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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.

Most married people work outside the family. The work for long hours. They still have babies and they do care about them. We never understood the question of why a priest cannot keep a family and a parish at the same time? There are so many demanding jobs today, why do they focus on the priest? It’s not only the married priest who has to find quality time with his children but rather many people who go to work for long hours too. So it’s useless to cry for old family models where the women could stay at home and tender the young. Nowadays both parents work outside their home in order to earn enough money.

A Catholic married priest with nine children will surely dissolve the idea that the priest does not have time for ministry and family! One has to find quality time as in all other jobs nowadays.

Looking back at the Second Vatican Council, celebrated in Rome between 1962-1965, one cannot not be so nostalgic about it. What went wrong in the Catholic Church so as to go back in times? What made most of the cardinals interpret this council in rather an odd fashion way and give it what is popularly known as a ‘conservative look’?

Another author says the same things but is using different. Is it time for a Catholic Spring? Even if most of those in authority misuse the bible saying that they have the whole truth in their hands, most of the people are calling for changes. This only amplifies the problem that those in authority are really alienated! Pope John XXIII was truly aware of the truth found in the Catholic church yet he called a council to open a window and see the world. Why is it that we prefer to go back? Maybe we’ll lose power? Money?

Homilies [in Maltese]