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Panel asks Vatican to end ban
on Eastern Catholic married
priests in North America

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 6/6/2014 5:42:03 PM

Washington - A group of Roman Catholic bishops and Orthodox Christians wants the Vatican to lift a ban on married priests for a small segment of the American church. The committee wants the Vatican to allow ordination for married men in Eastern-rite Catholic churches in North America. Eastern-rite Catholics accept the authority of the pope but have many of their own rituals and liturgy. There are more than a dozen Eastern Catholic church groups in North America, but their total numbers are small. Eastern Catholic churches in the Middle East and Europe already ordain married men. But the Vatican banned the practice in America in the

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If the Catholic Church is having trouble filling their ranks with priests, they should listen to Pope Francis and his suggestion of quit substituting dogs and cats for children. Don´t worry. This will eventually turn into an end run to attempt to allow homosexual marriage. s/o. (My vote will always be for celebite Catholic priests).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rinohunter, 6/6/2014 5:54:31 PM     (No. 9875806)

Ditto that OP! Except celibate priests would be best.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 6/6/2014 5:57:54 PM     (No. 9875810)

If you look into the reason for the non married priests, you will find that it was a Roman law, not a church law.

My father was a married Roman Catholic Deacon, an institution that was revived, becaues of a shortage of priests.

The Decons tend to be older, married, and have some experience in life, and far better to advise people in crisis.

The RC church might have a serious look at how they got to celibacy.

(or as the old joke goes, when the old monk proofread the text they had been copying for hundreds of years he jumped up and said "It says CELEBRATE, not Celebate! [it was one of my father´s favorite jokes.])

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dmjr, 6/6/2014 10:54:25 PM     (No. 9876040)

It was not until 1074 when Pope Gregory VII issued his papal bull that said men could not be ordained to the priesthood unless they took a vow of celibacy. So, I think Pope Francis could issue another papal bull lifting the ban.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: DonQuijote, 6/6/2014 11:58:42 PM     (No. 9876061)

Married priests have always been a part of the Eastern and Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches. Nothing wrong with it -- leave it alone. The Eastern rituals are as beautiful as the Tridentine Mass was. Let´s keep the traditions that work, and for them, it has always worked. That´s why they are separate but equal. I often go to Eastern Rite Liturgies, as the contemporary Masses here in the US seem lacking in symbolism. Unfortunately, Rome felt it had to "dumb down" the rituals.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Doctor P, 6/7/2014 10:02:13 AM     (No. 9876323)

The Catholic church currently allows the Anglican priests who were already married to continue to serve as priests when they convert to Catholicism.

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