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  • Cardinal Sarah: Priests ‘Demean’ Gay People by not Calling Them to Chastity

    06/16/2017 6:12:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/16/17 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said that omitting Jesus's 'hard sayings' is not charitableCardinal Robert Sarah has said that gay people are called to chastity, and that “we demean them if we think they cannot attain this virtue.” Describing chastity as “a virtue for all disciples”, the Vatican liturgy chief argued that clergy deprive gay people of the fullness of the Gospel if they do not call them to live chastely. In a foreword to the book Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay by Daniel Mattson, the cardinal writes: “To omit the “hard sayings” of Christ and His Church is not charity. Indeed,...
  • Why married priests won't really fix the shortage

    04/10/2017 3:18:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | April 9, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    Denver, Colo., Apr 9, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States.Today, that number has more than doubled, with one priest for every 1,800 Catholics.Globally, the situation is worse. The number of Catholics per priest increased from 1,895 in 1980 to 3,126 in 2012, according to a report from CARA at Georgetown University. The Catholic Church in many parts of the world is experiencing what is being called a “priest shortage” or a “priest crisis.”Last month, Pope Francis answered a question about the priest shortage in a...
  • Pope signals openness to ordaining married men as priests, calls for Church to face shortage

    03/08/2017 12:27:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    Aletiea ^ | 03/08/2017
    Crux has the scoop: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/03/08/pope-francis-signals-openness-ordaining-married-men/ Pope Francis has expressed openness to a renewed consideration of married priests in the Catholic Church, especially the possibility of ordaining the so-called viri probati, meaning tested married men, who could be called into clerical service. “Then we have to consider what tasks they could perform, for instance in isolated communities,” the pontiff said. While the question put to Francis specifically referred to ordaining viri probati as deacons, many theologians and some bishops have also suggested they could be considered for priestly service. The pope’s comments came in a new interview with the German newspaperDie...
  • New Papal Interview Addresses Cardinal Burke, Married Priests

    03/08/2017 11:55:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 8, 2017 | Maike HIckson
    Today, 8 March, the German newspaper Die Zeit published an interview with Pope Francis which was conducted at the end of February at the pope’s residence Casa Santa Marta in Rome. In this somewhat lengthy interview, the pope speaks about two important topics which are both timely and of special interest. First, he speaks directly about Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and the pope’s own decision to intervene into the affairs of the Order of Malta, and also why Cardinal Burke was subsequently sent to Guam. In one section of the interview, Pope Francis says: “I do not consider Burke to...
  • Next Attack from Rome on the Church - Against Unmarried Priests

    01/28/2017 6:45:01 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 24 replies
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    Samuel walked in Adonai's way, but his sons Joel and Abijah whom he appointed to the priesthood and to be judges, were corrupt and perverted justice. Priestly nepotism and corruption have been cited by members of other congregations as causes of dissention and disunity in countries with a married priesthood. The false claim that priestly celibacy is too difficult and causes loss of vocations will be used at the next Synod of Bishops as a wedge issue to break a discipline that has given great spiritual treasure to the Church. This will be on pretext of 'compassion', but it will...
  • Vatican’s firing of gay priest puts “Who am I to Judge” to the test

    10/03/2015 4:47:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 3, 2015 | Stephen White
    Today, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, a Polish priest who works–or rather, worked–in the Vatican decided to announce that he’s gay and has a partner. In an interview with “Corriere della Sera,” Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa said: I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman. Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa Set aside, for a moment,...
  • CELIBACY'S ROOTS AND FRUITS [1 Timothy 4]

    One must understand that mandatory celibacy is not taught in the Bible, nor was it practiced by the apostles. This teaching developed as an integral part of the evolving papal system and gradually became essential to it. The concern was not morality, for celibacy proved to be a veritable cornucopia of evil. In fact, the rule of celibacy was not the prohibition of sex but of marriage. Pope Alexander II (1061-73), for example, refused to discipline a priest who had committed adultery with his father's second wife because he hadn't committed the sin of matrimony. That was the great evil...
  • Catholics will no longer be fired from their jobs for divorce or homosexuality

    05/07/2015 11:44:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    Pulse.NG ^ | Oge Okonkwo
    As part of the reforms prompted by Pope Francis, Germany's Roman Catholic Church has decided that lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs. According to Christian Today, Catholic Bishops have voted to adjust Church labour law "to the multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society" so employee lifestyles should not affect their status in the country's many Catholic schools, hospitals and social services. It was gathered that the change came as the worldwide Catholic Church debates loosening its traditional rejection of remarriage after a divorce and of...
  • A Critical Consideration of The Case for Clerical Celibacy (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/20/2015 1:41:44 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    East to West ^ | unknown | Dr. Anthony T. Dragani
    Although the general populace is unaware of it, during the past decade a new effort has been underway to defend the Roman Catholic practice of mandatory priestly celibacy. Putting aside the traditional sociological arguments that we are all familiar with, these new defenders argue for the discipline based primarily on historical grounds. Although their writings have not reached a broad audience, they have found a committed following in some Catholic circles. Normally I would not concern myself with a defense of the Roman Catholic discipline of mandatory celibacy. After all, it is their tradition and they certainly have a right...
  • Pope Francis: "The issue of married priests is in my agenda."

