Clerical celibacy, Eastern defense
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(01-24-2020, 11:09 AM)GangGreen Wrote: Anyway, agreed with the rest. I can see an argument for allowing a lower class (in a sense) married clergy. However, I could see how doing so could very well lessen the amount of celibate clergy and cause a divide within the priestly ranks if there is a sizable group of married clergy (rather than just having a small number of exceptions). Married priests would also not be able to devote the same amount of time as a celibate priest because they also have a vocation to their marriage and as a parent. As such their time would be divided. Could it be done? Probably, it exists in the east. However, it is clear that a celibate priesthood is optimal and Scripture supports such a stance.

The Latin lack of faith on this is astounding. You believe God can make a priest able to read a penitent's heart. You believe God can make a priest levitate. You believe God can make a priest bilocate. But you can't believe God can make a priest who can also manage married life? How can you believe in a God who can perform the supernatural when you don't even believe in a God who can perform the natural?
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RE: Clerical celibacy, Eastern defense - by Melkite - 01-24-2020, 12:12 PM



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