While this might fit better in the Eastern Catholicism section, I’m posting this here because my target audience is Western Catholics in particular.
I am merely wondering how Western Catholics perceive the concept of the married priesthood in the Eastern rites, since it has been an Eastern tradition, well…for a long time. While the married priesthood had ceased to exist in some places for a while - particularly in North America - the bishops have of late changed their policies and are gradually coming around to ordain more and more married men. When I was young, my pastor was a married priest, but he was the only one I was aware of at the time. Today, probably half the priests I know are married (in Canada).
To elaborate on my initial statement, I am wondering: Do Western Catholics find this inappropriate? Appropriate? Is it merely a matter of education and knowledge of the Eastern Tradition, or is there more going here that even a rooted knowledge can accept? I’d like to know what you think.