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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 13, 2008

Thousands of "leading Roman Catholics," says the UK Telegraph, are petitioning the Church to allow women and married men into the priesthood. How's that for thinking outside the box?

"We believe that the Holy Spirit may be telling us that we are not sufficiently open to the emergence of new forms of relevant ministries."

Right. Imagine how the life of the Church in the first world would be transformed if the petition were to succeed: instead of the typical monthly guitar Mass congregation consisting of the same two dozen 75-year-old liberals, you'd have a monthly guitar Mass congregation that included three or four 65-year-old liberals as well. Renewal!

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2008 5:57 PM ET USA

    Daniel asks, "And who would support priest's "large" families?" Believe me, that is not an issue. Remember, these "Catholics" surely also support contraception and abortion.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2008 3:09 PM ET USA

    Gosh, what an opportunity for an endocrinologist to do a mass examination for goiters. I see someone in need of tyroxine right off!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2008 10:47 AM ET USA

    Spot-on, Eagle. People conflate the issue of married men entering the priesthood (a biblical/historical reality, and widespread in the Eastern Rite and Orthodox Churches) with priests being allowed to date and marry after ordination, which the Catholic and Orthodox churches have ALWAYS viewed as a strict no-no. Once a priest takes up the mantle of spiritual paternity, his relationship to the Church changes. Imaging Christ at the head of the congregation, he cannot be surveying his dating pool.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2008 10:36 AM ET USA

    "Eagle," please consider the current case of the Episcopal bishop of Pennsylvania and the new bio of the past Episcopal bishop of New York. There is a breakdown in fidelity everywhere in our country. In the current social climate, married priests in seipsum would not exclude cheating, scandalous, pedophile, divorced, or "remarried" priests, or even polysexual adventures. Pray for our godless society, our families, and our priests. And who would support priest's "large" families?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2008 6:18 AM ET USA

    Linking the issues of married (male) priests and the ordination of women is like linking discussion of the appropriate speed limits on highways and the abolition of Due Process. The first is policy, the second is Constitutional. On the contrary, perhaps the most effective long-term solution to clerical homosexuality -- which, as suggested in "Faithful Departed", is one of the roots of the sexual abuse crisis, whether as cause for abuse or episcopal blackmail -- is a married clergy.