Tuesday 17 January 2017

Married clerics

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.

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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.

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