Tag: Celibacy

The enduring value of celibacy

The enduring value of celibacy

| Father Carter Griffin | October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A few days ago, someone asked me in passing whether the “big meeting in Rome” — referring to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — would allow priests to marry. He, like many Americans, takes it for granted that the synod is a referendum on priestly celibacy. I am convinced it isn’t, but it is nevertheless a good moment to ask why, in the 21st century, we have celibacy in the first place. What is its enduring value?

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Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

While indigenous cultures may have difficulty accepting the concept of celibacy, indigenous candidates for the priesthood are more than capable of understanding that it is a gift from God, said an indigenous priest from Brazil.

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Affirming celibacy, pope explains narrow possibility for married priests

Affirming celibacy, pope explains narrow possibility for married priests

| Cindy Wooden | January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many people were surprised when Pope Francis told reporters flying with him from Panama Jan. 27 that he did not think optional celibacy for priests in the Latin-rite church was a good idea.

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German cardinal urges change in tradition ahead of celibacy discussion

German cardinal urges change in tradition ahead of celibacy discussion

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | January 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising called for change in long-standing church tradition as the German bishops’ conference prepares for a workshop debate to “review” the issue of celibacy for priests.

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A case for priestly celibacy

A case for priestly celibacy

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is a very bad argument for celibacy which has reared its head throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some. It runs something like this: married life is morally and spiritually suspect; priests, as religious leaders, should be spiritual athletes above reproach; therefore, priests shouldn’t be married.

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