a large clerical family? Do they want to build bigger rectories, pay for Catholic education, the orthodontist, the college fees and all the rest? Are those Catholics who are enthusiastic about having married priests willing to cough up an extra $10 or $20 a week to support them? Children are not really cheaper by the dozen.”

 

 

Next year, bishops will be gathering at the Vatican to discuss this issue in detail.

Pope Francis announced last year that the Amazon region would be discussed specifically;

“We must consider if viri probati is a possibility. Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities,” said Pope Francis to Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper.

The priest shortage isn’t only an issue in the Amazon region, 3,600 of the 17,200 U.S. parishes were without a resident priest last year, according to the Center for Applied Research.

Although this movement may be met with backlash from conventional Catholics, many are praising this movement foward. With the influx of gay priests, this movement may make becoming a priest more desirable to straight men who still wish to have a family.


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  1. Post Author

    According to Catholic theology priests are not allowed to marry; however, if priests were allowed to get married there probably be less encounters of a sexual nature between priests and church members.

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      Priest should be able to marry and also put the molesting priest in prison, as who would want to be involved with a church who allows molesting priest to move on and continue to give the Catholic Church a dirty image.

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      There is NO biblical prohibition against the marriage of any church leader, let alone ‘priests’ as every Christian is, according to Scripture, a priest before God, I Peter 2: 5-9. The Word says, “It is better to marry than to burn” I Corinthians 7:9;. meaning that sexual needs are normal and that marriage is the answer to what is otherwise an open door to every kind of physical and ‘thought’ sin. The practice of ‘priest’ celibacy is a made-up rule, and is entirely voluntary, as is stated by the apostle Paul, I Corinthians 7:7-8; 28-36. The wearing of strange clothing, rites, ceremonies and ‘sacraments’ have no basis in scripture, as a careful reading will show. Religion complicates an otherwise very simple Gospel which is this: Jesus’ sacrificial death PLUS NOTHING AND NOBODY is all that is necessary for salvation. A religion of ‘works’ is not what God requires, James 2:8, Romans 11:6. God save us from false and encumbering doctrines which avail nothing but distraction from service to God.

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    Of course they should marry! Been a catholic for 65 years, always wondered how a priest obtains knowledge about married life without experiencing it when counseling married or about to be married couples. Always thought that keeping priests from marrying was more for administrative and organisational reasons, ie- hard to transfer a priest if the wife doesn’t want to go.

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    Not only should priests be allowed to marry, but it’s about time for the Catholic hierarchy to recognize and welcome ordained women as priests. Until there is equality in the Catholic Church and inclusion, it will continue to die. There were ordained women priests in the early centuries, and there are now many very competent and ready to serve ordained women in the 21st Century. It is about time that the Church caught up with the 21st century and eliminated the hierarchical, male dominated, clericalist institution!

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    Yes, Priest should have a loving God and a loving family if they choose.

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    Yes!

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    The priesthood is ordered to celibacy for a reason. They are consecrated to Christ and duty bound to to serve His flock , ministering to them and guiding them on the narrow path. In order to do this they must die to self. They belong to Christ, not the world. They have chosen to be Christ’s servants, dying to self in order to continue his work here on earth.
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      wow what a ridiculous comment

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    Yes it makes sense for them to marry .All other professions manage family and a profession or calling !!Also it avoids the pedophile problem !!!

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    They can do what they want. This “false” religion is a joke anyway, if you know it’s “true” history, and “world true history”. It’s a creation by the Roman empire for political reasons. the religion, and it’s god, are false and fabrications.

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    Should these pedohomos be allowed to marry? Was that the burning question?
    Women? Sure.
    Little boys? NO!

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      The Bible says if you can’t control your sexual Urges MARRY!!! You DUMB Asses

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      All Priests should be allowed a female wife.

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      AGREE,THIS WILL BE A WAY OF DOWN SIZING THEIR MAN-BOY SOCIETY.

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      Good answer! Good answer! Who knows though maybe married priests would cut down the numbers of pervs.

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    Yes, they are human beings, and should be able to marry to live a normal life with a family.I think that would be an incentive to recruit more priest’s

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    Yes, Priests should be able to marry. That is a God given gift!!’

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    Great picture of the False Prophet, where’s his sidekick of evil – the Muslim-Marxist jihadist “Bath-house Barry? Yes, we are living in the End of Age days! All of the biblical prophesies are taking place but most of the sheeple are lost and soon to be enslaved!

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      Sure. They are men first and it’s natural to have a desire for sex. Get a wife and leave men alone!!

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      Take your meds!

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    It is not only stupid to force anyone not to marry but is also dangerous. We are designed to be married and to have children. You can serve GOD and be married at the same time. It has been done for centuries. Plus our early Popes were married. But some did commit adultery. Now some just have secret mistresses.

