Monday, May 16, 2011

Should Priests Be Able To Marry?

It is common knowledge that Catholic Priests can not marry. Interestingly, however, this knowledge is not entirely accurate, as marriage is actually the norm among Eastern Rite Catholic Priests and Orthodox Christian Priests. There are many of us, including many Catholics, who would love to see this ability for Priests to marry become the norm in the entire Catholic Church.

It is interesting to note that Peter, the first Pope, was married. "And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.” (Matthew 8:14-15). "Don’t we have the right to bring a Christian wife with us as the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers do, and as Peter does" (1 Corinthians 9:5).

Though Paul and Jesus were both celibate, they never condemned marriage among Priests.

“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”(1 Cor. 7:9)

"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer" (1 Timothy 4, 1-5).

Would you like to see the ability for Catholic Priests to marry?

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