Thursday 23 February 2017

End to celibacy

•The former Bishop of Derry, Edward Daly, has voiced his opposition to compulsory clerical celibacy in the Catholic Church. (Irish Independent, September 14 ). I don't remember ever reading or hearing Bishop Daly making such a call while in active ministry. It seems that senior Catholic clergymen, like Bishop Daly, have to await retirement before they can voice opposition to canonical practices such as compulsory clerical celibacy and the ordination of women.

Recently, the Bishop of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, William Morris, was removed from his ministry by Pope Benedict for having the courage to state similar views and he did not receive support from his fellow bishops around the world.

Judging from the subservient posturing of the Irish bishops at their last audience with Pope Benedict, there is every likelihood that Bishop Daly's call for courageous outspokenness by senior clergy in Ireland will fall on deaf ears.

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