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Should Catholic Priests be allowed to marry ???

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Bobtanian Report 25 Feb 2013 12:31

If I remember sort of correctly from my early life,

"A priest doesn't have wealth of his own, and should devote all his time, and efforts towards his as he cannot afford the upkeep of a wife and family, he will never marry"


JackBunion Report 25 Feb 2013 22:12

Shame that Cardinal O'Brien has had to resign today. Think no voting Cardinal will be present now in the Vatican from UK.

But the two major changes (not in bibical fundamentals but in church tradition) are:
1. A Pope has resigned - thus opening the way for this (to me ridiculous) idea that he is infallible to be rescinded.
2. Married priests is being discussed actively in highest levels of RC Church.

I think that is good for Roman Catholics and for closer harmony with other churches - particularly the Church of England.


Susan10146857 Report 25 Feb 2013 22:26

I am not going to read any posts. My thoughts on the OP are as follows.

I believe it is for the Catholic Church and its people to decide whether a Priest should marry or not, after all any others do not have the information needed to make such decisions...Leave it to the Catholics who's concern it is. the views of non Catholics is neither here nor there as far as.....'Should Catholic Priests be allowed to marry' as it wouldn't be them 'allowing' anything ...... in my opinion

2. My personal opinion is this. A Priest or Nun enters the church knowing that one of the vows is not to marry. If they don't like it they shouldn't make that vow, not try to Change the views of the church......simples.

yes, I know what the other vows are but that is not what was asked in the OP.


eRRolSheep Report 25 Feb 2013 22:28

John he hasn't resigned - he was effectively sacked


JackBunion Report 25 Feb 2013 22:41

Susan. I think your post is disappointing. I agree that whether priests or nuns are allowed to marry is a matter for Roman Catholics alone.

But your attitude is very insular and not ecumenical.
I dislike the fact that I cannot pray with my Catholic aunt because we have different prayers.
I dislike the fact that I am not supposed to take the wafer and wine during a Catholic mass.
I dislike the fact that I cannot take bread and wine in "closed" Protestant services.

For goodness sake, a Christian is someone born again who knows the blood of Christ applied. They can be Catholic, Strict Baptist, Congregational, Wesleyan Reform Church, Brethren, Quakers. It makes not a jot of difference to God - and should make not a jot of difference to any true Catholic or Protestant.

I think your point about lifelong vows for existing priests and nuns is a good one


Susan10146857 Report 25 Feb 2013 22:45

I am not really interested in smacked wrists from yourself John. I find your comments condescending....but hey Ho.....I suppose you have a right to post whatever you want.


eRRolSheep Report 25 Feb 2013 22:49

I think that works both ways.
Many low church services include things like the Lord's Prayer sung to a strange tune, unfamiliar "choruses" etc etc which can prove somewhat exclusive and uncomfortable for visitors.
Also, some churches will not in theory allow you to take communion if you have not been "born again", baptised etc.
So although some have pointed the finger at the catholic church, I think that all denominations have their problems and exclusivity


JackBunion Report 25 Feb 2013 22:52

Not a smacked wrist at all. Sorry you think I am condescending.

No, I was disappointed. Not in you, but in your views. You appear to me to be saying " It is our club, so butt out everybody else".

It is not your club, it is not the Pope's club. It is a branch of Christianity. It is a vital part of what we Protestants pray for almost every week when we pray for the holy and catholic church of Jesus Christ.


Susan10146857 Report 25 Feb 2013 22:55

You are making of it what you want John......I am not saying that at all...?read my post again because I am not intending getting into a conversation with you while you twist what I say to suit yourself......I didn't want to join this thread as I knew it would be contentious.....but added in a way I thought wouldn't need an argument.....


JackBunion Report 25 Feb 2013 23:00

Errol. I agree with almost all of your post. I did comment that I cannot take wine in some Protestant services in previous post.

We really struggle in all churches with this problem that we regulars are familiar with certain traditions, and they can be a real discouragement for a church newcomer. I did give an example a few weeks ago when eight of us arrived for a service and a man from the pub next door said he didn't like churches but would we have our service in the pub instead. He organised a room and coffee for us all and we had a wonderful evening discussing what we believed and what we doubted :-D :-D

So some churches at least try very hard to help break barriers down.


~Lynda~ Report 25 Feb 2013 23:00

I completely understand your post Susan, and agree with what you say :-D


JackBunion Report 25 Feb 2013 23:07

Susan. I can only think that you have not yet read my response properly to your thoughtful post.of 22.26. I think your post was a good post, and summarises what a lot of Catholics feel about this question.

I think that attitude is disappointing. Just my personal view. And I was definitely not arguing with you - you have your opinion, I have mine.


Kay???? Report 25 Feb 2013 23:28

I dont think anyone is really in belief that their opinion will reach the Vatican :))),,,,,,,,but the OP is no different than having a chat about it in the pub,cafe,or other with a group of people,

Same way a footballer is chatted about over a pint about anything topical or news worthy.

John,Unless you subscribe to all faiths you cant partake in the activities ,,but you wont be refused entry. :-)


George Report 25 Feb 2013 23:39

To be honest, I couldn't care less about catholic priests or protestant, Jewish, Muslim priests either.
Totally bloody bored with all these religious threads and with all the religious bigotry.
Give it a rest. :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-|

George :-| :-| :-|

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Feb 2013 23:44

"I dislike the fact that I cannot pray with my Catholic aunt because we have different prayers. "

John I 'm perplexed, Unless I am sadly out of touch do not all Christian churches RC and Methodist etc say the 'Our Father'?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Feb 2013 23:47

Sorry my post is out of synch, I was thinking :-D

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 26 Feb 2013 00:00

I too and thought over the past 10 yrs both chruches RC and CofE more or less aligned their prayers, for instance in the CofE I have heard the vicar say Holy Mary mother of God which they never used to, also there are now more prayers where we will respond or reply to the Vicar didnt use too, the only thing I have never seen practiced is CofE crossing them selves....I got smacked once as a child of fmy mum for copying my cousins in chruch and crossing myself. :-D


JackBunion Report 26 Feb 2013 00:07

Rose. I met this aunt via family history. She has recently died aged 96 and I met her when she was a sprightly 82 for first time.

We got on like a house on fire and soon found that we were both very interested in religion and knew the Lord as our Saviour. At 10.30am she said "I now have to say my daily devotions" . I said I would love to pray with her and she just said "my prayers are not your prayers. You can sit in the front room and say your own prayers whilst you wait".

I did that, but would have rather prayed with her. She used a rosary bead and presumably she had a set form of prayers, whereas I just pray as the Spirit leads. She was a very humble and genuine Christian who would have been very welcome at any church I have belonged to. And I am sure same would apply to Susan or any Catholic friend.


SueMaid Report 26 Feb 2013 00:11

Even Susan would be welcome :-0 :-0 :-0 Even though her attitude is insular and not ecumenical???


JackBunion Report 26 Feb 2013 00:15

Oh yes, SueM. She would be very welcome. Talking, discussing and meeting together begins to break down barriers formed by a thousand years of suspicion and plenty of violence.