In light of the earlier post about the supposed history of women priests, here is a practical examination of the married priest question (sometimes linked to the issue of women priests) by a Catholic married deacon.
Every once in a while someone brings up the topic of married priests. “Wouldn’t it be great if priests could marry?” “There wouldn’t be a shortage of priests if they could be married.” “There would be no sexual abuse crisis if priests were married.” And on and on. Then you hear the usual criticisms, “It’s all about money. The Church doesn’t want married priests because then they’d have to pay them more money.” “The Church doesn’t want married priests because they don’t want to have to take care of their widows.” “The Church doesn’t want married priests because of the high cost of health insurance for families.” “The Church doesn’t want married priests because they’d have to provide them with houses where they could raise their families.” Again, on and on.
I’m no expert on the theology of married clergy, but since I am one, maybe I can shed…
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