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.
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.
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.
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?
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:)
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.