Monday 11 December 2017

Let priests marry: the Church's survival may well depend on it

A Bloody Sunday hero is right to suggest that celibacy for clergymen should be abolished, says Ulick O'Connor

In his memoirs, A Troubled See: Memoirs of a Derry Bishop, published last week, Bishop Edward Daly makes this comment:

"I believe there should be a place in the modern Catholic Church for a married priesthood and for men who do not wish to commit themselves to celibacy."

This is a courageous statement which coincides with the action of an international group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), who last Wednesday announced their intention to sue Pope Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity through the International Criminal Court.

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