Center for Ethics and Leadership

Friday, April 24, 2009

Married Priests?

America magazine has just come forward with a proposal for a married priesthood.

Bravo, America! A courageous statement that has been long in coming. A married priesthood is no panacea for the priest shortage, as many of us know. The clerical career is a demanding one. Nonetheless, America brought forward excellent reasons from canon law, a theology of priestly ministry, and the reality of married priests (former Anglicans and Lutherans) already serving in the church.


  • Whether a priest is married or not they still do their job. How can a priest talk about love and marriage when they cannot explore the same thing, especially when we embrace those ideas so much.

    By Anonymous Megan G, At April 24, 2009 2:06 PM  

  • Taking the proposal one step further, how would 'the church' address divorce? Re-marriage? How about women? Are we going to take into consideration the possibility of married nuns? How about divorced or widowed ones? If the church chooses to accept marriage in the priesthood, at some point the church may be forced to confront the same sex marriage issue within the priesthood. The idea has merit and the implications are vast, the issue deserves further consideration as well as religious and secular debate.

    By Blogger kobe2, At April 25, 2009 9:54 AM  

  • Married clergy is probably an idea whose time has come (a long time ago). The change would present a few additional complications. What about the nuns? How about divorce? What will be the position on re-marriage? Does being widowed get handled differently than being divorced or separated? Will the church find its position on gay clergy further complicated? Interesting, few things are ever as easy as they seem.

    By Blogger kobe2, At May 2, 2009 7:38 AM  

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