Hi all. I have come to discuss the option of perhaps making Preistly Celibacy optional, instead of mandatory. From what I understand, it is a practice that theoretically, could change. I also believe it is possible for a practicing Catholic to hold my position.
At the College I went to, I was involved in a Catholic youth outreach program, St. Pauls Outreach. While at a party/dinner one evening I heard an aquaintance of mine talk about his desire to both be a preist and to marry. “Could I just be a Maronite Priest?” he said, half joking half serious.
I just believe that perhaps some good people might be kept out of priesthood just because they would like to marry and have kids. At times I have thought those two things should not be mutually exclusive?
I also believe the presence of marriage may make the priesthood a bit more open, in some way. It probably would help solve vocation crisis…
I think it might be nice if we had it like the Orthodox churches do.
What do you all think?