It was unthinkable until some years ago to mention marital love and priesthood! Everybody was of the opinion that the Vatican won’t change celibacy. Most people lost their faith. Yet the Holy Spirit gives us his unique surprises. More and more anglican priests are becoming Roman Catholics and are coming inside the church together with their wives!! See below….

The Vatican has erected since January 1st of last year, a personal ordinariate
(similar to a diocese) in the territory of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops for the ministers and the faithful Anglican converts to the
Catholic Church. The married priests will be able to get together en masse. The
Vatican has stressed that this condition of married priests is only one
exception (like other similar dispensations made in the past by the Vatican)
and in no way a permanent condition of the priesthood.

However, the Roman Catholic Church is willing to get back into his house
the highest number of married priests.
Numbers not seen in previous years to 1123, when the
First Lateran Council in canon 21, forbade the marriage of
priests.

History about the exclusion of the wife of the priest.

The church is not decisively enacted legislation on priestly celibacy
mandatory until the 11th century reform movement. At that point, the main
purpose of priestly celibacy was to clearly distinguish and separate the
priests from the laity, and to elevate the status of the clergy. In this scheme,
the mere presence of the priest’s wife confused this goal, and then the
wife of the priest aroused suspicion, and often the aversion of many
parishioners and clergy. We can understand such sentiments raise today?

Since the time of the First Lateran Council, the wife of the priest had
become a symbol of lust and contamination. The reason was related to the
pseudo pure theology of consecration during the mass. The priest, who
consecrated the Body and Blood of Christ was to be uncontaminated as not to
contaminate the Eucharist

The priest’s wife was an obvious danger. His lust, the second thesis of
Peter Damian (made a saint, bishop and doctor of the church),
who lived in the 11th century, threatening the effectiveness
of the consecration. He chastised the wives of priests as “vipers that
furious animated by impatient ardor of lust behead Christ, the head of the
priests,” with their love. He wrote about women married to priests as:
“impious tigers, harpies, fierce snakes, charmers of priests, the devil, the
choice morsels Devil, viruses of the mind, soul swords, poison
companions, material of sin, the death, hoopoes, barn owl, night owls, wolves,
blood-sucker.

According to historian Dyan Elliott, the wives of
priests were perceived as rapers of the artal, a desecration not only the
priest but also the whole Christian community.

The family of the priest was also seen as a threat to the stability of the
church. Her children were a threat to the laity, who feared that any
their ordination to holy orders could be absorbed into the hands of the
descendants of the priest to create a rival clerical dynasty. A celibate priest
also would provide substantial donations from high aristocracy. In
addition, the wife of the priest has often been accused, along with her children,
to squander the resources of the church with the extravagance and frivolity.
Pope Leo IX tried to remedy this problem in the 11th century, decreeing
that the wives and children of priests were to work in his residence at the
Lateran Palace in Rome.

We invite the wives of priests (former Anglicans) to start
a real dialogue on the abolition of priestly celibacy, or
a claim that it might be optional.

It would be encouraging if we start a true and sincere discussion about sex and marriage in the Catholic Church.

Let’s not lose more priests because they encounter love in their lives! We’ve been saying for many times that when a priest falls in love he would see the world, God, church and all in a new perspective. A woman walking besides a priest makes him richer and more mature in his spiritual life. Now contrary to what the article says, the priest cannot abandon priesthood especially when he reads the Holy Bible and finds out that most of the apostles were married !!! The church for obvious reasons wants him just to stay quiet and shut up but we urge him to continue exercising priesthood in the footsteps of the apostles and the Anglican ones who are exercising priesthood even though they are married!! It won’t be unfair but biblical and apostolic to work as a married catholic priest!!

Rev Hearne (he is always going to be a Rev because priesthood is forever!!) is praising celibacy. Well in principle we are in favour of optional celibacy as forced celibacy is creating monsters. Does he know about them? Does he know how many go on expensive holidays? How many are drunk? How many wear expensive clothes and other expensive items in their homes? How many have sex with boys, women etc….??

Finally we are so happy that there is going to be the second Maltese Cardinal of the Catholic Church in history. We won’t expect a revolution from a man who is 86 years old. Yet as he studies the early history of the church, maybe he would help others in understanding the biblical priesthood!

Homily {in Maltese}

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