Married Catholic Priests?[OPINION]
According to a possibly unreliable recent interview with Pope Francis, he believes that priestly celibacy is a “problem” for the Catholic Church. Though Pope Francis’ comments on priests not marrying might have been misconstrued by the interviewer in the interview linked above, the question is still raised: should Catholic priests be allowed to marry and/or should married men be allowed to become priests?
Some Eastern rites of the Catholic Church allow their priests to marry. I spent three semesters in seminary myself, and left because I wanted to have a family. I personally think allowing married men to become priests would be a tremendous asset to the Catholic Church, creating new priests who are able to truly relate to their parishioners and serve them better. It’s worked for other Catholic rites, it’s worked for other Christian denominations, and I believe it can work for the Catholic Church.
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