Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG
Married Catholic Priests: Why are Some Catholic Priests Married? Will Celibacy Remain a Requirement? (external - login to view)
Of course, the RCC being a patriarchal bunch will take a few more million years to grant women equal rights.
Marriage in the priesthood, and homosexual abuse of minors are two separate issues. Addressing one will not affect the other.
Celibacy is deeply rooted in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, going back to the original apostles (although Peter, the first Pope, was likely married) and monastic communities. Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholic Churches do allow some marriage, but not in their Magisterium (bishops and curia), and one is not allowed to marry AFTER ordination.
It became obligatory in the 11th Century in the Latin Church, largely because there were as many problems stemming from a married priesthood as would be alleviated by it. What do you do with divorced priests, if it were allowed, for instance. In the early Church marriage brought on a fief like character, with an inherited priesthood, to many parishes.
The primary reason for a celibate priesthood deals with the focus of a priest's vocation being singularly pastoral and religious. A married man's primary responsibility is to his family, for a priest it is with his flock and Church. There is no chance that marriage or women's ordination will come to the Catholic Church, at least in its Latin Rite, likely, for the duration.. of Creation.
Last edited by coldstream; Oct 2nd, 2009 at 01:56 PM..