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Second Class Priests!

In the absence of love stories between priests and women, we are sharing our reflections regarding the latest news in the Catholic church.

In a March 2017 interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, Pope Francis used the term viri probati – in this context, religious married men of proven character – in saying he was open to the idea of a married priesthood, as is allowed for deacons, in remote areas where the priest shortage is particularly serious.

We are still not 100% sure of the outcome of married priests as we are still receiving conflicting news! Read this article

In any case it seems that all newspapers are agreeing that married priesthood is again in the news. Mulling all kind of news to look for positive news, we see some troubling ones. In the quoted statement made above, we have one single question: So are married priests just fillers? That is: are they being allowed as if they are necessary evil? Are they being allowed simply to fill in the blanks? Are we sort of second class priests who are allowed to work as priests simply because there is lack of?

Many people point to married priests because they think that will stop sexual abuse of children. People focus on sex because for news agencies it sells a lot of money! We do notice many priests who are living a solitary life. They are practically moving bodies but dead in their minds. Others who travel most of the time. Some who embrace luxuries. Others who are simply walking study books which amply shows the negative effects of forced celibacy. The list goes on and on.

Our main point of view has remained the same. Most of the apostles were married. Are we going to follow the bible or are we going against it? They do quote the bible profusely in other moral matters, yet about this one they are so silent! Why? If the apostles did it, why not the priests of today? Or are we like a supermarket: we pick up what we like in the church?!

Having married priests we hope it will bring the focus of the church on new challenges. One might be the complete overhaul of the relationship teaching (and not sex!). Strong and stable relationship calls for consequences which will help the priest to mature as he faces different challenges in life. One glaring example would be children. Taking care of your own children will bring a new insight in the life of the priest. Married priesthood will help the priest to reconnect with normal life with all its challenges. Consequently, the whole church will change. This is the revolution which we are looking forward to experience. In the end there will be winners all the way. All would feel much nearer to God. Everybody will experience the Emmanuel – God is with us! It would be interesting to visit a priest who has kids crying, eating and dirtying all the house whilst he is trying to communicate with God! It would be a good example of how to keep God in the centre of all activity!

It’s up to our readers to continue our reflection.

We never thought that the bishops would make one big step back by calling contraception as something immoral. We are sure that 98% of Catholics do not listen to the bishops on this issue. Yet the bishops wish to create a storm in a teacup and call it immoral. We don’t want to enter into the merits of the present situation between the USA president and the Catholic bishops but surely trying to stop contraception from the part of the bishops is surely total nonsense.

We always believe that the people of God have every right to spell out God’s Word according to their own experience and intuition. Now most Catholics believe that they cannot have so many children or that they have to refrain from sex in order not to have children. In other cases the so called natural method is very risky. So what do the bishops want from their own flock? Who is going to provide to children when the family is without a job security? This shows again that the Catholic bishops are out of touch with today’s world!

Is the battle of the contraception a cover up of the present crisis of the church? Many parishes are closing or being amalgamated into bigger parishes. The contact between priests and the lay people is diminishing. Who cares? How can one educate the people of God if priests are not present?

It’s another reason why we need married priests. Married priests are all the time in the battlefield. They do not simply listen or visit some people. They are all the time facing the same difficulties as normal people do. We can testify ourselves in many examples how in married priesthood it puts us in a better position to understand married couples. We thought that sending children to catechism lessons in the parish is easy. Well, children take time to put on clothes, they take time to go to the parish, the catechism class and then they’ll come back. They never start doing their studies immediately. So just one hour of catechism classes is not just one hour but normally it means 3 to 4 hours!!! Most of the children once they go out, they can never concentrate again on their studies. We are not saying that we should not send our children to catechism classes but that it makes us aware of so many things as a married couple with children.