Why are priests not allowed to marry?




Full Question:

my question is why are priests not allowed to marry?

Reply:

Simply broken down, the ministerial Priesthood as it is now shows forth the seriousness of the Call of Christ to repentance and salvation. If priests were allowed to marry, it would look ordinary and their families will definitely affect their ministry. Imagine how it would be when you are not sure why a priest is asking for financial aid, you wonder if its for family luxury or something. Imagine how it would have been with those heroic priests who answer sick calls in the middle of the night, how possible would it have been if they were wrapped by a woman’s embrace? Imagine how it would have been transferring a Priest from parish to parish with his whole family. A priest has NO LAND, NO PROPERTY. He is a wayfarer, an itinerant preacher, this would have been rendered impossible by Marriage and family. Besides, neither his ministry as priest or as husband/father would florish seeing that one requires readiness to move, the other requires being in one place for a long time. The kids cannot keep registering in new schools every time you know. Then, imagine that because of the marriage in priesthood, he gets to stay very long in a parish, imagine how this would affect his ministry. People without knowing it get tired of a priest (especially when he is viewed as being at the same level with them in terms of holiness and worries). Those transfers make an old priest new and appreciated in a new place.

They are called to “.. Abandon Father, Mother, Homeland, wife, children, for the sake of Christ/the Kingdom of God” Matthew 19:29.

Again ” For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” Matthew 19:12.

Priests go to the priesthood knowing they won’t be allowed marriage, and this is not bad. It would have been evil, if someone were told he’ll marry and later forced not to.

Finally, they are called to be like Christ; Alter Christus, and to act “in persona Christi Capitis”, in the Person of Christ the Head. So common sense justice demands that they emulate the footsteps of their master, even as the Apostles and the early Christian clergymen emulated him.

From a more theological perspective:

Priests aren’t negative symbols, they’re not “prohibited” from something, they are rather geared or given to another. It is not that their celibacy is a privation, its actually a marriage to Christ. They make the future present before our eyes by symbolizing the world we hope to live in when the Lord’s Kingdom comes. We know that through them the Lord nourishes and governs his Church. It is not simply a calling to reject marriage but to actually embrace it. Priesthood is always a scandal; one of true love and heroic self-giving. Whenever people consider priesthood from a worldly standpoint, it seems to be a “running away” from the responsibility of marriage or a rejection of love. But how can a person possibly survive the priesthood if he isn’t a person of love and sacrifice? Who else makes the bond of marriage more “romantic” and more alive than the priest whose very life speaks volumes of the indissolubility of the sacraments of Order and matrimony. He is another Christ, from whom all the sacraments spring.

A priest is a symbol of Christ, of all the sacraments. It is a gift of love and a symbol of the future. The priesthood isn’t for the lazy or the selfish, it is for the courageous, for people of faith, of hope and of intense love.





210 comments

  1. John P Moskal Reply

    1 Timothy 3:1 It is a faithful saying: if a man desires the episcopate, he desires a good work. 2 Therefore, it is necessary for a bishop to be beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, gracious, chaste, hospitable, a teacher, 3 not a drunkard, not combative but restrained, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 but a man who leads his own house well, having children who are subordinate with all chastity. 5 For if a man does not know how to lead his own house, how will he take care of the Church of God? 6 He must not be a new convert, lest, being elated by pride, he may fall under the sentence of the devil. 7 And it is necessary for him also to have good testimony from those who are outside, so that he may not fall into disrepute and the snare of the devil.

    1. John P Moskal Reply

      Scripture was quoted and I replied with Scripture.

    2. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      I believe Paul refers here to ‘bishops’ as leaders of the early Christian church…these are qualifications of men in order to become leaders of the church.

      1. Patrick Reply

        Listen friends, not the the so called priests don’t want to marry. No. They are NOT ALLOWED according to the false doctrine of catholic and not according to the BIBLE. Can you give me just one scripture that PREVENTS priests or people from marryin? If anyone can provide me a scripture, I will follow abandon my faith.

        1. Franklin P. Uroda Reply

          Hey, priests not marrying is not a “Doctrine” of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s a clerical policy (“discipline of celibacy”) that’s been in place for about 1000 years. It sets those men apart; they’re not to conduct their lives like the vast majority of men. They are not allowed to have certain good things, for instance: families (wives and children). It’s also a crass, economic ($$$) situation: family means attending to one’s wife and children-home, school, medical necessities, insurance, etc., although I’ve known many priests who’ve attended to the families of other people, taken care that their children were looked out for and that they received proper medical treatment. Our big, established Roman Catholic Church looks like it has a ton of money, but really, listening to bishops and priests, we’re poor. Yeah, tell that to the big $$ recipients in the suits that those miserable priests (God it hurts even to give them the name by which Jesus is known) brought down on all our shamed Roman Catholic heads.

          1. akaramis

            Actually, an ecumenical council banned ordained men from marrying again. Those men ordained whilst unmarried thus remained so. That puts 1700 years of celibacy in the orders of Deacon, Priest, and Bishop.
            Prior, the general rule was that only an already married man would be ordained, and that a deacon, priest, or bishop would not remarry if widowed. THis was the decree of the assembled bishops of the known world at the time, including several direct students of the Apostles. The not ordaining married men into the clergy was the novelty of the Roman Church; still, there were married deacons and priests for many years following. And there have been married men ordained deacons and priests within the Catholic Communion the whole time… in the Maronite church. As the Maronites moved away from that, other groups came back into union from the Byzantine Communion, and again, retained the ordination of already married men to the deaconate, and of married deacons to the presbyterate (priesthood).

        2. ZOS Reply

          1Cor7:9 – But if they do not have self-control, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to be inflamed with passion.
          1Tim4:1-3 – however, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron. They FORBID MARRIAGE and command people to abstain from foods that God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth

          1. kingsmatter

            Well said. The bible is God’s word. Listen to it rather than to those who don’t encourage you to do so. Forbidding to marry is indeed a teaching of demons.
            I can remember not being allowed to eat meat as a child or I would go to purgatory. Where is that mentioned in the bible? Another demon teaching. I know the church has relaxed their view on this, but what pain and suffering families went through thinking their loved ones were in purgatory.
            Don’t follow the doctrine of men! Don’t repeat the same prayers over and over. Don’t agree with making saints. Only God and Jesus know who are chosen for heavenly life to rule as kings and priests. Man is imperfect.

        3. kim Reply

          Concerning Married Life

          7 Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

          8 Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

          10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

          12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

          15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
          Concerning Change of Status

          17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.

          21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
          Concerning the Unmarried

          25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

          29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

          32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

          36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong[b] and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.[c]

          39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

        4. Maronita Reply

          In some rites of the Catholic Church priests are ALLOWED to marry! Maronite Catholic men can become ordained a priest in the Maronite Catholic Church (In Massachusetts in 2014 or 2015 a married man was ordained a Maronite CATHOLIC priest). Maronite men in the USA generally do marry as the USA is primarily a Latin Rite Catholic Church and therefore generally forego marriage like the Latin Rite Catholics, however in all other countries Maronite men are permitted to marry before ordination. I personally agree with the stance of a celibate priesthood as you can not give yourself totally to God and totally to family one must give at times. I think there would be to many divorces if priests were permitted to marry. The wife might become jealous that her husband spends so much time with others (counseling them) and the majority of those counseled I’m sure are women.

        5. Peter Reply

          Matthew CH 19:12. Some did not marry for kingdom of God sake.read your Bible careful without sentiment.

        6. Tessy Reply

          Patrick the Bible says if a man wishes to Mary let him Mary and if a man wishes not to Mary let him remain single. Check your Bible cor 18vs 10

        7. Joe U. Reply

          Catholic priests do not marry because, while Christ does indeed approve of marriage for the Christian clergy, He much prefers that they do not marry.  He made this quite clear when He praised the Apostles for giving up “all” to follow Him, saying, “And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting.”  (Matt. 19:27-29).  The Apostle Paul explained why the unmarried state is preferable to the married state for the Christian clergy:  “He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God.  But he that is with a wife, is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife:  and he is divided.”  (1 Cor. 7:32-33).  In other words, matrimony is good –  Christ made it one of the holy sacraments of His Church –  but it is not conducive to that complete dedication which is incumbent upon those who submit themselves to another of Christ’s holy sacraments –  that of Holy Orders.  Even so, the unmarried state of the Catholic priesthood is not an inflexible law –  under certain conditions a priest may be dispensed from this law.

