Wednesday 26 July 2017

Priestly celibacy dilemma

Pope Francis
Pope Francis
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Sir - I'm confused to hear Pope Francis is willing to consider the possibility of married men of proven faith becoming Catholic priests, however at the same time he will not advocate removing celibacy vows.

Are these men married or widowed? If married, how could they remain celibate? They would not be living their vows and would this not be wrong? Or have these men one foot in the grave and have no interest in sex?

Why do priests have to be celibate anyway? Surely a loving marriage would help him perform his priestly duties even better? The non-Catholic clergy with a wife do tremendous work.

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