Today’s Good Citizen Task is to read two opposing opinions on a subject. GOODis.org recommends perusing article from sources such as The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal to see opposing viewpoints on various current events.
I promptly hopped over to the Journal and quickly found an op-ed about the Pope’s recent formation of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a special diocese opened in the United States that will allow former members of the Episcopalian church to join the American Catholic church. Under this ordinariate, married Episcopalian priests will be allowed to become Catholic priests.
Since I am Catholic, I decided to explore this topic and see what others are saying about the possibility of the Church someday removing the vow of celibacy from the requirements of being a priest.
OF COURSE there is no shortage of opinions on this subject. Some traditionalists insist being celibate is crucial to the job of priesthood. This vow is viewed by many as the ultimate sacrifice a man can make to God and will allow him to be able to devote himself more fully to his parish and God.
Others feel this rule is out-dated and needs to be lifted in order to help priests be better spiritual leaders to their married parishioners. Citing beliefs that the Church initially instilled this vow in order to keep from having to support a priest’s widow and family in the event of his untimely death, many feel the Church should return to its pre-12th century rules regarding marriage and the priesthood (it was allowed). After all, the Church’s first pope, St. Peter, was married.
I’m a bit lazy on this topic – I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other. In fact, this is one of those issues where I think both sides have valid arguments.
What do you think? Are you for or against allowing priests to marry? Why or why not?