Now seems like a good time for the Catholic Church to make some changes, what with Benedict retiring. Might I suggest they join the 21st century and allow priests to get married again? Yes, again. Celibacy wasn’t a requirement for priests until the 12th century. The church instituted the requirement in order to that property remained within the Church and was not inherited by a priest’s children. (Sons, presumably.) Today the church claims the reason for celibacy is so that the priest is devoted only to God. I think we can all agree that’s not working.
Most religions allow, in fact encourage their clergy to marry, and have children. Go forth and multiply, and all that. They don’t seem to have as MANY pedophiles in their ranks as the Catholic Church does. If priests can marry, those who are drawn to the calling for spiritual reasons can still become priests, and they can enjoy a regular home life. Those who are drawn to the priesthood because society will not expect them to have mature adult relationships, but instead gives them unfettered access to lots of children…..well, they can stay home and watch game shows instead. Time for the Catholic Church to stop enabling them.
Plus, isn’t there a worldwide shortage of men joining the priesthood? Wouldn’t this ameliorate that trend?
Feel free to forward this to the Vatican.