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    yes they should marry and live the trials and tribulations instead of preaching about things they no nothing about and by mentionong god and everything is all right they should walk in our shoes I am a male married 58 years same woman 4 children 10 grand kids 4 great grand kids why should all the bless be kept for ourselves

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    There goes the Church. When Expectations can not be met just lower the Standards. Same affliction as affecting the United States since the so called Victory during Second World War.
    Does this portend the DECAY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH and the RISE OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH through acceptance of staunch followers of the faith fleeing their homeland for the White Man’s Domain (Europe and North America).
    MAINTAIN SANCTITY OF THE CHURCH.

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    Yes . We are Anglican Rite and have 3 married priests. No problem.

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    Yes

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    Better than having all the scandal we have now. It would cut down on a lot.
    We have 3 that are married, no problems! Anglican Rite Happy I joined this Rite. Mass is more reverent.

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    Big deal. I lived for awhile with a Presbyterian minister and his wife. I came to find out that they’re both gay. I
    am Catholic, so you can imagine the level of abuse I took,
    simply for following a different faith.
    When Cardinal Beredin (sp?) got caught, the abuse went
    into overdrive. I was told that that was why Protestant
    ministers are allowed to marry, unlike the Catholic celibacy requirement.
    Two months later, the pastor of his church was busted, not by law enforcement, fondling a minister in Iowa
    (the state where the synod was being held) by a different
    minister who discovered them by chance. He was subsequently defrocked, and his marriage was over at
    that point.
    Whether Catholic priests are allowed to marry, or not, is
    immaterial. People of that bent will never be deterred from pursuing their abomination. Please note, that this
    perversion is referred to, in the Bible, as being an abomination. I am casting no stones here, I am only mentioning what the Bible says. We all will be judged by our choices and the actions that follow said choices.
    Some people say that they had no choice in the matter. Be that as it may. In my opinion, God is the final arbiter of things. What He says, goes.
    I am a sinner, to be sure, but I won’t be going to Hell
    for that reason. There are altogether too many reasons
    for my presence in that domain; each of them is/was my choice.
    Please also note that elementary school children are now being taught that it’s OK to be gay before they’ve even reached puberty.
    Sodom, and Gomorrah, never went away other than physically. The mindset remains, and now gay marriage
    laws have been enacted worldwide.
    Hint: It doesn’t pay to.piss God off.

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    Never happen. We are called to imitate Christ. Christ was celibate and the priest, Christ on earth, must be celibate too.

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    Yes! It is inhuman to ask priests and/or nuns to refrain from marriage.

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    Read what Paul wrote about marriage. He says they have a choice and explains why.

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    As a committed Catholic and one who is active in many ministries in my parish, I think there are three potential solutions to this demographic reality. 1) expand the capabilities of the Deacons to include saying Mass, Confessions and the other sacraments. 2) Yes, allow married men to become priests, especially in geographies as those mentioned where the faithful have to wait months for a priest to visit, with the potential for the faithful to fall away from their faith. 3) Yes, enable women to be priests (the third rail of Catholicism). There have been dozens, if not hundreds of communities of nuns for years, providing teaching, hospital services, orphanages and numerous other ways of administering to the faithful. In the 21st century, the Church cannot continue to adhere to the discrimination against women that has existed since the earliest days of mankind’s existence.

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    They should allow Priests and Nuns to marry. As cathiloics decline in numbers who better to replenish the flocks but the most committed among them. Almost every other religion allows marriage of their leaders. Just look at the number of offspring they usually have. If the Church was to remain relevant they better do another modernization or they will be marginalized in the next 50 to 100 years.

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    I do NOT think Priest should be allowed to marry be they male or female. Married couples are supposed to be able to share everything with each other and I think that means they should not be anything but married to each other, not to God. If ANYTHING, the priesthood should be opened up to females.

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    They should be allowed to marry. As I recall there was a time in historty they were allowed to marry but the church leaders changed this.

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    As a celibate priest of the Orthodox Church I have found it easier to minister to a parish than my married brothers simply because they have to struggle to find a balance between meeting the needs of their parishes and those of their spouses and children. Nevertheless the Orthodox Church has maintained a the far more ancient tradition of married priests and has done so successfully. Our problem is not enough parishes large enough to support a married priest. We have plenty of candidates but no where to send them.

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    The Orthodox Church requires its parish priests to be married men, believing that only a married man can adequately minister to the needs of families since he’s living with the same trials and tribulations as they are. Those who wish to become bishops or higher must remain celibate. Protestantism and Christianity itself places no such burden on pastors; even Paul suggested it, but didn’t require celibacy. Among Jews it’s also not required of the priests, except with respect to certain aspects of their ministry at TIMES. Celibacy itself has led to many problems, not including this shortage, with which the Catholic church has not adequately dealt. Priests, like all the rest of us, are HUMAN first! Humans are subject to temptations.
    All that said; turning to women, which IS anti-Biblical, allowing the ordination of homosexuals or other sexually perverted persons is even worse since they are CLEARLY living outside the bounds of Yhwh God’s expressed will to us in the Bible. The Church at Laodicea was condemned for being neither hot nor cold; I shudder to think how our Lord will judge these who preach and practice such heresies and outright sinful practices. Celibacy is only required of those outside the marriage of 1 man to 1 woman; and not a burden laid on pastors who are to be the husband of 1 wife and have their own houses in good order, according to the Biblical instructions for who is to be named a pastor of a church.