    3. Donwong Reply

      Paul was unmarried & single also

      1. Michael Dye Reply

        peter was married,and its a historical fact that clergy were married,the orthodox have a married clergy and so do eastern rite catholic(under popes authority).so abandont celibacy,thats one way too heal the break between two vary catholic and orthdox churches

        1. Fr. Joseph Reply

          St. Peter was a widower at the time he was chosen as a disciple. As a result St. Peter’s marital status does not support your argument in favor of married clergy.

          1. noone@aol

            Really, Fr. Joseph? Where did you find such information?

          2. Clive Munday

            St. Paul refers to St. Peter’s practice of taking his wife along with him. 1 Corinthians 9:5 (where “Cephas” is Peter – see John 1:42).

          3. Marie Nazarene

            I pray the Holy Spirit guides Pope Francis.Our clergy is aging;the new priestly vocations are few.My pariss ot 2000 members has only one aging priest

          4. ken

            Peter was a widower at the time he was chosen as a disciple?? where scripture in the bible can we find that?

          5. Joseph Esquivel (@JosephEsquivel7)

            Well how can you prove that his wife was alive at the time of his discipleship, she’s not mentioned anywhere and only his mother-in-law is mentioned but not his wife. By the same manner we know Joseph died because he was never mentioned after Jesus’ childhood and the custom at the time would still have had Peter caring for his mother, especially if he was widower and she was then childless.

          6. Albert Chai

            Jesus chose Peter as disciple in His first year of ministry in John 1. Peter was a married man and not a widower. In Matthew 8 verse 14, it was in the 2nd year of His ministry, Jesus along with His disciples including Peter went to Peter’s house and found that his mother in law was sick. And Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law.

          7. Suren M

            St. Peter was a widower ??? you got that from a catholic book? probably title of that would have been “Catholicism for dummies”..

            Because the bible does not agree with you…

            Matthew 8:14(KJV)

            14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

            1 Corinthians 9:5(KJV)

            5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

          8. kingsmatter

            No but in the Catholic Edition RSV, the writings of the apostle Paul to Timothy state in chapter 3 of 1Timothy state the requirements for bishops and in chapter 4 say that in later times some will depart from the faith because of the teaching of demons, listing forbidding to marry as one of these things along with forbidding to eat of certain foods. Can you explain where the church got the idea we weren’t to eat meat on a Friday or we would go to purgatory? I know the church has relaxed that thought but what about the fear and suffering that teaching caused. Many thought they had to have prayers said (for money of course) to have these ones released from this state. What a horrible, horrible teaching!

        2. emily ward Reply

          That is vey interesting , Michiael because was it Peter who was the first pope? Or have I got it wrong.

          1. Fr. Joseph

            Abandoning celibacy would be abandoning the teaching of Jesus and St. Paul who both recommended celibacy for priests. 22 of the 23 Rites of the Catholic Church allow married priests and the other Rite the Latin Rite allows married priests under particular circumstances. It seems entirely proper to me according to Scripture and the tradition of the Church. God bless!

            In Christ
            Fr. Joseph

          2. Fr. Joseph

            St. Peter was a widower when he was chosen as a disciple and never subsequently married. God bless!

            In Christ
            Fr. Joseph

          3. Truth Hurts

            Oh how the blind try to justify what is not. Read on sheeple. Priesthood / Mandatory Celibacy – The two are usually equated, but they are not the same. Good physicians are still good physicians – whether they are single or married. For the first fourteen centuries of our Church’s history, priests, bishops, and 39 popes were married. Married priests and celibate priests worked side by side in service to the people of God. The majority of the celibate priests were monks. A string of worldly medieval popes worked to impose mandatory celibacy on the priesthood in order to centralize political power in Rome and seize the land of the married priest families throughout Europe. They succeeded at the Second Lateran Council in 1139. Married priests were forced to choose between their families and the priesthood they so loved. It has almost been forgotten that the married priesthood is the original and traditional priesthood of our Roman Catholic Church.

            Also, for those with their heads in their rears, here is this! There are about 80 such Catholic priests in America, says the Rev. D. Paul Sullins, a sociologist at Catholic University in Washington.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/us/married-roman-catholic-priests-are-testing-a-tradition.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

            I would rather get marriage advice and counseling from a Married Priest than a celibate one. Much like I would go to a butcher for a cut of meat, and not the rancher.

          4. James

            Well Said… right now there is resistance to change as they who are in charge feel like it is their club and their rules.. and they don’t want to change while they are alive…. they want everyone to be miserable

        3. Jolly Robert Reply

          stop commenting , the one who follows Jesus should deny everything like a Priest…

        4. DKBM Reply

          During the time of St. Peter, there were no pronouncements whether or not a man must be celibate or not in order for him to be ordained. Nowadays, we have this requirement but those who want to become Latin rite Catholic priests know beforehand that if they choose priesthood then marriage will be impossible. Latin rite Catholic priests chose to be ordained than to be married. They are not forced to do it. It is their CHOICE. Can’t we just see this as a sacrifice for the glory of God? They remained celibate so that they can be transfered from parish to parish, can conduct missions and charitable acts to places which are almost unreachable. They remained celibate so that they can live for God and for the Church. They remained celibate so that they can focus their attention in pleasing God in contrast to the married men who are always concerned in pleasing their wives. Do you think a priest can celebrate Mass hour after hour during Sundays and days of obligation and stay inside the confessional for long hours if he has a wife who wants his attention and a child who cries at night? Do you think he cannot think of money if he has a son who is taking up medicine for example? Do not compare Latin rite priests to Eastern rite priests because they have different cultures and situations, though they are both in full communion with Rome (the Church is a hotpot of cultures and sacred traditions). Moreover, do not compare the Catholic priests with the Orthodox priests. Those are two different Churches.

        5. madhuri maria thota Reply

          I think before talking about st. Peter , are we worth talking. If he was nt there, n other priests, priesthood were nt there then Wt would be our position now. Peter was great, left all for Jesus, his family, relatives, lived strong for Jesus, nt for his family r for relatives. Went gave baptism, holy communion, built church , n lead many others. His faith is that strong that only he darely spoke that Jesus is son of living God. Why peter was chosen to be rock. Why u r nt me… Because u r me won’t leave job , treasures , family for Jesus… Think well.. Its common sense nt to talk wrong about church n peter n mary

        6. Ann Reply

          Not all eastern rite Catholic marry.

        7. thebaronessvonkorf Reply

          I have another example in the Roman Rite: With special dispensation from the pope, at this time, men who are married and are seeking ordination to priesthood can either go through the Pastoral Permission ( Propagated by St. JP II in 1983) , or through one of the 3 ordinariates (Propagated by Benedict XVI ithrough Anglicanorum coetibus in 2009 )

    4. messenger of god Reply

      1 timothy 4:3

      1. Fr. Joseph Reply

        The Church has never and never will forbid anyone to marry. Celibacy is a self imposed discipline recommended by Jesus and St. Paul that many are called to endure.

        1. emily ward Reply

          Did not Jesus say, he would rather his followers not be burdened by such ties, unless they are burning with desire, then they should marry? And if it is not forbidden and celibacy in self willed, why, as it says in one of the comments in another part of this discussion, are the priest then punished and no longer able to be in the service of God, when other clergy are allowed to have been married or widowed prior to becoming a priest? Sure, I know that the R C Priest vow from before becoming priest, however, It is certain that at that time they would have had every intention of keeping those vows, yet are we not all aware that love can approach even a priest, and , is love not a gift from God? Surely , it might be a good thing to have another dimension to this part of the priesthood, so that good priest are not lost, through the desire of wanting to have a help mate(wife) There should always be high priests who are willing to stay celibate and free, yet when I hear that the list of those wanting to become priest is getting shorter, it makes me really sad. It is truly an honour to be a priest of that level, and not an easy decision. I would hate to see this gone, yet I have to wonder , what can be done to encourage young men into this with out making them feel that they have no free will or choices about their future, once committed. Of course there will always be some that will take that opportunity, though the genuine would stay of their own choice, anyway. Does this make any sense?
          to bee afraid of no longer being a servant to God in any way, is a bit too emotionally challenged.

