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February 2nd, 2013 - Tess-922428 said:

Yes. I think the church should let priests get married too.

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December 26th, 2012 - John-600715 said:

I have personal experience with this as our assistant pastor is a married former Episcopalian priest and he seems to be doing a fine job and from all indications is fully accepted by the parish. Oregon, USA

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December 10th, 2012 - Richard-595743 said:

Of course!

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September 28th, 2012 - Joe-890299 said:

Oh, heck yeah! I've always thought it was a great idea, and I bet you wouldn't get much argument from altar boys......

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August 24th, 2012 - Maria-889608 said:

No, I believe that it is too difficult to give ones self 100% to the priesthood if you also have to fill the needs of a family. At some point you would have to choose between the two. For a priest the church is his bride.

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August 16th, 2012 - Anthony-875075 said:

Biblically Saint Paul said, that it is better to marry than be burned up but if someone can be celibate then that is better. I think that they should allow it but it should fall under the same rules as a deacon. They are only allowed one marriage and thats it. As everyone knows too, we are so low on priests now, we need every one we can get. I would love to be a priest but also wish to marry. I choose to be a deacon because I can marry and serve God and my community at the same time.

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May 20th, 2012 - John-790192 said:

yes. The Episcopalian Deaconate now supervised by Cardinal Wuhrl is now seeing a significant increases in Anglican priests & congregations now wanting to return to Rome. We should welcome and embrace them.

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October 19th, 2011 - Stephanie-774076 said:

NO

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September 30th, 2011 - Maureen-694329 said:

yes

There are married Catholic priests in the UK at the moment who have converted from the Anglican church

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August 20th, 2011 - Sheila-756415 said:

if celibacy had never been introduce by the church, forget what council. We'd not be in the mess we are in now

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August 7th, 2011 - Caroline-753399 said:

NO! This should not be up for debate.

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June 26th, 2011 - Lorrie-735074 said:

I attend a church with a converted Protestant clergy and he is a priest. He is married with children and grandchildren. He was ordained under a special provision of John Paul II. He is FANTASTIC! I do to him for confession and he is a gifted listener, compassionate, loves God with his whole heart and I can feel the presence of God when he officiates at the Lord's Table. He's a beautiful person and I think we need to allow more of this.

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May 27th, 2011 - Don-710713 said:

yes

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February 16th, 2011 - Domenic-683443 said:

Yes, we have one in our parish and he is great !!! His wife is a model woman, and his kids are very respectful. I hope we get more (and we will) !!

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September 10th, 2010 - Lily-463992 said:

Yes, there are already some married ex Protestant Priest in the Catholic church. I guess they became priest under special dispensation from the Pope and yes they converted into Catholic church.

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August 22nd, 2010 - Michael-618706 said:

The question is prefaced with "should", as in a proposal. Some married Prorestant ministers can become a Roman Catholic Priest if he converts. It has been done many times. I believe the leading number is from Episopalian denominations to Catholic. He does take a vow that if his wife predeceases him, he can not remarry.

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August 6th, 2010 - Chris-577148 said:

no the church has cowtowed way to much the way it is to what fills good is damn liberals. jesus started the catholic church on his own. guess what he was chas. preists are are supposed to be leaders for christ. the damn liberals can get lost and go have there own church elsewhere stop desacrating ours.

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May 7th, 2010 - Natas-575896 said:

No, deacon would be an option

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December 22nd, 2008 - Philip-389512 said:

All priests who practice as family priests should be married or open to maraige.

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October 28th, 2008 - Shane-77540 said:

I met a priest and his wife in Jerusalem that had converted from the Anglican church. He was 100% sincere and taken in historical context it makes sense. Anglican priests descend from the Church of England, originally Catholic. Also, there is the precedent of married priests before that time in the history of the church. If priests were allowed to marry, I would be very interested in that vocation. So if a married priest feels called to convert to the Catholic faith I feel he is just coming home as the Catholic Church is the original and true church.

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March 26th, 2008 - Alex-285308 said:

Unless you're a widower, I don't see how you could become a priest in this case... I mean I might consider becoming a priest after I was married and given that my wife passed before me. Who knows?

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March 18th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:

There is that exception. Then there's always the Eastern rite that allows for married men to become priests. Personally I don't think it's such a great idea though to allow for married priests. Hard to minister to an entire parish when you're busy taking care of a family. Not to mention that the bread winner of a family should primarily be the husband and many priests take a vow of poverty.

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March 16th, 2008 - Louis-110732 said:

Don't we already have married priests as an exception to the rule if they were married first and then converted?

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February 27th, 2008 - David-24902 said:

Doesn't the priest marry the Church? I guess the real questions are: 1) Would we even be bringing up the discussion of married men becoming priest if there wasn't a shortage? 2) Is allowing married men to become priest the true solution or is it just a band-aid for a bigger problem? 3) What are the benefits/downfalls of allowing married men to become priest?

I know my answers, but not the time right now...any thoughts out there?

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February 26th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:

Joseph- yes, the Eastern Rite permits married priests. However, the Roman Rite has recognized the many problems that could arise if their priests married.

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February 18th, 2008 - Gregory-121459 said:

First of all. There are already married converts who are Catholic priests, and second, it doesn't matter what us lay people think, these are decisions by the Vatican alone. There are Rules and there Exceptions. The rule is what it is, but exceptions happen by the pardon of the Church, if they decide so, then fine, if not, no harm no foul. No amount of exception should make void the Rules. In the end, if the church gives permission to individual cases, then I am fine. And although the churches teaching on celebacy, which I praise is not a doctrine but a discipline, and could be changed without undermining the authority of the church, their decision, as I said before, to let a married protestant be a priest, would be fine. But the decision should never, ever be made due to "priest shortage". There is only an orthodoxy shortage, and a prayer shortage. For a full account, read the good book "Goodbye Good men". God bless you Father:)

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February 17th, 2008 - Theresa-51103 said:

Only if our priests who choose to leave the priesthood for marriage and family can still be active priests. Quite the double standard to allow married men to become priests while we reject and ostracize our own.

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February 13th, 2008 - Doreen-165926 said:

Yes: If they further their education in the theology of our church. Pope John Paul II comissioned and order of married minister that are being allow to become priest. This has been going on the quit some time. They are successful in meeting the demands of the church, and their families. They are not able to remarry if their spouse dies as Richard stated. This raises the question since, it is a man made law in the church that priest do not get married. Should they be allowed too.

But if you watch EWTN and Journey Home with Mark you would find the interview priest who were minister and now priest. Extremely holy priest, the church is blessed to have them.

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February 13th, 2008 - Andrew-101944 said:

Absolutly not, they are not allowed to get married, in the Roman Rite a priest cannot be married.

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February 9th, 2008 - George-166509 said:

I favor a celibate priesthood but I am even more in favor of doing everything possible to make it easy for non-Catholics to convert.

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