Can we talk?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 12, 2003

LA Cardinal Roger Mahony wins praise for openness and vision.

Some Los Angeles-area Roman Catholic priests are urging an open discussion on whether to allow married clergy as one solution to the growing priest shortage, and say they hope Cardinal Roger Mahony will raise the issue to church authorities nationally and in Rome. Calls to discuss the option of a married clergy came earlier this week at an annual assembly which drew about half of the archdiocese's 1,200 priests. Many priests lauded Mahony for allowing the debate on a topic considered taboo a decade or two ago. ..."We have made an extraordinary shift in the last 10 years," said Msgr. Clement J. Connolly of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena. "It's a new day when we can even talk about this now with respectability and a certain reverence and understanding."

Many single women lament what they perceive as a shortage of men willing to commit to marriage. Following the lead given above, why don't we talk about dropping the monogamy and fidelity requirement for husbands? That would make matrimony a more attractive option for contemporary young men, who feel hesitant about binding themselves to what many see as an outmoded, late-medieval legal requirement. The institution of marriage itself would benefit from the change: think of the gifted and generous men who are scratched off the list of potential husbands simply because they're already married or reject the proposal to remain faithful. As teenage children begin to think about the prospect of marriage themselves, wouldn't it be wonderful for them to hear their parents debate, with reverence and understanding, the constraint of obligatory monogamy?

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 3:12 PM ET USA

    How very Clintonian: "It depends on what the meaning of 'No' is..." It takes a Third World priest to tell the 'enlightened' Mahonyites the truth. The Reverend Donatus Ekanachi, a Nigerian native: "The Catholic Church has one head, and anyone who challenges that head becomes a rebel."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 12:27 PM ET USA

    "How many times could you take being told no.." They don't care how many times. It's called nagging. No I am not being offensive. The rad femme Wiccans (Mary Daly specifically) re-define nagging as raising consciousness. And, they keep harping on the same thing until they have "raised consciousness." They proper word for it is bagering or brain-washing. They keep doing it until a person is numbed by repetition and out of the numbness of bagering agrees just to get some relief.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2003 4:09 PM ET USA

    You have to wonder what keeps these people going. I used to. How many times could you take being told no---to married priests, women priests, divorce, birth control etc. etc. Then I read an article on a woman who runs a rent-a-priest service of married priests who agree to illicitly perform various sacraments. She said that they would just do like they did with altar girls -- keep doing what they want until Rome caves in. No doubt the ease of getting annulments gives them great hope as well.