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To: Mrs. Don-o
Seeing as the Roman Catholic Church has been relaxing her prohibition on married priests, do think that by allowing faithful, married heterosexual men to be ordained into the priesthood it will help or hurt the "homosexual" problem going on there?

We already know from history that homosexual men in the Catholic clergy have been preying on young seminarians and boys all the way from local parishes into the Vatican is certainly not a recent aberration. The Orthodox tradition, which does and has always allowed married priests, does not have the same problems as the Roman Catholic clergy does in this area - at least not to the extent, anyway. Could Pope Francis be slowly moving towards relaxing the celibacy rule for priests and would this help to ameliorate the homosexual "problem" for the church?

25 posted on 08/03/2013 8:44:20 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums; HoosierDammit; TYVets; red irish; fastrock; NorthernCrunchyCon; UMCRevMom@aol.com; ...
Ah the yachting crowd weighs in, demonstrating deliberate ignorance of Church teaching....
Seeing as the Roman Catholic Church has been relaxing her prohibition on married priests,...
Psst, boat girl - the Church allows and always has allowed married priests. But you know that, right?
26 posted on 08/03/2013 8:49:21 PM PDT by narses
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To: boatbums
I can see how that question would arise, boatbums.

The Western (Latin) Church does have married men in Holy Orders, i.e. deacons, and that is a truly new thing since the Council 50 years ago. In the USA we now have more married deacons (15,000) than we have priesta in religious orders (14,000 Franciscan, Jesuits, etc.)

It is possible and -- I say this guardedly --- "imaginable" that the Church would OK married deacons to become priests.

But it doesn't seem likely.

It is likewise possible and imaginable that the Church would OK more Western (Latin) Catholics to switch over and become Byzantine Catholics --- our Byzantine Catholic Churches do ordain married men. Pope Francis himself had the role in Buenos Aires of being the official hierarch for both the Byzantines and the Latins.

I've known of that to happen just once: a married Latin-rite man who got ordained as a Byzantine-rite priest. But that's exceedingly rare.

That's as much as I can say!

33 posted on 08/04/2013 4:41:34 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification, I hope.)
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