          1. Migs

            Because it is their vow not marry that is why they are removed from there position. Vows in Catholic Church is a covenant. So if you break your vow, you break the covenant. It is just like marriage vow. Celibacy is a discipline for the priest. Roman Catholic priest are always on the move. So it will be difficult for their family’s to be in those situation. It will just possibly result to a broken family. Roman Catholic Priest are married to the community. And so is Jesus married to the Church. Anyhow, It was recommended by Christ and Paul to be celibate in service to God. So who are you to counter it.

          2. Patrick

            With yur doctrine yu force a priest not to marry. That is the difference, where you make a doctrine and enforced on the poor innocent guys. It’s Catholic church false doctrin, not in the Bible to impose on anyone who want to serve.

            They also call these priests fathers while the says call no man Father except God. And the pope and his false annointed ones called themselves fathers. They even add holy to thier names. They are filthy fathers and popes, says the Bible. Only God is holy. If only God is holy then who are we the rest of the world? filthy in the sight of God. The rest of world are filthy, only God is holy. Whoever you are, the says the Bible, you are filthy. So popes, fathers, mothers, sisters, uncles, pastors, preachers, whoever you, the Bible says you are filthy. Christ came for filthy and poor people and not so called holy people.

        2. John Hallman Reply

          But FR. Joseph, if someone marries, then they aren’t a priest, correct? Doesn’t the Roman Catholic Church require its priests to be unmarried?

          There is nothing Biblical about priests not marrying (or about priests for that matter) but it is a personal decision.

          1. Luis Villena

            Aaron and his sons were priests of God, the Most High.

          2. Fr. Joseph

            Both Jesus and St. Paul recommended celibacy for priests. If a priest breaks his vow to God of celibacy he can no longer continue as a priest. The Church takes such vows seriously and breaking them results in lacitizing the priest who offended. Men that become priests that are already married have made no such vow and have not violated Canon law. Thee are many married priests in the Catholic Church that come from the ministries of the Anglican-Episcopal Church, Lutheran and other Protestant disciplines. God bless!

            In Christ
            Fr. Joseph

          3. James

            So what is the hang up with Ordaining married Catholic men?

        3. Ron Reply

          Sorry…thats incorrect. The first written mandate requiring priests to be chaste came in AD 304. Canon 33 of the Council of Elvira stated that all”bishops, presbyters, and deacons and all other clerics” were to”abstain completely from their wives and not to have children.” A short time later, in 325, the Council of Nicea, convened by Constantine, rejected a ban on priests marrying requested by Spanish clerics. The reason for this MAN made decision was to keep priests from having children and thus unable to inheret possessions of the church. Purgatory similarly was created by MEN to create more wealth for the church…simple as that

        4. wamala william Reply

          Woooooooooh thanks fr Joseph everything you have written is true i also wanted to become a priest but unfortunately i was told to wait but thanks.

    5. Isabel Flores Reply

      Sometimes, I wonder, why God asked Moses, a married man with children, to go to Egypt. Isn’t that true that, for thousands of years priests were married. Jesus never said that the problem with the priests was their marriages. In fact, after Jesus Christ, Christian bishops and priests were supposed to be married. Some of the apostles were married. Nevertheless, they were called by Jesus himself. Saint Paul said that it was optional to be a single or a married person. I am a concerned Catholic. I wonder why humans have changed what God and Jesus found appropriate.

    6. Louis Joy Reply

      some comments to this link that are included within it show a great deal of ignorance on the part of some concerning the Catholic discipline.
      It is simply a discipline and not a doctrine. Many Catholic Priest are in fact married in both the East and West.

      What does it mean to forbid marriage? It means that a person is not allowed to marry, even if they feel it is their vocation to marry. Does the Catholic Church do this? No. In the rites of the Church that require celibacy among the clergy, these individuals are not forbidden to marry, but must make the discussion whether their vocation is to be a celibate cleric, or a married laymen. If this person makes a mistake, and later determines that their vocation is not as a celibate cleric, but as a married laymen, the Church will grant a dispensation, and this individual is allowed to leave the clergy and become married. This does not work the other way around; the Church does not forbid marriage, but it does forbid divorce.

      The following Biblical Texts will absolutely support the Catholic and Biblical position regarding celibacy in the Priesthood.
      In (1 Corinthians 7:32-33)- St. Paul exhorts– I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs – how can he please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world – how he can please his wife – and his interests are divided.
      In (Matthew 19:1-12)- there is the teaching of Jesus regarding divorce. Here the disciples ask Jesus,
      Is it better not to marry?

      Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of God. The one who could accept this should accept this.” ( Matthew 19:11 )

      In the book of (Revelation 14:1-5)- Scripture states
      The 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth, are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure.

      The King James Bible called them virgins who follow the Lamb. In the Early Church Fathers’ writings, they refer to these followers of Christ as those who had led a life of celibacy.

      See (Matthew 19:16-30)– the parable of the rich young man! Look at the words of St. Peter in regards to following Christ in verse twenty-seven! The King James Version states–
      Behold we have forsaken all and followed thee. Forsaken all means they left all earthly things.
      The NIV states, We have left everything to follow you!
      Read (Luke 18:29-30). Sacred Scripture gives reference that commitment must be to the Lord. Jesus exhorts
      That no one who has left home or wife or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and the age to come, eternal life.
      St. Peter’s interests were divided, he chose Christ first!
      In (Jeremiah 16:1-2)– Jeremiah is told by God,
      Do not marry any woman; you shall not have sons or daughters in this place… (Isaiah 56:4)– gives magnificent evidence in reference to the Lord’s words regarding the eunuchs who keep the Lord’s Sabbath, who chose things that please the Lord and keep his covenant.
      The following people led a life of celibacy: Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, St. Paul, and Jeremiah. Were they in violation of God’s law because they led a life of celibacy?

      1. Jolanta Reply

        Absolutely agree with you. The church would loose a lot if priests are allowed to marry. Our times are too sexualised. The deepest human dimension is forgotten of which priests are witnesses.

  2. james Reply

    This absolute reasoning does not apply to priests who were married prior to becoming one, which is allowed by the Catholic Church in certain instances like a priest from another Christian denomination or a widower. They possess the burdens that this article tried so hard to give as an excuse for priests not to marry. The truth may never be known, but Christ never said outright that his reps here on Earth should remain celibate. This is why the Church can make certain exceptions no matter what scriptures you quote.

    1. Fr. Joseph Reply

      Indeed James. The Church has been ordaining married clergy since John Paul II. These married men were ordained ministers in the Anglipan Epicopal Church , the Lutheran Church and the Moravian Church before becoming priests. The reason that priests cannot marry is because they have made a vow of celibacy which cannot be broken as recommended by Jesus and St. Paul.

      1. James Boik Reply

        So here is the problem. Of all the arguments put forth in the answer that priest can’t be married none of them are of any value since for the first 1000 years the church allowed for married priest. The church is ordaining men today who are married and their reasoning is that it wasn’t their fault since they were in another Christian faith. What a stupid argument. Either you can or can’t preform the duties and everyone knows that married life doesn’t limit ones ability to preform the duties necessary for the priesthood

      2. kingsmatter Reply

        Their vow of chastity involves being free from paedophilia too. Why have the priests not been sent packing from the church? Marriage may alleviate some of these horrendous crimes. Popes of the past have killed off family members, made alliances with Hitler, and have amassed untold wealth for the church. What good is this gold etc, when kept in the Vatican? How many people would this help? Jesus said, ” don’t go on storing up treasures here on earth.” Can you imagine him behaving as the popes do? He threw the money changers out of the temple. He didn’t want the church to make money out of the people.

    2. emily ward Reply

      Thank you James, very enlightening. I am learning a lot from this web site.

    3. madhuri maria thota Reply

      You could read Matthew 8:18-22, to follow r to become. His disciple they must leave everything and follow him.. Family .. N that’s what priest n nuns do. They love all equally co priest, nuns, parish members n others. .. I have seen protestants cursing priests but haven’t reverse.

  3. michaeltharhtoo Reply

    Yeah, I agree to the article; but there are some priests who don’t get married and have secret wives; I have seen many priests in my hometown. I don’t insult the priests. And I am thinking that why after one priest is ordained, his family gets rich. I don’t know why. And of course, they don’t bring or go with their families, they just support when they move to other dioceses, and so on and so forth. There are many priests I have seen and I don’t want to talk about them either because I am a Catholic laity.
    I want to talk about all these experiences.

