Roman, Russian and Irish Catholics?


#1

What’s the difference between the Irish, Russian, and Roman Catholics?

Do the Irish Catholic Priests have wifes? I was told last night that the Irish Catholics “have it right” when talking about having priests with wifes as in the early Church.


#2

While it is true that Irish priests and bishops had wives and children, it is equally true of the Anglo-Saxon church, and of the Merovingian church…ad infinitum. Celibacy as a discipline was introduced into the church around 1000 AD in response to numerous scandals in which the priests put their families before HMC.

As to priests with wives today, I will not comment on the eastern church since I do not wish to be shredded. The Roman Catholic Church has accepted married ex-Episcopalian priests. We have one in our diocese and there was a spot on Fox News today about one out west in California.


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