Posts Tagged ‘Celibacy’

Meet a married priest, Fr Josh Whitfield Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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My wife and I, we have four children, all younger than 7. Ours is not a quiet house. A house of screaming and a house of endless snot, it’s also a house of love, grown and multiplied every few years. In a house of little sleep, my hobby these days is simply to sit down; Read more

Bishop ‘breaks ranks’ over celibacy at Synod Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Celibacy is not an obstacle to increasing priestly vocations. According to Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalandia and a member of the current Amazon synod the real issue is a lack of holiness. de Queiroz says combating priest shortages in the Amazon region by ordaining mature married men does not address a greater problem. Read more

Cardinal says married priests possible later this year Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019
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Married priests could be a possibility if prelates ask Pope Francis to allow it, German Cardinal Walter Kasper says. Kasper, who is considered one of Francis’s close theological advisers, says such a change could be made during this year’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon set for this October, if the prelates were to ask Read more

Priestly celibacy today Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Celibacy in the priesthood is once again up for discussion. The diminished number of candidates for ordination and the abuse crisis have prodded the discussion, which seems mainly focused on the elimination of celibacy as a mandatory discipline for priests in the Western church. But a more foundational concern, in my estimation, needs our reflection Read more

Church volunteers strike over male-only priests, celibacy, sex Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Church volunteers who are members of the German Catholic women’s movement Maria 2.0 have launched a week-long strike. They are holding rites without priests outside churches and suspending voluntary church work and ministries in 50 parishes in protest over the male-only priesthood, celibacy and the church’s slow response to sex scandals. Masses and committees will Read more

Sexual immaturity, poor formation behind abuse crisis Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Sexual immaturity and poor formation are to blame for the sex abuse crisis the Church is facing, says a Canadian nun with a doctorate in clinical sexology. The crisis does not mean “the end of faith” but rather “the end of a lack of formation and the end of deviance,” and a call to return Read more

Church embarks on binding synodal process Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says the Catholic Church in Germany is embarking on a “binding synodal process” to tackle three key issues that arose from the clerical abuse crisis. These include priestly celibacy, the Church’s teaching on sexual morality and a reduction of clerical power. Marx, who is the president of the German bishops’ conference, says Read more

Vatican admits it has rules for priests who father children Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The Vatican’s rules for priests who father children will not be made public. Alessandro Gisotti, a Vatican spokesman, says a 2017 document synthesised a decade’s worth of procedures and that its “fundamental principle” was the “protection of the child”. The document is for internal use only. Gisotti explains the rules say a priest who fathered Read more

Female ordination advocates focus on power Comments 0

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
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On Holy Saturday, The New York Times published an article by Nicholas Kristof with the provocative title “God and Her (Female) Clergy”. The article focuses on the increasing numbers of women entering the clergy, particularly in Christian denominations, claiming a “right” they had previously been denied. More than that, the article claimed that a further Read more

Priests suspended after publishing a book on celibacy Comments 0

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Two Catholic priests from Slovakia have been suspended after publishing a book on celibacy. They say celibacy is “the wound of the Catholic Church that has been festering for eight centuries”. Read more Related Posts:Marriage for priestsCelibacy and priestly ministryKnights of Malta suspend Dictator Pope authorSingle Catholics Church’s blind spot