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Jul 11th 2013 new
In a letter to the Bishops of Argentina soon after he was elected, Pope Frances urged them to deny the Eucharist to all,, especially politicians, who support abortion and same sex marriage

Maybe, just maybe, the US Bishops will see that letter as a sign that it is well past time for them to take more direct AND PUBLIC action against the likes of Pelosi and Biden. If they did, it might make the 54% of Catholics who voted for you know who, that in no way could a Catholic vote that way without suffering the possible loss of their immortal souls.

Since their over scholarly worded advice went over their heads, this act could clear some of the confusion they caused in the process of shooting themselves in the foot.
Jul 11th 2013 new
Things may change? Canon 915 may actually be enforced?

Let's hope so, for the sake of those politicians who threaten their souls and those of their fellow Catholics with scandal.
Jul 12th 2013 new
Not to mention profaning the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist...
Jul 12th 2013 new
priests being married...
Jul 12th 2013 new
(quote) Connie-17641 said: priests being married...
There is nothing inherently wrong with priests being married. It was the norm in the early years of the Church.

And even after, it was universally allowed as long as the candidate for ordination was married prior to entering the priesthood. And that is still more or less the norm in the Eastern Catholic Churches as well as the Orthodox Churches..

Early on, however, no married priests were allowed to be consecrated Bishops. That is still the norm in both the eastern Catholic and all the Orthodox Churches.

In the Latin rite today, there are some married priests. All are converts to the Church. A large portion of those are former Anglican/Episcopalian priests, but their ranks include former Protestant Pastors who converted.

The celibate clergy is a discipline that can be changed at any time by any Pope, despite its long tradition in the rite.

Is it likely to be changed in a wholesale manner? Probably not because the Church has also learned by its long experience that a celibate clergy has inherent advantages. The idea of a priest not trying top serve two masters, God and his family is part of the reason as well as St. Paul's and, of course, Christ's saying that being celibate is the better choice without in any way denigrating the married state.
Jul 12th 2013 new
(quote) Connie-17641 said: priests being married...
Aren't all priests married to the Church?
Jul 12th 2013 new
(quote) Alex-789274 said: Aren't all priests married to the Church?
That too!
Jul 12th 2013 new
(quote) Alex-789274 said: Aren't all priests married to the Church?
just telling the news I've heard. also heard that some priests are already married. you'll have to google that one though to find out more.
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