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Should Catholic Priests be allowed to marry ???

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OneFootInTheGrave Report 23 Feb 2013 08:14

THE most senior Roman Catholic in Great Britain has said he believes priests should be able to marry if they wish to do so.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who will help elect the next Pope, said it was clear many priests struggled to cope with celibacy, and should be free to marry and have children if they so desire.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 23 Feb 2013 08:18

I think it would be a huge step forward, after all, it's the natural thing to do and with the Catholic religion promoting family life it seems wrong to deny the priests that pleasure. It would help the priests understand people's problems more as well, I think.



LaGooner Report 23 Feb 2013 08:55

Why should they not, they are only human after all.

To go slightly off topic it amused us all at Convent school (well not the Mother Superior and other Nuns) that one of our very attractive young nuns eloped with the handsome young priest who came to do our school assemblies occasionally. :-D :-D :-D

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 23 Feb 2013 09:00

A friend of mine in Malta, a radio presenter, married a young priest who left the priesthood after only a short time as he wanted a family. They had two young sons.



OneFootInTheGrave Report 23 Feb 2013 09:10

LaGooner, the Mother Superior must have had "we are not amused look on her face" :-D

Cardinal Keith O’Brien went on to say that the rule of celibacy is not a doctrine in the Roman Catholic Church and could be changed by the next Pope. He says there are already some married priests in the church, such as those who have converted from The Church of England, who are not bound by the rules of celibacy.


LaGooner Report 23 Feb 2013 09:14

She was positively fuming for ages. She was a very large lady who was not the best tempered person at the best of times. She used to go bright red with fury and that look framed by her cowl still puts the fear in me. ;-) :-D :-D


JustJohn Report 23 Feb 2013 09:20

I hope you will permit me to quote St Paul on this subject first. He laid down what are still considered to be Christian rules. Not rules for all but rules for committed Christians.
"To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion." (1 Corinthians 7:8-9 RSV)

The apostle Paul (and other key figures among God's people, including Elijah, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ) were not married, but Paul taught neither for, or against, marriage. What Paul taught regarding marriage was a matter of what was best for an individual's righteous life as a follower of Christ Jesus.

So opposition to marriage for priests and nuns comes from Church tradition, not Pauline teaching. But many Church leaders and workers (not only in Roman Catholicism) feel it is better they are married to Christ alone.


FootieAngel Report 23 Feb 2013 09:29

The original priests the Levites married and had children for generation they were still allowed to enter into the "holiest of holys". A man is a man surely its the natural order of things? Lest they get tempted and fall into sin!


JustJohn Report 23 Feb 2013 09:44

FA. Yes, absolutley. Many priests in the Old Testament were married. It is recorded that one of the most important Pharisees (Nicodemus, John Chapter 3 verse 3) gave his daughter a wedding present worth £7 million. A jewel encrusted bed. He was not only a rabbi, he was a teacher of the law (what we would now call an Archbishop). And he was a family man who made his huge fortune from controlling the supply of holy water in Herod's Temple.

There was no stigma about remaining single and celibate in Old Testament Judaism . And I think there was stigma in the C of E 50 years ago. Parishioners preferred to "invite" a Vicar with a wife and family. Think that still happens a bit in some parishes, circuits and other denominations.

In the early Christian church in 1st century, they had to be 100% committed and very mobile. And they were begging for money and food. Extremely difficult to have a wife and children starving many miles away. Also, Christians were frequently sought out and put to death. And so were wives and families. :-(

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 23 Feb 2013 09:48

Personally I couldn't care less. I just think if you join a cult following you should abide by the club rules.
If you find you disagree with the T&C`s, resign and join another social club which has better offerings. Simples aint it.

Or, why not go it alone? It has been known you know, you dont HAVE to be a member of a cult to have a life, and beliefs.


terryj Report 23 Feb 2013 10:03

i thought it was only a recent thing
remember reading about married popes at some stage

just had a quick google


OneFootInTheGrave Report 23 Feb 2013 10:03

Cardinal Keith O'Brien interview:-


JustJohn Report 23 Feb 2013 10:46

In A Perspective on Clergy Sexual Abuse by Thomas Plante, a psychiatrist specializing in abuse counseling and considered an expert on clerical abuse, he states "approximately 4% of priests during the past half century (and mostly in the 1960s and 1970s) have had a sexual experience with a minor." According to Newsweek magazine, the figure is similar to that in the rest of the adult population.

Yes, I wickied that as emotion can overtake facts. But 4% is a shocking statistic. Just thankful that 96% of general population have never in their lives had sexual experiences with a minor.

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 23 Feb 2013 10:47

C`mon, OneFootInTheGrave... You posed a question, but as of yet you've not given us your slant on it. :-)

Not a politician by any chance are you? :-D


AnnCardiff Report 23 Feb 2013 10:49

96% of the population never experienced sexual abuse? how did you come up with that figure - far too low


GeordiePride Report 23 Feb 2013 10:51

I just can't understand how a man can stay celibate all his life regardless of faith. They are males with the same instincts as any other male therefore it's no wonder they have turned their attentions elsewhere for satisfaction. I say allow them to marry if they so desire.



JustJohn Report 23 Feb 2013 10:56

Perhaps some people like to see arguments before deciding what stance to take, JLC Bob Tigre.

My view is celibacy is a wonderful state for any professing Christian, and should be applauded. But, also, if someone is deeply in love (like Thornbirds) to a partner who is of a like mine regarding Christianity, the two should follow a ministry together and raise a family if they feel it is the right thing to do in God's eyes.

The Cardinal is spot on for me on subject of priest's marrying , but no signs of his being shaky on the fundamentals of Christian behaviour (like suicide, euthenasia being a sin).


SueMaid Report 23 Feb 2013 10:59

I think you will find the figures are much higher than 4% - try around 25%.

The majority of priests would not even consider abusing a child. The priests who do are paedophiles who possibly would not be able to maintain a sexual relationship with adults anyway. I don't think it has got anything to do with celibacy.


AnnCardiff Report 23 Feb 2013 11:00

you re so right Geordie - it's not in the nature of human beings to be celibate - if it were the human race would have died out almost before it started


Dermot Report 23 Feb 2013 11:02

Some might admit that marriage is the best policy but only after they try everything else first.

Generally speaking, no generation has found life tolerable without narcotics, stimulants or marriage.