Published 20/09/2011 | 11:04
• The Catholic Church's rule on celibacy for its priests is sensible and reasonable, apart altogether from the profound spiritual rationale.
While not disparaging married clergy, perhaps the best summary of the church's teaching/tradition is contained in the work of former Presbyterian minister and Catholic convert Dr Scott Hahn, in his book 'Many Are Called'.
Many supporters of a married clergy argue that the reason for Pope Benedict VIII's 11th Century re-affirmation of the teaching was to safeguard Church property from claims by offspring. Quite sensible, I would have thought.