    1. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      We are all sinners. We have all fallen short of the mercy and love of God. The priests, not even the pope, are exempted from this basic truth. The church will never be perfect…but God (in His faithfulness) sustains us and continues to make his love available for us through the Church–in spite of the shortcomings of men. After all, this is not a church of men, this is the Church of God.

      1. Pearl Peter Reply

        well said Paul I totally agree to what and how u feel We as followers of Christ, be it from any denomination should only focus our attention on Him and his teachings and preaching we should see that his word is spread to the ends to the earth and that a day soon comes that every knee bows and every tongue confesses that Christ is Lord and Saviour

      2. estong bicol Reply

        If you concede that all men are sinners, then why is it that the Pope is hailed as infallible? or without fault?

        1. DKBM Reply

          Seems like you think that infallibility and sinlessness are the same. Popes are sinners, from St. Peter the Apostle to His Holliness Francis and even to the popes who will succeed our present pope. Remember that St. Peter denied Jesus thrice, Pope St. John XXIII and Pope Paul VI (St. John XXIII’s successor) confessed weekly. They even had the same confessor, a Jesuit priest if I am not mistaken. Pope St. John Paul II also confessed weekly. Pope Francis is the first pope known to confess in public. His Holliness did this before hearing confessions himself. Why would popes confess, even weekly, if infallibility is the same with sinlessness? Aren’t these sufficient to prove that popes are sinners like all of us here? The pope is also an ordained priest; he celebrates Mass. During Mass, the presider even leads the people in asking the Lord’s forgiveness. It happens before the Gloria is sung (as the priest says, “so that WE may rightfully participate in this sacrifice”). I’m sure the pope also does this every time he celebrates the Holy Mass. Papal infallibility only means that the pope cannot make mistakes when it comes to teaching the faithful on matters of faith (i.e. cathechisms, dogmas and doctrines) because as the Vicar of Christ, he is constantly guided by God the Holy Spirit and it is God Who preserves the pope from errors on matters of the Catholic Faith. In conclusion, the pope is INFALLIBLE but like all of us, His Holiness is a SINNER! He needs forgiveness like you, like me, like every human being.

        2. Jim Reply

          I think the infallibility part is in matters pertaining to matters of the Roman Catholic Church, which by the way is only one part of Christianity

    2. isaak Reply

      Yes the same in my home country the priest of Catholic have hidden wives but big don’t need to expose them I give them to God for judges

  4. hj Reply

    Elephant in the room, anyone?

  5. Ellen Jones Reply

    I have written a book recently on this topic…although a fiction story, I believe it can lead one to ponder this very personal issue. The book is called The Healing Tree; a journey to God’s Love. it is available on-line at Amazon or barnes and Noble

  6. Tina Reply

    I dont know where to start as this is a very sensetive topic,i would be happy if catholic priest were allowed to marry like COE priest. This might help stop all the abuse of boys and other church goers weman who date priest . God said he made a man and a woman to be together what does this tell us if priest are not allowed to marry, and suffer there are human there have feelings like us. The catholic policy has to change and we will all be happy as this poor priest suffer not forgetting nuns too

    1. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      …there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 19:12

      Please read the 1st paragraph again. It says a lot about practical things concerning the possibility of having married priests. This is not a matter of right and wrong…think of it as matter of practicality. 🙂

      1. Elizabeth Reply

        God give everyone a free will.

        1. emily ward Reply

          God gives free will, Man does not

          1. Islandpride09

            No one is forced to become priests.. any one joining to become a priest they know before hand that celibacy is a REQUIREMENT so its useless trying to whine about it after their vows, the vow is binding as long as they remain priests, so while they are in the seminary they can always choose if they want to be ordained as priests or not. it’s their choice…. even the Buddhist clergy live celibate lives, still to hear any one of them wanting to marry after their vows.. I guess they take their vows more seriously than some of our priests do.. Matthew 19:10-12 -Still others have decided to be celibate because of the kingdom of heaven..

      2. Cy Buehler Reply

        The first paragraph also states the difficulty of frequent moves. Look at the military to see where this is a poor argument. I spent 30 years in the Navy, had 18 moves, 7 children and now have 11 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. Love everyone of them and you might say proud too.

        1. James Boik Reply

          Yes that is another argument that has no merit. I did 21 years in the Marine Corps and was gone all the time. Still married. Still did my job. It comes down to couples making sacrifices and doing ones duty!! Police, fire and military all do these things. State Police are moved every three years. Their families like the military are uprooted all the time.

          1. Joe Villena

            I was already married when ordained to the priesthood. My late wife who was a registered nurse accompanied me wherever my ministry required me to be. We got a prantic call from a close associate in the middle of the night as the husband was in the emergency room because of unfortunate accident. In matter of minutes my wife and I was on the Freeway doing 80 to 90 mph. I got pulled over, but the husband recovers. Thank God!

