David Quinn: Lack of vocations down to crisis of faith, not celibacy
Published 16/09/2011 | 05:00
Edward Daly is a well-respected bishop whose life-long ministry in the North has been boiled down this week to just one thing, namely his support for a married clergy.
Precisely because he is both well-known and well-respected, his call on the church to consider allowing priests to marry received extensive coverage in the media over the last few days, and it overshadowed everything else in his new book, which deals with his time as Bishop of Derry from 1974, through to his retirement as bishop of the diocese in 1993, and beyond.
Towards the very end of his memoirs, called 'A Troubled See', he wonders why, "whenever commitment to the priesthood or to the church is mentioned, sexual morality, for some strange reason, seems to be the touchstone and overriding criterion".