Thursday, August 09, 2007

Married priests now?

The Catholic churches in Africa, or at least their leaders, are often considered more Roman than the Romans, but a new movement for married priests founded by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo seems to be gaining traction, according to an op-ed piece in the Times of Zambia. A number of legally married priests in Zambia are now ministering openly in association with Married Priests Now, Milingo's movement, which is funded by (of all people) the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

It would be ironic indeed if the church of the developing world--thought by many to be the future of traditional Catholicism--is the place that finally does in mandatory celibacy. But their clergy shortage is most extreme, so it makes sense that wider use of married priests would begin in places like Africa and Latin America.

Milingo is, I'll grant, a little nutty, but who knows how this might turn out? And really, would the vast majority of Catholics really care if their priests were married, as long as they were competent, compassionate ministers? Would you?

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At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moon is a convicted felon in the United States and claims to be the Messiah. Why would Milingo or any other Catholic associate with "Married Priests Now" an organization funded by Moon. Moon is NOT the Messiah. He is either lying or mad if he believes he is the Messiah.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger CtotheL said...

No argument here. I've always felt bad for more legit married priest orgs who now have to operate under the shadow of a nutty archbishop and his sushi-empire backer with a Messiah complex.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Seminarian Matthew said...

Am I against married priests? Absolutely.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger CtotheL said...

You mean, you're against the continuous tradition of the Eastern Catholic churches? Remember, celibacy has only ever been mandatory for the Latin church; there are about 22 other churches in communion with the pope who have maintained the tradition of married clergy since the beginning--when the apostles were married.


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