        2. Deborah M. Lancaster Reply

          This is my first time on “Catholic Say” chat board. This is very enlightening to read these discussions! I have been a “Cradle Roman Catholic” most of my life. When I was in my mid fifties I had a religious crisis which shooked my faith greatly. In my city (St. Louis) many long standing Roman Catholic Churches were closed due to dwindling members (due to moving out to west and south St. Louis counties, deaths, and non-active members) My church was a very viable church and very active in the community. It was built in the early 1900s and had a capacity of more than 2000 seats and an additional 200 standing room only. Every Sunday all seats were filled and more besides. A very healthy parish! My parents, siblings, and myself moved to this parish (St. Rose of Lima) in1950s when I entered into the 3rd. Grade from another Roman Catholic parish(Holy Ghost Parish), because we moved from out of my paternal grandparents two family flat from the De Ville area of the city to a wonderful 6BRs plus living room, dining room, big kitchen, 2bathrooms, and a large basement home in the area of the city known as the West End. I was one of eventually 10 children and two parents. Anyway, we attended St. Rose of Lima Parish Church and elementary school thru the 8th grade and on to other Roman Catholic secondary schools to completion and to continue going to the parish church up until mid 1990s when we were informed that the St Louis Archdioceses was closing it due to, as we were told at the time, low members. Though we were not always completely filled to capacity by the 90’s, we still had more than 900 active wonderful members! In the inner urban city we went from 128 Parishes down to less than 50. It is one thing to move from one parish to another because of change of residences, but it is another to have the parish close down on you and you had no say in it. Many of the parishes went from predominantly white to predominantly black Roman Catholic parishes over the years. But we loved our parish church and we had our services and all our members were good tithes and were active in our church ministries. The school was closed first and then the church. We found out later that we were closed not because of low numbers but because the Archdiocese was in a 6 million dollars debt hole and could not maintain most of the parishes in the city and some in the metropolitan St. Louis county area. The debt was caused by the misuse of diocese funds which was secretly used to pay off families whose children and grown adults were abused by abominable sexual behaviors by certain dicesan priests. One of the priests happen to be one, who was defrocked and prosecuted and jailed that was a former elementary school classmate of mine. Because of this shocking scandal within the Archdiocese, many of us were very upset to lose our parish church.this way. It ruin my going to Mass for quite a while. Every time I went to Mass, I be wondering if the priest doing the service was an abusive priest. Could not focus on the Sacred Mass for a long time.Some of us tried to go to other parishes that were still open; but no sooner than we get to one , it eventually was closed. By the time the 9th. Parish was closed around me I stopped going to church for a couple of year for I was devastated. I even moved out to the county hoping that I would be able to find a home parish but two churches closed down on me. I thought I was a jinxing the catholic parish. Many of my friends felt As I did and left the Catholic Church and went to other denominations. I went to Baptiist churches, seventh day Adventist churches,and Latter day of Saints churches. It took me several years to get over the shocked and depression of losing so may parishes that were close to me to go to because I became disable and could not drive to the basilic parish for I did not live close to it. It was the Mormon Church that brought me back to my CHRISTIAN Faith. I was almost an agnostic for I had stopped altogether going to church. The Latter Day Saints missionaries had stopped at my home one day and knocked on my door of my house in Univ. City, St. Louis County. There were 4 of them in black suits and white shirts and colorful ties! They asked if I went to church and I said NO!!! And I wasn’t about to!!! So, they asked if I want to know about Jesus?? I almost laughed in their faces! I said I already knew everything about CHRIST and I just didn’t want to go to church, EVER!!! Thank them very much, told them I used to be an active Roman Catholic but no more and slammed the door in their faces!! I was SO bitter back then in the late 90’s. I thought they would be mad and discouraged and never return since I closed the door on them.!! BUT, instead they kept coming back, once a week saying they had notice that I had an elderly person in my home and if I needed any help. It was my Mother they met and on one of their visits they saw I was struggling in trying to help my mother down the steps because she was disabled from a stroke. I was trying to get her in a cab to take her her radiation treatments for her brain tumor.I thought it was a kind gesture but I could manage and did not need any help! I thought they were being nosy. Anyway, they kept coming back and saying hello and offering to do kind acts for me and my mother. Each time they came back they kept telling short JESUS stories in conversations to me among other topics of discussion. Finally, I asked them what type of Christian Church did they go to. They told me they went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Dsy Saints. I had never heard of that church before and then they said I may know them by their nickname; The Mormon Church. They explained that the name was the title of the extra holy scriptures they believe in along with the King James Version Holy Bible. I said that name was familiar because for years I used to religiously listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir every Sunday on T.V. Before they stopped showing the program. I loved that choir!! They asked me if I like to know how the Mormon Church became established? I was piqued and my curiosity got the best of me and I said yes, The 4 missionaries then began to tell me the history on how the Mormon Church began. The more they told me, the more questions I asked. Then, they asked if I wanted to come as a guest to one of their churches? I was Leary at first because I was so disappointed with the Catholic Church and Archdiocese of St. Louis and how they soured me on going to Mass. So, they said they would loved to have come as their guest if I change my mind. They gave me their missionary welcome cards pleasantly said goodbye and hoped to hear from me.Several weeks later they came back for a visit and by this time I was used to them coming by. I was getting home from the grocery store and they helped me carry in my groceries and put them away for me while I fix some lunch for my mother and for them also. Each time they came to visit I asked them more questions about their church. Finally, they asked me again about visiting their church, and this time I said yes because I wanted to see how they said Mass. Their church call it sacrament services. I was surprised that their. Hur h was far from my home. Just four blocks away and easy walking distance. The next Sunday they came in a car and I arranged for a nurse to stay with my mother and I left with them. The service was like other Protestant services I had experienced in the Baptist Church and Seventh Day Adventist Church.I was introduced to other Mormon members before service started and was warmly welcome. Since I had not been in several years To Mass I liked how I was accepted with sincere warmth without any stiffness and standoffishness. Their Priest was called the President or Bishop and their two deacon like helpers were called counsellors. The congregation was welcomed and there was an opening prayer to the service and an opening hymn. Then church business was told, like who were going to be baptized and confirmed, who were being called to church ministries within the church itself and who were being released from church ministries and upcoming church events.Then, there was a sacrament service, like Communion service at Mass; except their sacrament was blessed white or wheat sliced bread pieces instead of a sacramental host and individually small dram cups of water for the wine. Mormons do not believe in imbibing in alcohol or tea or coffee; no stimulant – like drink nor illicit drug taking.Their altar boys are called Aaronic Priesthood Brothers and Melchisedek Priesthood Elders and they pass out the sacramental bread pieces that are blessed and the blessed little water dram cups. Then, there are speakers who have inspired topics to be spoken to the members by specially picked men or women by the President or Bishop for that Sunday service,then a congregational hymn between each speaker; usually there are two speakers is sung by all. Then the people who were picked to speak are thanked by the Bishop and the musician, missionaries, and Priesthood are thanked for reverently giving out the sacramental bread and water. The closing hymn is sung and the Bishop picks someone to give the closing prayer and service is over. now, there are some big differences in the Mormons worship service; all their clergy are hand blessed clergy , but not paid and specially ordained clergy. Everyone in the blessed clergy are volunteers in their services and ministries. Mormons believe everyone should be self sufficient and independent as best as they are able. For those who are unable to work outside church and hold a job or occupational profession, they are assisted through church food welfare and social ministries within the church or thru the public community social services. Mormons believe in following and truly living the TEN COMMANDMENTS, and following and truly living the THIRTEEN ARTICLES OF FAITH, living THE WORD OF WISDOM(healthy foods and drinks, taking only prescribed medications, no smoking or illicit drug taking or stimulants, modest and appropriately clean clothes , shoes , jewelry , length and cut of hair, etc.), Reading daily HOLY SCRIPTURES(THE BOOK OF MORMON, DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, PEARL OF GREAT PRICE AND THE HOLY BIBLE), going to Mormon Church Services and attending the Holy MormonTemples as often as possible, attending Stake Conferences, Women Conferences, and General Conferences twice a year and carrying out your callings or ministries whenever possible. I liked visiting their neighborhood church so much because of there sincere and warm welcome that I eventually returned to my CHRISTIAN Faith and repented of my apathy and apostasy and sins and rebaptized I realized that I was blaming God for what happen within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and it was not
          His fault. It was the Fault of sinful clergy and I had to forgive them. If it was not for the Mormon Missionaries coming to my home, I would have totally lost my faith. I am going not to worship the priests that were doing the church services, but going to worship God, my Heavenly Father, JESUS CHRIST, MY LORD AND SAVIOR, SON OF GOD, AND THE COMFORTER, THE HOLY SPIRIT. Once I got that straight I was able to go back to church and no matter what happens, I will never stopped going to church ever again. I can always go to God for anything and everything that happens in my life. I have become born again Christian and have given my life back again to JESUS for He is The Truth, The Light, and The Way! Halleluia and Amen!!! Thank you Jesus!!!

          1. Madhuri

            Thank u for sharing a false story. Hoew old are you. U might be a moromo church person. To be famous posting all ur cock n bull story. Sorry to say but i speak truth. Reading it , it clearly says its u made a story. NAme the priest who sxeually harrased, and why he was thrown out of priesthood. One did n pointed all Priests. And then u left n liked this blahh blaahh church. HAve some sense while sharing a story. I see pastors how they shout, n hipnotise people for money. pastor is born from no where with no money but i cnt understand when n how he n his family become rich. All a sudden. Stop pointing out sir. Have some shame u people.

    2. Pammy Reply

      The Catholic Church was the original Church founded by Jesus’ disciples…. The dogma & rules are the oldest around…Church of England however was founded on a spoilt King’s desire to divorce & remarry on a whim… Only to go on & kill his wives & repeat the cycle. His subjects were forced to convert to Anglicans or be executed for treason …this is where the great Catholic saint Thomas more was martyred for his Catholic faith. There us no comparison. Some things should be traditional.

      1. Elizabeth Reply

        Pemmy. I think you should read the Bible. In the bible clearly states, Jesus started Christian religion… Not per say Catholic religion.

        1. Shaji Oommen Reply

          I just want to clarify certain points , only the catholic priests are not allowed to marry, the Anglicans , the salvation army, the seventh day adventists , marthomites, the pentecosts are all given permission to marry and most of them do , with the exemption of few orthodox. With due respect to all faithful followers, you should not take for granted that only the Catholic church is the supreme head of all churches. Jesus Christ started christian faith

        2. Edward A. Hara Reply

          I think YOU should read some Church history. Jesus came to the congregation of God’s people, also known as “the Church.” (Edah in Hebrew, Eklesia in Greek). The congregation of God’s people was in existence before our Lord’s Incarnation.

          When the Jews rejected Him, He fulfilled the Scriptures, introduced the New Covenant, and became the eternal high priest (Hebrews 7-10). The congregation, which before then had been distinctly Jewish, now became “katholicos” (Catholic). Do you know what that word means? It means universal, and it speaks to the all inclusive nature of the faith given to the Apostles, and also to the fact that unlike the chaos in Protestantism, wherever you go in the Catholic world, you will find the same teaching and doctrines.

        3. Louise Reply

          Jesus founded the Catholic religion. “Catholic” means universal, encompassing all, and Christ founded but one church, the One, Holy, catholic (universal) and Apostolic Church. There is no other. All the others protested and broke off from the one, true Faith. Jesus did not say to Peter, “On this rock I will build my church(es)”, but that “I will build my Church.” Christians are believers in, and followers of, Jesus Christ.

