Angelican Invitation Opens Question Of An End To Priest Celibacy Rule

October 22, 2009

Rome (ChattahBox) – After an announcement from the Vatican that Angelicans would be invited to join the Catholic Church, a new issue has been raised: whether or not to begin allowing priests to marry.

It would end a tradition of celibacy that has survived for centuries and allow preists to wed. The Pope has said that he would be opening up a new sect for those that are uncomfortable with changes such as female priests, and openly gay church leaders.

Because the offer stands to Angelican priests who have been married, or are currently married, it seems to be the first step in the changing face of Catholicism.

“We face the prospect in the future of going to a Catholic church in London and it being normal to find a married Catholic priest celebrating at the altar, with his wife sitting in the third pew and his children running up and down the aisle,” Austen Ivereigh, the former aid and advisor to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, told teh New York Times.

It is further proof of the Pope Benedict’s biased outreach to the most conservative, while ignoring more liberal branches. The Angelicans being targeted are those that denounce any newer changes that have occurred within their own denomination.



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