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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.

A living Crib: Priest with wife and child.

A living Crib: Priest with wife and child.

How beautiful is the image of a priest walking side by side with his favourite partner, friend, supporter, lover etc…..The married priest comes alive because of the love of his woman who understands all his needs and gives him full support. When his loving wife bears a child, it could become the living crib for other families. They would have a wonderful opportunity to give witness to the Betlehem experience by living its contemporary experience. The priest would acknowledge his feelings for one special person – his wife and in turn would get all the love and support he needs. His wife would become his best critic, supporter and the one to help him sort out many many things.  The child would welcome the priest to see the fruit of his own love. He would not only change the nappies but walk side by side with his child to experience all the wonders and pain of growing up. How beautiful such an image would be in the Catholic Church!

The statistics are there and they are proving to be the writing on the wall as the numbers of unmarried priests seem to dwindle every second in the Western Culture. Now the communities are feeling the effect of having less priests especially for Sunday gatherings. The church cannot continue not to hear, listen and not to see what’s happening in today’s world. In Holland they had the courage to offer solutions as well for the inevitable future…….

We have been on the side of married priests for at least 14 years. But we are not simply asking for married priesthood. We want more quality like what other people are asking for in many other sectors of life. We want a change in the teaching of the church and not just concerning married priesthood. We firmly believe that giving priests the choice of getting or not getting married should prove to be a good step forward. With the experience of marriage, many priests would experience a change in their priorities. Consequently there would be a change in ALL the teaching of the church.

Sadly, we heard just one story of a priest who left the church and joined another one when he was wrongly accused of something which he never did. He didn’t have a fair trial (which should be a must in the Catholic Church).  We heard many similar stories. Unfortunately very few of them are published so people might think it’s once in a blue moon. Actually it’s not because most of the married priests were more futuristic in their thinking when they acted as unmarried priests. Being different brings about a lot of criticism. In many cases they kill the messenger before discussing the message.

They can avoid dealing with married priests now, but they cannot run away all the time. We firmly believe that one day, the Catholic Church of the Latin Rite would open its doors for married priests. Have a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year but most of all look for living cribs in your local community or online! We are ready to distribute the Holy Sacraments to all!