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Originally Posted by Dragani
Hi Friends,

I started this thread a little over three years ago. At that time, I was cautiously optimistic that Pope Francis would be different... that he would be the one to undo this grave injustice.

As we all know, he was the Pope who finally, definitively ended the ban. I am thankful to God for sending us a Pope who saw the damage that it was doing, and relegated it to the ash heap of history.

Since the ban was abolished, I am aware of many married men being ordained to the priesthood. While some brave bishops were ordaining married men previously, (almost?) all of the Greek Catholic bishops in the United States are now routinely ordaining married men as a matter of course. And the best part is that there is no sneaking around or fear of censure. We are now free to be ourselves, out in the open.

I have seen so many blessings because of this. I am very optimistic about the future of Eastern Catholicism in North America, and hope for great things to come.

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Originally Posted by bkovacs
I personally have some mixed feelings about Pope Francis.

For what it's worth, I know a lot of Catholics who have those mixed feelings as well. At this point it just elicits a yawn from me.

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Now, if only His Holiness could influence the Malankara, Malabar and other Churches that adopted the Latin model on priestly celibacy to return to their authentic Tradition.. And also bring back the full orders of Diaconate for not only those becoming priests.. I'm not holding my breath.

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