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26 women in affairs with priests plead to Pope Francis to end Catholic Church's celibacy vow
NY Daily News ^ | May 18, 2014 | David Harding

Posted on 05/19/2014 5:58:54 PM PDT by Gamecock

A group of 26 Italian women - all claiming to be in affairs with priests - have written to Pope Francis pleading with him to end the Catholic Church's celibacy vow.

The women said that there were many more like them who were "living in silence."

"We love these men, they love us, and in most cases, despite all efforts to renounce it, one cannot manage to give up such a solid and beautiful bond," they wrote in a joint letter.

They added that "very little is known about the devastating suffering of a woman who is deeply in love with a priest".

The women met through Facebook, reports the Telegraph.

Some 6,000 former priests in Italy have left the church so they can marry.

Pope Francis, who had a girlfriend as a young man in Argentina, has previously said he favored maintaining celibacy, but claimed it was more church tradition than dogma.


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1 posted on 05/19/2014 5:58:54 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Alex Murphy; metmom
Pope Francis, who had a girlfriend as a young man

Oh really?

IBPBAMOHRC

2 posted on 05/19/2014 6:00:30 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

Wouldn’t this mean, at least for the priests involved, celibacy is already a thing of past? Just ax’n


3 posted on 05/19/2014 6:01:27 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Gamecock

I wonder if all the women are democrats, you know because it’s just sex!


4 posted on 05/19/2014 6:02:40 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: doc1019

It is a Roman Catholic tradition!


5 posted on 05/19/2014 6:02:53 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

Celibacy or the ignoring there of? ;-)


6 posted on 05/19/2014 6:05:02 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Gamecock

ive always thought it was sort counter productive to Christianity for the most devout to not marry and procreate.


7 posted on 05/19/2014 6:07:36 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cclergy/documents/rc_con_cclergy_doc_01011993_bfoun_en.html


8 posted on 05/19/2014 6:10:51 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Pope Calvin the 1st, defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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To: Gamecock

Trouble with celibacy in the church in Africa
http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/trouble-celibacy-church-africa


9 posted on 05/19/2014 6:13:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Gamecock

TTIUWOP.


10 posted on 05/19/2014 6:14:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“ive always thought it was sort counter productive to Christianity for the most devout to not marry and procreate.”

Just because a man is a priest does not mean he is the most devout compared to all laymen. Also, Jesus and Paul were celibate. Was anyone more devout than they were?


11 posted on 05/19/2014 6:17:50 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

The first “Pope” was married.


12 posted on 05/19/2014 6:23:04 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: vladimir998

Please, let’s leave Paul out of this! He was a Pharisee, which meant he had to be married. In fact, some people have suggested that the “thorn in the flesh” was his wife, LOL!


13 posted on 05/19/2014 6:23:14 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“ive always thought it was sort counter productive to Christianity for the most devout to not marry and procreate.”

As a married man and a grandfather, my perspective is that a celibate person can raise the bar dramatically, in terms of how much he or she can give.

If a man like me wanted to enter the priesthood, he would have to abandon his responsibilities to his family—cut ties entirely—if he were to have any hope of being half as good a priest as Abp. Fulton Sheen.

Any given person only has 100%. That particular thing *is* a zero-sum game. No matter how you add it up, only the celibate can give 100% to their vocations.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 6:28:58 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

And yet Scripture teaches otherwise.


15 posted on 05/19/2014 6:30:43 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

“And yet Scripture teaches otherwise.”

Oh, good grief. Spare me whatever dizzying contortions and distortions were necessary to that conclusion.


16 posted on 05/19/2014 6:32:42 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc
Spare me whatever dizzying contortions and distortions were necessary to that conclusion.

Actually it takes dizzying contortions and distortions to deny Scripture.

Titus 1:6 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers
Contort away.
17 posted on 05/19/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Aren’t priests and nuns are already married - to God? isn’t that part of their contract? (for some reason I’m thinking of an Audry Hepburn movie but can’t for the life of me recall the name?)


18 posted on 05/19/2014 6:45:42 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Gamecock

I asked you to spare me.

Unkindly, you refused.

Now I am left, agog, jaw hanging open, gob-smacked at the proposition that there exists an English-speaking person who thinks that passage says anything at all about the Catholic discipline of celibacy.

Oh, unkind.

I must now read from a book written by someone much more intelligent than I, in the hope of achieving a normal level of tranqulity once again.


19 posted on 05/19/2014 6:48:41 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: blueplum
This one?


20 posted on 05/19/2014 6:50:26 PM PDT by massmike ("You only live once, but it does help if you get to be young twice.")
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