    02/19/2015 2:22:29 PM PST · by NRx · 40 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Feb 19 2015 | Repubblica:
    VATICAN CITY - The event took place on Tuesday, February 10, but the Pope made it known only today during the meeting with the clergy of Rome. During the regular mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Bergoglio faced the issue of the marriage of priests. At the celebration, there were seven preiests who were celebrating their 50th anniversary of priesthood, but also five priests who left the ministry due to marriage. Following the question of one of the priests who were present, Fr. Giovanni Cereti, on the issue of married priests (in which was recalled the case of the Eastern...
  • Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

    12/19/2014 7:59:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its place, but so does external observance. I remember as a youth that my swimming coach, who was out of the water, would often correct us if our form was wrong, and advise us...
  • Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy – A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post

    12/15/2014 7:48:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy – A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post By: Msgr. Charles PopeA little over a year ago, I wrote an article asking and answering this question: What Does the Catholic Church Offer for those with Same-Sex Attraction? And the answer is, “the truth.” It is the same gift we offer anyone who will give us the gift of attention and presence. The truth, as revealed by God, is what we offer and celebrate along with the Sacraments, the communal life, and prayer.Of course the truth we offer in terms of human sexuality...
  • Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage

    11/28/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 28, 2014 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus used to call it “the parish paper,” a gentle barb at the pretensions of the self-described “paper of record,” but also, I think, a subtle pastoral hand extended to those who think they get all the advice they need when they look in the mirror.Yes, I’m talking about the New York Times, which just ran a discussion group on dropping the celibacy requirement for Catholic clergy. It was a “usual suspects” sort of panel, with the balance one would expect. Of 7 panelists 4 were in favor of married priests, one argued both for and...
  • Gay, Christian and … celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

    08/05/2014 7:44:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 08/04/2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church where she assumed being gay wasn’t an option. “With ex-gay ministries, it gave me the space to be honest about my sexuality,” said Rodgers, now 28. Yet that same honesty eventually led her away from ex-gay ministries. Rodgers spent several years in Exodus, the now-defunct ex-gay ministry, before deciding she couldn’t become straight after trying to date men. Instead, she has chosen celibacy. When Exodus shut down in...
  • What Pope Francis Meant to Say about the Origin of Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 4:52:15 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 107 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/13/2017 | David L. Gray (יוסף דוד)‎
    The third installment in Pope Francis’ series of interviews with atheist reporter Eugenio Scalfari took place on Thursday, July 10, 2014, and was published the following Sunday (07/13/14) in La Repubblica daily. Being that Scalfari doesn’t record these interviews on tape, but, rather, re-prints the dialogue based upon his memory of the interview, we can only say what the Pope Francis ‘allegedly’ said in them. One of the things that the Pope allegedly told Scalfari is that he wants to continue these interviews is because he “believes that an interview with a non-believer is mutually stimulating.” Typical of Scalfari’s interviews,...
  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 331 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • Celibacy

    06/22/2014 2:42:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 415 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 22, 2014 | Kristina Johannes
    A common criticism of the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexual morality has to do with the largely unmarried clergy who are charged with preaching the message.  The accepted wisdom is that celibate males have no business telling married couples how to live their lives: “What do they know about the subject?”   I remember a particularly egregious example. In 1974, Earl Butz, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, ridiculed Pope Paul VI’s opposition to contraception, “He no playa the game, he no maka the rules.” He later apologized, but in reality he was only saying publicly what many, including many Catholics, were saying...
  • European court narrowly affirms Catholic religious freedom

    06/13/2014 5:42:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 13, 2014
    Judges of the European Court of Human Rights. Credit: Council of Europe. Strasbourg, France, Jun 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed a bishop to set standards for Catholic religion teachers in Spain, some say the threat of government interference still gives cause for concern. “If government can dictate who teaches a particular religion, then government can dictate what the content of that religion is,” Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the U.S.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said June 12. Rassbach, an expert consultant with third parties who intervened in...
  • ‘The door is always open’: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | 06/11/2014
    ROME — Pope Francis says he believes that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma and “the door is always open” to change. Francis made similar comments when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires but his remarks to reporters on a plane returning from a Middle East trip were the first he has made since becoming pope. “Celibacy is not a dogma,” he said Monday in answer to a question about whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian Churches. “It is a...
  • Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy (Pope John XXIII)

    04/26/2014 1:14:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    InsightScroop.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Father Brian Van Hove, S.J.
    Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy | Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Ignatius Insight (Note: The following was originally posted on Ignatius Insight in June 2008.) Since his death on June 3, 1963, many biographies and studies of Pope John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) have appeared. In the month of his death was the article of Roger Aubert, "Jean XXIII: Un 'pape de transition' qui marquera dans l'histoire". The same year, and revised in 1981, is Leone Algisi's John the Twenty-Third / Giovanni XXIII. In 1965 there appeared that of Edward Elton Young Hales, Pope...