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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.

Another priest had the guts to name the big challenge for the church: that of forced celibacy. He is no ordinary priest but he is a priest who has earned three Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his work about saving hundreds of children from a life of sexual abuse in the Philippines. So surely he knows what he is talking about. He knows many hidden stories. He knows many secrets. He knows the effects of a sexual abuse. He knows the powerful hand of the oppressor. He knows the innocence of so many children. If he makes such a statement we need to take heed. We need to listen. We are on the brink of a disaster.

Priests are NOT celibate at all. Don’t think it’s just a few. Many of them are turning around the celibacy rules in many ways and means. Many people know that many non-married priests are gay.

Celibacy and priesthood should not be tied together especially when reading the gospel and finding out that priests were married!! Maybe the only problem is money? Maybe we don’t have enough money to give to the priest in order to support his family too?

A priest is lost because of NOT following the book (the missal or book used for mass). No it’s not gossip nor glamour. It’s not light news but a true one. It happens that bishops sometimes make it such a big problem because they want the mass to be a mystery. If the priest tries to make it more understandable, then it’s very wrong. Now we have one less priest. Who won?

Other priests, because they care for the church, they see the need for a change. Anything in life needs to change. If we just see the creatures and all creation, it proves this theory. All animals or living things which did not change, they did not survive. Some priests are not only open to change but they try to listen and read people’s comments.

Keeping the tradition is very important for this bishop. Well we do agree 100% but which tradition? Is it that of married priests or to exclude girls from the altar? Who is right? Who is holding the true tradition? This is what this bishop misses completely! The gospel of today speaks about the mother in law. Did he preach the gospel of today, Sunday the 5th of February? Or did he preach his own interpretation of the gospel? Did he think that by acting in that particular way he was going to silence criticism or of those adhering to a different way of life in the church?

Homily {in Maltese}