Must married priests live celibately?


#1

I have heard that Episcopal ministers who are married and have children and convert to the Catholic faith can become priests. Is this true? I have also heard that if they do, then they must live celibately. Is this true?


#2

Yes.

[quote=Tim_Cleveland]I have also heard that if they do, then they must live celibately. Is this true?
[/quote]

No. Married Protestant clergy who convert to the Catholic Church and desire priestly ordination must receive a dispensation from the celibacy requirement. Once properly dispensed, they may be ordained and may continue to live as husbands to their wives. However, should his wife
pre-decease him, a married priest may not remarry.


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