[quote=a pilgrim]Please forgive me, but I believe you may have worded your poll question incorrectly. Rather than “Should priests be allowed to marry?” I believe you may have meant to ask “Should married men be allowed to become priests?”
There is a significant difference.
While the Synod may, indeed, address the issue of faltering vocations to the priesthood by allowing more married men to pursue ordination, I suspect that the thought of allowing those men who are already ordained priests to subsequently marry will not even garner a moment’s consideration.
In the spirit of this poll, keep in mind that married Catholic priests already exist. The concept of a married priesthood, while predominantly foreign to the Latin Catholic Church, it is a commonplace, accepted practice in many of the Eastern Catholic Churches, especially those outside of the United States. These are Catholic priests, in full communion with the See of Peter, to whom any Catholic individual may freely go for sacramental reception and spiritual pastoral care, i.e., *married Catholic priests. *
Yes, perhaps I should have specified Latin rite priests, although I wasn’t really talking about converts. Since that is already allowed it’s not really an issue here. Nor was I drawing a distintion between a married man becoming a priest or a priest getting married. I’m just speaking of married priests in general, regardless of which came first.