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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.

There are many words in the English vocabulary but none are so effective as the word ‘surprise’ during this last and long week. Last Monday we were all stunned by the news that the Pope is to resign. We all know that it has been nearly 600 years since the last Pope did so. Nobody would have guessed such a move, yet it happened. Now this is what makes the Catholic Church so interesting. No insider or practical person can ever predict with certainty what’s going to happen next. We have witnessed a similar move when the old, frail and sick Pope, John XXIII, was elected Pope. He was considered to be transitional or just a pope for a few years. Yet he was the old Pope with a very young and energetic mind who dared to call a general council. A few years later, married Anglican priests were accepted as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Who knows what next now? This is not just now or in these last days. If we truly pray by using the Bible, than we would be familiar with surprises or a better phrase – impossible tasks!! The Bible is full of such stories.

As they say, never say die! At times we seem so far away from out target of having officially married priests yet in one second, with the signature of a Pope it could all become real! Let’s keep praying. Changes are not impossible to achieve. Obviously we are not promising a push button solution and our dream could still take many more years to be achieved. This is why our married priests should never stop believing in themselves because they are living like the prophets in the Old Testament, they are witnessing the future. This should be our main focus. We know that’s not easy. Not all people are capable of ‘seeing’ the future. Not everybody is willing to be a prophet and to speak God’s language.  Yet there should be prophets in the church who are bold enough to sing a different song. We ‘see’ the future because we truly believe that married priests have to become a reality in the future.  Let’s not let journalists fill up our spiritual welfare with lots of deviating information about who is going to be elected the next Pope or what he might decide or not.

An interesting experience has been the reaction to the Pope’s resignation. Obviously some hard headed ones still insist that the Pope should have never resigned. Yet the majority have fully agreed with the reasons given. What’s so interesting is that they have changed their view (indirectly) about a priest’s resignation. People do understand that sometimes the priest is right in calling it a day and resigns. We still remember vividly that some people even told us that it’s God will that he has asked us to form a biological family in order to testify as a Catholic family! Others have asked for the sacraments and insisted on having our services. This last experience has sparked our spiritual experience as married priests and it kept it going…..people can see when a priest truly lives what he believes. People are already prepared for married priests. They are already asking for their services. They need to see their priests living the same kind of life that they are facing today with all its challenges, experiences, joys and troubles.

For other readers who wish to have some googling about the resignation of the Pope than they should follow these:   link1.   Link 2.   Link 3   Link 4