Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Married and Ordained.

Married and Ordained. The Minor Leagues of the Catholic Clergy

There are at least two thousand of them. Of the Eastern rites, or converts from Protestantism. They have wives and children, and celebrate the Mass. The Church recognizes their "equal dignity" with celibate priests. But that doesn't hold true in practice 

by Sandro Magister

ROME, November 16, 2011 – At a recent Wednesday general audience, Benedict XVI once again invited priests to "rediscover in its beauty and power the free choice of celibacy for the kingdom of heaven."

He did so in commenting on Psalm 119, where it says: "My portion is the Lord." A citation that had already been the hinge of the first and most extensive exposition of the reasons for clerical celibacy made by Joseph Ratzinger after his election as pope, in his address to the Roman curia on Devember 22, 2006:

> "I met you today..."

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