          1. Ron

            Catholic was not the “first church”. The “first church” is the church that is recorded in the New Testament, especially in the Book of Acts and the Epistles of Paul. The New Testament church is the “original church” and the “one true church.” We can know this because it is described, in great detail, in Scripture. The church, as recorded in the New Testament, is God’s pattern and foundation for His church. On this basis, let’s examine the Roman Catholic claim that it is the “first church.” Nowhere in the New Testament will you find the “one true church” doing any of the following: praying to Mary, praying to the saints, venerating Mary, purgarory, submitting to a pope, having a select priesthood, baptizing an infant, observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as sacraments, or passing on apostolic authority to successors of the apostles. All of these are core elements of the Roman Catholic faith. If most of the core elements of the Roman Catholic Church were not practiced by the New Testament Church (the first church and one true church), how then can the Roman Catholic Church be the first church? A study of the New Testament will clearly reveal that the Roman Catholic Church is not the same church as the church that is described in the New Testament.

            Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/original-church.html#ixzz3f7SJNq6L

    3. Pearl Peter Reply

      You have a point here Tina, I too agree with You.

    4. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      SOME GUIDING VERSES TO HELP YOU WITH THIS:

      @1Cor7:32-33 The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldy affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.

      – Priests, through their holy commitments to live single for the Lord, have less (if not none) worries for worldly affairs because they have no mouths to feed…except our spiritual stomachs. That is special Grace granted to them by God, to forego of family life for the Kingdom of heaven.

      @Mat10:38-39 …he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

      – Count it not as suffering because for serious Christians, there is no greater joy than serving the Lord, our savior. He is worthy. He is the true one King worthy of our bodies, minds, strengths, our everything. To Him be the praise, glory and honor forever and ever! Amen.

      1. emily ward Reply

        Thank you, Paul, your words really touched me, and made sense, I guess all arguments put aside, if you vow to go into service to God alone, I guess that should be your life’s work

    5. dbell Reply

      Tina, Priest not being able to marry in today’s world has NOTHING to do with abuse of boys. It has to do with homosexual activity of sick men, who would probably not have been married to begin with (except possibly as a “cover”). Yes, being married MIGHT have stopped the Priest that have dated women, and women seeking to date Priest. But as the article says, the Priest then must divide his time between the Church and his family. It can be done, look at the Protestant churches and those Catholic Sects (Sects in a good way, not a negative way!!) that allow married Priest, but even then, the minister can be torn between the two needs, often giving in to one or the other, harming the other. I, personally would like to see a Priest being dedicated to the Faith and not have “another life” to try to be dedicated to! In Christ, Br. Don – Diocesan Hermit

      1. Henrico Reply

        very well said brother..We have to consider it ( PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS LIFE) really as a vocation and as a sacrifice. It is really a way of life. I for one decided to follow the Lord in this kind of life ( 13 years ago ) I entered in the seminary after my high school at the age of 17….its a choice. There is a saying which goes: “whenever you made a choice you have to be responsible for its possible consequences, whether it be positive and negative..I am a religious priest and in my congregation many of my confreres who died at the age of 90, 95, 100…really giving witness not only to us, but living the vows, prayer, simplicity..constant conversion, etc…its really a choice, and a vocation, not given to many ..many are called but few are chosen…we are called because the Lord said, ” the harvest (people) is great but the laborers are few, so pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest to send many to gather in his harvest” ( Lk. 10:2, Mt. 10:35-37)…I am proud to be a priest. please remember that a priest is not ordained because he is good, but because God is good, lovable and merciful…I love my life as a priest, I am happy to be a witness not only to my relatives but to the whole church and to the world..this is a special vocation..so please pray for us…don’t force us to get married..we should not force the will of God to happen…the will of God is the best..if a person is not meant for the priesthood, he has to opt for marriage..we have a vocation in life…in this vocation we have to be saints, be it in the married life, single blessedness, or priesthood or religious life…let us continue to pray for more holy vocations to the church…SEND O LORD, MANY AND HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH…LORD SEND ME EVEN IF I AM NOT PERFECT AND WORTHY, MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF YOUR LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS TO ALL…

        1. lorderico Reply

          well said brother….it is God who chooses his elects.. let us not forget the the saints in the past ,the martyrs who shed their blood for the catholic faith,the early church fathers, we are sorrounded by a great cloud of witnesses as Saint Paul said, who imitated our Lord Jesus Christ in an exemplary holiness…Those who chooses celibacy in a very holy and virtuous life is a great lover of God. ..it is not man that make this things possible and holy, it is by Gods grace and mercy that this men overcomes and subdue all sufferings of the flesh..they make great mortification to discipline the body, because it is in holiness that you can serve and love God.

          1. Isioma

            Let us continue to pray for our priests, so that they will not fall into temptation.

        2. Japheth Reply

          Fr #Henrico i am so much inspired of your words, i will still hold on to my faith to become a messager of God even if i am not perfect may he find atleast a thing in me to use me. For i am ever ready.

        3. Tyler lorge Reply

          FATHER HENRICO …”WOW” ALMIGHTY “GOD” WAS TRULY WITH YE IN THIS MESEGE YE POSTED ON THE TRUE FAITHFUL LIFE OF A VERY DEDECATED PRIEST ! AN HIM NOT BEING MARRIED 🙂 BUT ONLY DEDECATED 100% WITH NO DEVISION TO JUST HIM ALONE 🙂 AMEN & AMEN ++++++ <3 ++++++ I PRAY YE WILL FRIEND ME IN BROTHERHOOD IN CHRIST JESUS ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE AS I WANT TO FOLLOW YE ON POST AN GODly MESEGES ! PLEASE CONSIDER ! YOURS IN CRIST JESUS …TYLER RJ LORGE II PRATYERS TO YE DAILY FATHER AMEN * AMEN ++++++ <3 ++++++

          1. Ron

            And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Matthew 23:9

      2. Marie Reply

        I could not say it any better.

      3. Tyler lorge Reply

        dbell I BELIEVE YE ARE THE WISESETH ONE SO FAR OUT HERE! WISH MANY THOUGHT AS YE DID HERE ! VERY WISE AN KNOLEHEABLE YE ARE ! AMEN & AMEN ! AND TO EVERYONE WHO IS GOING ON SAYIING I THINK PRIEST SHOULD MARRY ??? MOST DONT WANT TO ! LEAVE THEM AL:ONE! AN AS FAR AS WANTING SEX WITH BOYS LOL LOL LOL IN THE 1980s MY GRANDPAPA SAID THEY ARRESTED 150 MEN DOWN IN LORING PARK IN MPLS , AN THEY WERE HAVING SEX WITH UNDERAGE BOYS AN SO ON ! THE POLICE ARESTED ALL AN THEY WERE BOOKED! AN OUT OF THE 150 MEN HAVING SEX WITH EVEN MINORS ALL 150 MEN WERE MARRIED AN HAD A WIFE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SEX WITH !!!!! I GUESS THIS WILL BURST YE BUBLE THAT PRIEST DO THIS BECAUSE THEY DONT HAVE WIVES LOL LOL HAVE A GREAT DAY FOLKS ! +++

        1. Jun Reply

          Exactly dbell and Tyler Iorge! In a 2009 crackdown on lewd behavior in Griffith Park, Elysian Park and Sycamore Grove in Los Angeles resuited in the arrests of 90 men having sex with other men, who all claimed to be married and heterosexual. Yes, Tyler, these news do burst Tina’s bubble that priests abuse boys because they don’t have wives.

          Cy Buehler. You have been blessed with a very loving wife. But unfortunately for many in the military, they could not say the same. Infidelity and broken families are very common.

          Bro. Don(dbell), Fr. Henrico, Paul Gerard Antonio Saret, Pammy, Vivian Burns and everyone who believes that priests should remain single, you are all an inspiration. I am just a layman and it’s not everyday that I can draw inspiration from other people’s thoughts and beliefs. Thank you to all of you. If you have channels or websites that I could follow, please add me.

        2. Dave Reply

          Men who have sexual feelings for young boys tend to go into the priesthood with the idea that by giving themselves to God the urges for young boys will be alleviated. Instead what happens is it brings them into close contact with young boys and the inevitable happens. It is not only the Roman Church where this happens. Some men even marry and become ministers/priests, again coming in contact with young boys and the urges take over and the inevitable happens. To make matters worse these people are protected by the church, moved to another parish where it starts all over again.

    6. Vivian Burns Reply

      @Tina – where did you get the idea that pederasty is the result of repressed sexuality? That is totally not true. Pedophiles are most commonly married men, and pederasts are also men who have regular sex, though more typically homosexual sex. Men who are unable to be faithful to the calling have no business presenting themselves to the priesthood as it is dishonest. Priests are married to the Church. They become spiritual fathers.

