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Dear Peter,

I believe so . . . My Latin Catholic college tended to emphasize what Catholics and mainstream Protestants had in common above what differentiates us.

One came from that with a kind of "hierarchy" of belief - what we, as Catholics, shared with Protestants appeared to be "above" all else in Catholicism that we didn't.

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Dear Stuart,

Yes, but there is the principle of potential economia that the Church might apply to Latin priests who got married.

I will trust and follow the Church on this, whatever it decides.

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Originally Posted by Orthodox Catholic
Dear Peter,

I believe so . . . My Latin Catholic college tended to emphasize what Catholics and mainstream Protestants had in common above what differentiates us.
Interesting. I guess I've spent so much time on catholic.com that I had forgotten that there are Catholics out there who do that.

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Married men may be ordained to the presbyterate; presbyters may not marry. Period. Full stop. End of discussion.
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I believe the question was *not* whether we should ever "allow priests to get married," but whether--assuming the laws in the Latin Church that allow married men to be ordained under very restricted circumstances are expanded--we might allow *some* of the priests who had left the active ministry in order to marry legally and openly (as opposed to making "other arrangements") to be re-admitted to service.

Granted, this would have to be done on a case-by-case basis, and would only apply to those who were ordained prior to the "new" law taking effect.


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Because a priest is married to the Church. St. Paul sets out the requirements as a man being married but once prior to ordination and that figures in.

The mystical marriage of the priest to the Church is an icon of Christ Who is espoused to the Church. So once ordination takes place, further marraige is out of the question. It's been the Apostolic practice.

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"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." - Charles Darwin

I am sure some people here may not be a fan of Darwin. Though there is much wisdom and truth in the above quote. I wonder how many of the nay sayers would volunteer to be married to the church in the future to sustain it's ecclesiastical numbers?

In my humble opinion, I believe priests should have marriage as an option. Married to the church or married to a woman, he would be fulfilling a sacrament.

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