(Quote) Laura-56149 said:
I have a close friend who is a priest. Highly intelligent, very conservative and loves the church....
(Quote) Laura-56149 said:
I have a close friend who is a priest. Highly intelligent, very conservative and loves the church. We were talking about why priests cannot be married. I always had a polly anna view of this. I thought it was because they were following Christ because He was single. Nope. In the early church they could be married. The reason they changed it was because many men(in the church) were homosexuals and they did not want the wives, children etc. receiving the money and lands of the priest, bishop etc. when they died. The church wanted the inheritance. Simple as that! Greed is the reason priests cannot marry. There is nothing new in the fact that homosexual men have been part of running the church from early ages.
We must remember that satan will always attack Christ's church on earth and we must be vigilant in not letting him take over....but be fully aware he will always be working his evil until Christ comes at the end of this time.
Well, technically the priest didn't own the land their future children could have inherited. It was church property. Never heard about the "they were all homos in the olden days" spiel. It doesn't make much sense, does it, since most homosexuals wouldn't have been fathering children back in 900AD. Unless they know something we don't.
Granted, non-married priests are a tradition, not a doctrine, so it coudl change. However, I dont' think its a viable solution in this day and age. Priests have a lot of pressure on them, they have to have a whole community under their watch. Insert a wife and children, you're going to put too much pressure on the Priest. This isn't like wishy washy branches of Protestantism where a minister can have a wife and kids, those minsters also have multiple lay individauls and other ministers assisting them. Its not like they're being called out at 2 in the morning to administer the last rites to some poor schmuck who got hit by a drunk trying to reverse out of a drive through.
Marriage is hard enough as it is, insert the domains of every Peter, Paul and Maria from the Parish they oversee and a wife could end up feeling very low down the ranks indeed; or the parish suffers from the Priest's familial details.
I'm not saying it can't be done, and the Eastern Rite, Anglican jumping married Priests seem to be managing, but I think we should just leave as is. Celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom is a powerful asset.