      The modern belief that sex is something that people cannot function without is a total fabrication – largely derived from Kinsey and Freud (both of whom were sexually damaged themselves) and from our demonically-manipulated mindset of today that restraint and self-sacrifice are somehow bad &/or too difficult.

      1. Fr. Joseph Reply

        Indeed, most of the sexual scandal in the Church was pederasty which is not illegal but can certainly be considered immoral. Pedophilia in the Church was only 1/2 of 1% of priests which is the lowest incidence of all clergy and makes priests the least likely of adult groups to be pedophiles. These priests guilty of pederasty created scandal in their communities and were sent to treatment and relocated. Many of them continued their pederasty and were removed from ministry.

    7. Akah Reply

      My Dear Tina. You wrote so well. I would be very happy too if priests could marry and enjoy the pleasure of being complete as a man and woman or husband and wife. But I want to ask you this question. Do you really think SOME priests abuse children( boys/girls), sleep with peoples wives or other free women or causing other sexual “abominables” because they didn’t get marry? What of those Pastors and or Priests from COE so to say who commit the same “abominables” and yet are married. Let sin be treated as sin. No one is forced in anyway to become a Reverent Father. And before you go to the seminary you are aware of what it takes to belong to this HOOD. To belong to a HOOD, you must abide by the principles of it. It’s true that one can serve God whether married or single. Entreat these Catholic priests for sin not the decision of getting marry or not because many others who are married are not better than they are. Note that I am not defending them in anyway neither am I defending the Catholic faith. i am only a CHRISTIAN. The name of my denomination is not important but my salvation in Christ Jesus. Are you really Faithful? Tina if God will come now, Whom will be taken, you or the Catholic priest? We might be in the same act like them one way or the other. Watch your back. God Loves you dearly

    8. Bob Brown Reply

      Tina:
      Abuses of children are not caused by priests because they are unmarried.These priests are a tiny percentage of the total of Priests in the Church and they are pedophiles.If they were married,they would be married pedophiles.The great majority of priest are doing a great job in service to God.The priests that abuse their position of authority,will answer to God,and face a terrible judgement. Pray for them.
      Also,pedophelia is a terrible scourge on society in general.Because the priesthood is diametrically opposed to a progressive leadership in this country. That group includes a radical power structure that screams long and loud ,about abuses by priests,and rightly so,but do not react as vehemently, when it is a progressive bureaucracy member, committing these same type of egregious acts.For instance in a liberal institution we call the department of education. Don’t get me wrong,the great majority of teachers ,in this country are dedicated wonderful people. Where are those calling for pedophiles in education ,to be jailed? Very few voices out there. Just saying.

    9. Woodrow Reply

      I don’t think that would solve the problem because there are many, many men who are sexually active with women, and yet they still rape and molest. For example, the Church of England and all other Protestant groups have married pastors, and yet some of these clergy still have affairs on their wives, molest children, rape teenagers, etc. The same thing is true of married teachers in our public school systems, it’s true of married celebrities, politicians, businesspersons, police officers, firefighters, doctors, lawyers, construction workers, etc. because celibacy is not the problem; sexual impurity is the problem.

    10. Sharon Roser Reply

      Not necesssarily so. It was in the news (not too long ago) about a Rabbi (married) who sexually abused boys studying for their bar mitzvah. And a friend of mine was molested by an Episcopalian priest – also married. There are simply sick individuals who get their kicks on kids…period. Marriage does NOT stop that.

  7. mariela Reply

    To say that certain priest’s abuse children on the basis that the are not allowed to be married, is sadly, not understanding why certain people do those things. It is like saying a man rapes a women because he cannot find someone to be with. Make no mistake: these individuals are sick and sadly they use the authority of the priesthood to commit these horrible acts. They are in great need of our prayers and sacrifices.Not all people need to get married. Those with a true calling for the priesthood and consecrated life have the grace of Almighty God to help combat their carnal desires.

  8. Annette Reply

    The church didn’t start this way and priest should be allowed, it’s just an excuse.

  9. Eljunia Reply

    Indeed it is a discipline and yes whoever enters the priesthood is aware of this discipline but the reason in the article is nonsense. There are many religions which allow marriage of their priests or rabbis and they are very effective at their calling and probably what suffers more is the marriage. There are many jobs in the world where one is called away from family duties to attend to their jobs ie doctors, soldiers,and police to name some and they still manage to do their jobs effectively and have a good and happy family life.
    One doesn’t need to rationalize why a priest is not allowed to get married (considering that at one time they were allowed) that is just the way it is. Although I do have one objection to this which I wouldn’t take any marital or parenting advise from a single friend who has no children so I don’t feel that a priest is qualified for those situations. And that could be why many people are turning away from the church as our society has specialized experts in various fields and a priest is quite often considered not of the world one doesn’t feel they are competent to handle family situation.

    1. Elizabeth Reply

      I second that.Very well concluded.

  10. Hank Reply

    Orthodox Priest Marry. Bishops may not be married. Priest must be married before their final vows. Catholics should look into this way

    1. Henrico Reply

      We have to consider it ( PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS LIFE) really as a vocation and as a sacrifice. It is really a way of life. I for one decided to follow the Lord in this kind of life ( 13 years ago ) I entered in the seminary after my high school at the age of 17….its a choice. There is a saying which goes: “whenever you made a choice you have to be responsible for its possible consequences, whether it be positive and negative..I am a religious priest and in my congregation many of my confreres who died at the age of 90, 95, 100…really giving witness not only to us, but living the vows, prayer, simplicity..constant conversion, etc…its really a choice, and a vocation, not given to many ..many are called but few are chosen…we are called because the Lord said, ” the harvest (people) is great but the laborers are few, so pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest to send many to gather in his harvest” ( Lk. 10:2, Mt. 10:35-37)…I am proud to be a priest. please remember that a priest is not ordained because he is good, but because God is good, lovable and merciful…I love my life as a priest, I am happy to be a witness not only to my relatives but to the whole church and to the world..this is a special vocation..so please pray for us…don’t force us to get married..we should not force the will of God to happen…the will of God is the best..if a person is not meant for the priesthood, he has to opt for marriage..we have a vocation in life…in this vocation we have to be saints, be it in the married life, single blessedness, or priesthood or religious life…let us continue to pray for more holy vocations to the church…SEND O LORD, MANY AND HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH…LORD SEND ME EVEN IF I AM NOT PERFECT AND WORTHY, MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF YOUR LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS TO ALL…

  11. Dominic Reply

    The question answered was not the question asked. The question answered was “Why can priests not BE married?”. And frankly, they can in several Rites of the Catholic Church. Most Eastern Rites allow married clergy, and the Anglican Rite as well. If you want to see an image of a priest moving with his family, look at the Military: officers move with their families all the time. And stating that a priest would not have time for his ministry is not only incorrect, it’s heresy – imagine stating that a mother does not have time for her vocation because of her family! The idea is nonsense, and shows a fundamental lack of understanding of how men as a whole are to engage in their vocation in their daily life.

      1. Dominic Reply

        We are Catholics, we don’t do that whole “sola scriptura” thing. We have two thousand years of sacred tradition pointing toward married priests, and going back to The Beginning in the Jewish tradition. However:

        If a man desire the office of a Bishop, he desires a good work. A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, …ruling well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity.
        [1 Timothy 3:1-4]

        For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city as I had appointed you; If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly.
        [Titus 1:5,6]

        1. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

          During that time, leaders of the early Christian churches were referred to as ‘bishops’…not necessarily the same kind of bishops you are referring to that we have now.

          …Before my conversion, I also could not fully understand the wisdom behind the vow of celibacy. But as I matured in Spirit and grew in my relationship with the Lord [and became more deeply involved in the church], it was then that I was able to fully grasp what it is to have a calling for a mission, an intense desire to give all of yourself to God as an expression of your love and gratitude. It was only then that I realized that certain men, by special Grace given to them by God, would actually be willing forgo of marriage and having a family for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven…in the same way that Jesus, Paul, etc. did not marry. Yes, marriage is good. I will not deny that, we were all by default called to marry…but some of us receive special Grace to perform God’s work and to lead God’s people. Can you imagine how it would have been if Jesus or Paul had married? If the disciples had families of their own during the time of the ministry of Christ?

