Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pope Francis Might Let Married Men Become Priests

This appears promising.  We are informed that the whole topic is up for op[en discussion as well it should be.

In the past the compelling argument in favor of presently celibacy was purely economic and not in terms of supporting his family either.  The Church had become the custodian of real land wealth in a time that this was the only source of wealth.  Of course priests would work to alienate such assets to their children.

The central decision took place in the time i recall of Gregory the Great.

In the meantime the protestant churches have easily demonstrated the viability of a priestly family in terms of the modern era.  So it can be done.  Add in ordination of female priests as well and boots on the ground will never be a problem.  All this should also sharply lower the real risk of aberrant sexuality among frustrated priests.
Pope Francis Might Let Married Men Become Priests

Although the Catholic Church does allow married men to achieve priesthood in some cases, it doesn't happen often.

March 10, 2017

Pope Francis says he might be open to letting some married men become priests.

The pope said in an interview with a German newspaper he would consider letting "viri probati" — or "tested men" — be ordained in the Catholic church.

He told the paper: "We need to think about whether 'viri probati' could be a possibility. If so, we would need to determine what duties they could undertake, for example, in remote communities."

The Catholic church does allow married priests in certain circumstances. For example, Protestant married priests who convert to Catholicism can stay married and become a Roman Catholic priest.

But for the most part, the church says priests should not get married. The belief is they should be celibate, like Christ was in the Bible.

That stipulation rules out a lot of men who would otherwise be eligible for priesthood. And, as a result, there's been a shortage of priests around the world, especially in South America. The pope is from Argentina.

Pope Francis has also been debating other groundbreaking changes to the church, like female deacons.

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