In many spheres of life, one gains maturity and independence. A case in point is our own sons and/or daughters. Children depend totally on their parents for their upbringing and daily needs. Finally the day comes when they leave the nest and change their lifestyle etc…. They have to think how to live their one and only life. They have to provide for their own daily needs. Has that time arrived in the Catholic Church? There is a lot of pressure on the new Pope to make substantial changes in many areas of the church. Indirectly, are we proclaiming that the church is the Pope?

In the Second Vatican Council (meeting for all bishops which took place between 1962-1965), the main vision of the church was that of a community. It’s the feeling that all baptized people ARE church. During the history of the church, one finds instances where the common people believed some truths before the clergy (priests) accepted them as truths! In this sense we wish to emphasize our firm believe: that of married priesthood. The theological proof is in the bible where most of the apostles were married. We are not selecting the teachings which suits us. We are not manipulating our religion. It’s a truth which has been dormant (in a convenient way!) for many years. Yet the Catholics are maturing as they read the gospel and they make their won reflections…..We are maturing in our thoughts. We feel that everyone is part and parcel of the church.

The number of priests in the western world is declining rapidly. Who is going to provide the spiritual food for the coming generations? Are we happy to close churches? Are we happy the leave the flock unattended? Let’s call all priests who left active priesthood to think it over. The people need you! If you are loving a person (ie in a sexual way), you are like so many common baptized people! Be a living testimony for others by living a married life and that of priesthood! Some of the congregations are already prepared to accept you as a married priest! Others have already many years of experience and they can help you surmount any practical difficulties.

Women, who fell in love with a priest, dialogue with your priest. Help him in his decision to decide for married priesthood. The priest is not going to lose pastoral work, but gain new people, new congregations, new friends, new supporters for his work as a married priest! He would live out his dream! He would grow in his spirituality, humanity and maturity! Show him that with you on his side, he would be much stronger.  Your love for him will surely make him much capable in leading other people to God’s will and house.

Other people, do show support to your married priests, or priests who are still lingering to take the decision! Show them that it’s God’s will to testimony the gospel as a married priest. A married priest would be in better position to understand your situations.

For all those who won’t accept resigned priests, (owing to centuries of brain washing), should remember the law of the church number Can. 213, which expresses the right of the faithful to receive assistance from the sacred Pastors out of the spiritual goods of the Church, especially the word of God and the Sacraments, is of divine origin through Baptism in Jesus. Such a law is constitutive (essential) for the baptized and cannot be altered or eliminated by human initiative. Celibacy was man made, consequently it could be changed overnight!

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