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Fake celibacy, part 2

Bryan Cones | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Despite the fact that I've evidently been denounced to the Holy Office for my allegedly unorthodox views about mandatory clerical celibacy, I thought I'd pass along this editorial from America magazine, suggesting, shockingly, that the U.S. bishops take the lead in exploring solutions to the U.S. clergy shortage, including discussion of married priests--which, of course, we already have.

Discussion??? This is well-covered territory. How about we start drawing up policies and procedures for the ordination of married men and the rehabilitation of those who have left to marry. If it's good enough for former Lutheran and Episcopalian ministers who are now married Roman Catholic priests, it ought to be good enough for the 25,000 inactive or laicized priests!