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    One of the best things that could happen to the world would be for the catholic church to wither up and die. And not just the catholics. I sincerely believe that organized religion, when it’s cumulative effects over time are considered, is the single worse and most destructive idea mankind has ever come up with.

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    Catholics are in a CULT not a Church. See GOD’S HOLY WORD AKA THE AV1611 KING JAMES VERSION states that a Bishop(Priest) is to be the Husband of one Wife. It also says the same for a DEACAN. Then there is the matter of confession only CHRIST can forgive one of sin. There is the LIES like the pope being called Holy Father when GOD says call no man Father and only GOD,CHRIST, and the HOLY GHOST are HOLY. There is purgatory which does not exist. That cult’s lies are legion. So they can do as they please but it won’t change the fact they are causing millions to wind up in Hell and then the LAKE of FIRE.

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    Yes they should be allowed to marry !!

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    Yes they should be allowed to marry; thus having a better understanding when ministering to the parish.

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    The Episcopal Church which is the closest to Catholicism allows marriage, and I think that it would be a smart move for the Catholic Church to do the same !

  34. Post Author

    I think that times have changed and Priest’s should be allowed to marry. Possibly it will stop things from happening in the future that happened in the past.

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    AS A LIFE LONG ACTIVE CATHOLIC MY EYES HAVE NOW BE OPENED AND I TRULY BELIEVE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS A TRUE CULT,A MONEY MAKING INSTITUTION,WITH NO CONCERN FOR THE FAITHFUL. THIS MARXIST POPE IS ADDING TO THE DECLINE AND EVENTUAL FALL OF THIS HORRIBLE FEAR MONGERING INSTITUTION. SHAMEFUL! GOD IS WEEPING AT WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS DOING. TOTAL COLLAPSE IS THE END RESULT.

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    Celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church only applies to the (Western) Latin Rite. The Eastern Rite allows marriage within the RCC. The matter is not complicated, just extend the latter usage. Clerical celibacy is not a matter of doctrine, it is a discipline. There is nothing sacred about it. In the Middle Ages up until the 12th century the regular clergy (the monks) had a vow of celibacy, not so the secular clergy (the diocesan priests).. Historians consider that because of economic issues (mostly inheritances) the celibacy rule was decreed for the Catholic priesthood in the Latin Rite.. It was never successfully obeyed, so in the Council of Trent it was fully enforced (16th century). The priests of the Roman Catholic Church in the Eastern Rite were not subjected to such discipline. They have children, of course, but up to this day they continue to marry. Also within the RCC, in the times of Pope Benedict. the Church opened its doors to many Anglican priests, who were not required to leave their wives. to become Catholic priests. Therefore, I see no problems in this matter. Personally I would prefer celibacy to be optional in the RCC.

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    Sure, let them marry. Then they’ll know what hell is really like!

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    The requirement that priests remain unmarried is an ancient mechanism that the Catholic Church enacted as a way to build wealth for the church. When parisheners die and will their estate to a priest that same estate eventually gets passed on to the church when that priest dies. Not so if he were married – it could go to his family and the church could lose out.

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    Yes, they should have been allowed to marry years ago, thus removing the temptation to molest little boys and girls in vulnerable sections of society. Jesus said to rend our hearts, not our bodies. If they’re spending all their time trying to contain their sexual passions, eventually their container is going to burst in some form or another. The bible states, that if passions can’t be controlled, then a person should marry; it is not sin. The whole celibacy issue has been about money, not virtue, let’s face it. The Catholic church has lost so much of people’s respect due to the acts of priests done to children.

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    LET’S FACE IT MOST PRIESTS ARE GAY. THAT IS A PROVEN FACT. ALLOWING PRIESTS TO MARRY DOES NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. ONLY MASKS IT. A CORRUPT FALSE RELIGION WHICH RELIES ON MAKING PEOPLE FEAR GOD SHOULD DIE.HOARDING AND ESTABLISHING GREAT WEALTH IS THEIR PRIMARY GOAL. THE PEWS ARE STARTING TO BE EMPTY IN THE U.S AND ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD. THANK GOD THIS CULT,AKA ORGANIZED CRIME,IS DYING OUT. WHAT DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE TO SO MANY BY THESE PERVERTS. ORGANIZED RELIGION IS A CURSE ON ALL WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT. CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE WORST. PURE LIES AND PROPAGANDA.

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    Yes, priests should definitely marry. They are human too!

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