It’s not something that happens very often that bishops, without mincing any words, declare openly the need for married priesthood. We are very happy that such a bishop has the courage to speak openly which is not so easy in the Catholic Church. In the past we had the glasnost of Mr. Gorbachev (past, Russian Prime Minister), but we still don’t see the same thing in the Catholic Church.

We know as well that the bishop knows many hidden love stories, gay relationships, sexual abuse etc…most of the stories never make it to the media. So when he speaks, he is speaking from experience. Will they listen to his message? We’ll wait and see….the first response (as usual), from mother church was that he was speaking as an individual and not in the name of the college of bishops…how many more bishops want to speak, yet they are afraid of the consequences?

This week I met an officially unmarried priest who thinks completely different than the official teaching of the church. Yet when speaking with his parishioners he is very cautious not to let out any of his real thinking about the church, God etc……..He is what we may call a living lie. This is why in the church (as in past communist regimes), truth is afraid of peeping its head out. The church is not the voice of those without a voice any more. She is creating what we may define an underground group! She is persecuting those who sing a different song.

The same thing we experience in our website. We receive many emails from people who have fallen in love with a priest. In 99% of the cases the persons ask us NOT to publish any information at all. While we always respect the confidence and trust shown by our readers (past, present AND future), yet somebody has to speak out about the true number of priests who are secretly in love. We urge (but we can’t force people!) to change details about their stories and publish them so that the whole world would know that most priests are NOT observing the celibacy rule.

As most of the priests dedicate most of their time in other activities, we are realizing that most of the people are becoming really ignorant in religious matters. In Malta which in the past was called Cattolicissima, now is in a different state of mind and heart.

Most of the unmarried priests say that are not not married in order to serve people better. But facts speak louder than words or principles. An article shows that most teaching aimed for adults is NON-existent in most of the parishes of the world. It’s not just adult teaching but many more components of the parish which are missing. On the other hand, in most cases, married priests, do care for people because they have a family too and consequently they have introduced family friendly measures. They are not aiming for a blind distribution of sacraments but rather a personal approach which leads them to God. In most cases people make use of a married priest because he is more available than the unmarried one! This is proved by FACTS all around the world.

A priest may alienate himself by odd rituals called liturgy. Some priests love liturgy because they occupy a central and controlling position. Yet other priests are harping on a different type of priesthood. This is the type of priesthood needed for today’s world.