          Anyway, what I really intend is for us to appreciate the sacrifice that the priests are doing for us and to fully understand that it is not a just a rule or a law, it is a vow that they are willing to take on because of their love for Jesus. It is a positive response, not a negative reaction they are forced to submit themselves to. 🙂

          1. Dominic

            The way that Peter was married? I think that Genesis says it quite well:

            18The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.* k 19So the LORD God formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each living creature was then its name. 20The man gave names to all the tame animals, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but none proved to be a helper suited to the man.

            21So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.l 22The LORD God then built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman. When he brought her to the man, 23the man said:

            “This one, at last, is bone of my bones

            and flesh of my flesh;

            This one shall be called ‘woman,’

            for out of man this one has been taken.”*

            24m That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.

            The issue with the way this question is answered is, quite simply, that it was not. There is also all that nonsense that being married shows that a priest is somehow not serious about his vocation: Do we say that missionaries, or doctors, or teachers are not serious about THEIR vocations? Of course not, it’s utter nonsense. While there is nothing wrong with the discipline of celibacy, stating that only celibates may serve God seriously is both heresy and blasphemy.

          2. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret

            There was once a wise man who said: “To read scripture without a proper understanding of context is to look at sheet music without ever having heard a song.”

            I’m not sure if you read the other verses I pointed out, specifically 1Cor7:32-33. Add Matthew 19:12 to that. The essence of celibacy lies there. It is not even about the issue of getting married or not, nor whether which one is more “holy.” It is about honoring the Lord with the vocation that you have chosen–whether it be in the context of priesthood, single-blessedness, or having a family, etc.

            Don’t get me wrong. Marriage is very important…it is the only means for men to multiply. I would even say that all men and women, by default, have the desire to marry. And that is good! That way, more potential priests are born, hehehe! But some…such as priests, have discerned in prayer, and chosen not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of God. If they wanted to marry, they would not have chosen that vocation. But they did.

            But more practically speaking, if Jesus and the disciples brought along wives and children with them during their ministry, do you think they would have performed all that they had in the same way that they did? Would they have accomplished that much? Honestly?

            Again, it takes a true disciple to fully understand what it is to RECEIVE LESS OF THE WORLD, in order to have MORE OF THE LORD. It is not wrong to have a family, to work hard so as to earn a decent/or even a pleasurable living, etc. but some men and women chose not to be preoccupied with those things so that they only have God and his work to worry about…only because they love the Lord so much, He who has loved them first.

            You have a point, but you are missing something here. God has done so much for us…and these people recognized that; celibacy, chastity, obedience, simplicity/poverty, are some of their expressions of love which they want to offer back to the Lord. It is not an issue of whether it is good for priests to marry or not, it is an issue of honoring the Lord with a disciple’s chosen vocation.

          3. Archbishop Anthony

            With all due respect, Paul, your response is nonsense. I suppose in the same sentence you will tell me that those “bishops” who according to you were not bishops, also passed on the apostolic succession? Sorry, that is not true.

            It is also philosophically and theologically untrue that married men cannot be priests. You have only to look at the many Anglican clergy who became Catholic priests, and the countless Eastern Rite Catholic priests!

            The truth is that married men can, and may become priests but priests may not marry.

            To clarify, once a man is a priest he may not marry.

            However, a man who is already married may become a priest. Be that as it may, the current general discipline in the Latin Rite is that there be a celibate clergy. It took over a thousand years to enforce the general celibacy of the clergy and to this day there are mixed results.

            Personally, I believe that to deprive the Church of priests because a man knows his own body and chooses to be married to a woman is sad. It also has attracted men with homosexual tendencies to enter the priesthood which has opened the door to many other problems.

        2. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

          About your comment, I (also a Catholic) believe that Scripture is the Word of God; (the following are critical) with proper study, understanding, knowledge, guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit, it is disobedience to deny that. Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word shall remain.

          1. Dominic

            To read scripture without a proper understanding of context is to look at sheet music without ever having heard a song. Plucking bits and pieces of the Word of God and not placing them in a proper order with the whole does a disservice to all involved. Pointing to Paul while ignoring Peter, or Mary for that matter, is to deny the holistic nature of scripture itself.

          2. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret

            I am not pointing to Paul only. Please read my comment above. Hope this helps you understand. If you would only open your heart and mind, then you will surely see some sense here. Ask for the Spirit to grant you the wisdom. I am responding out of my desire for people/readers to understand. I am not after a debate.

            Dominic. Are you seriously sincerely seeking answers? What is the reason why you wish to know? So that I can help respond accordingly in the context of your situation. We can even discuss this in a private chat so as not to flood this comment section. If you do not seek answers, but you are here just to argue, then this is my last comment for you. : )

            I would also suggest for you to interview some priests…that might help. Or if, for some reason, you want to be a priest but you also want to get married, look for a co-discerner and ask the Lord in prayer. There are other missionary works in the church that would allow you to do much but still get married. Look into that. If you are not catholic and you find that your approach to pastoral ministry or whatever is better, as long as you are Christian, then that is also okay. : )

    1. Fr. Joseph Reply

      Indeed, out of the 23 Rites of the Catholic Church only the Latin Rite chooses men out of seminary that have made vows to God of celibacy. I am a former Protestant academician who has become a priest and am married. Existing priests cannot marry because that would be breaking a vow to God. The Church considers breaking a vow to God as an offense that makes one unsuitable for ministry.

  12. Dominic Reply

    We do. Look in to the Eastern Rites.

  13. Jeff Reply

    Only 4% of our catholic priest were somehow have been fallen short to their vow of celebacy. Do we need to drag the other 96% who continue to comply their vows?

    1. estong bicol Reply

      Where did you get your number? Are you sure only 4%? In our place alone almost the priests that were assigned are either homosexual or or sex maniac impregnating women at will.

  14. Fr. Bart Hutcherson, OP Reply

    As a priest I find the answers given somewhat narrow. And I am not sure that they answer the question because the question itself is not clear. Which of the many related topics is the questioner actually asking? What are the reasons now? What were the reasons for universal celibacy when it became a practice in the middle ages? What are the historical reasons, sociological and economic reasons? theological reasons? Lots of questions wrapped up in that one question.

    The correct answer is: Some Catholic priests can and do marry. There have always been and presumably always will be married Catholic priests. That reality invalidates virtually everything else said in the answer given here.

    Priests are not uniquely called to give up everything for the sake of the Kingdom of God. ALL believers are. To say that celibacy is somehow about a priest being something other than ordinary is both elitist and short-sighted. Priests are (or should be) ordinary and I would argue that most faithful married couples I know have a far more extraordinary witness than most priests I know.

    In addition to what I have said above: there is also a factual error in the answer. Most priests are secular (diocesan) and do not take a vow of poverty and CAN and DO own property and even wealth.

    I like the argument made by the original answer that celibacy should not be seen as a negative sign. I, as a religious order priest, made a choice for celibacy in much the same way that my married brothers and sisters made a choice to marry their particular spouse. I have no more “given up” marriage than my brother married to Tonja “gave up” Susie, Mary, and Cindy. Among possible goods, I made a choice for one of them.

    I personally see celibacy as a good for the sake of my ministry. It really does free me to be available for those I serve. But I know good effective married Catholic priests and married clergy in other traditions. Their experience and a millennium of experience in the Roman Catholic Church is enough to assure us that the Church can well survive with married clergy.

    Yes, the reality of married clergy adds lots of considerations to ministerial priesthood: a just wage to raise a family, new considerations about property, assignments and flexibilty. But these are not insurmountable. Nor would having married clergy negate the good witness of those who choose celibacy.

    1. Catholic Say Staff Reply

      Thank you very much Father for the corrections, it is deeply appreciated. God bless you !

    2. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      You ended your comment very well too. I also agree that other Christian traditions can and are effective in their ministry too. Celibacy is not an essential in order to lead a church. But it can be helpful. 🙂

    3. Henrico Reply

      We have to consider it ( PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS LIFE) really as a vocation and as a sacrifice. It is really a way of life. I for one decided to follow the Lord in this kind of life ( 13 years ago ) I entered in the seminary after my high school at the age of 17….its a choice. There is a saying which goes: “whenever you made a choice you have to be responsible for its possible consequences, whether it be positive and negative..I am a religious priest and in my congregation many of my confreres who died at the age of 90, 95, 100…really giving witness not only to us, but living the vows, prayer, simplicity..constant conversion, etc…its really a choice, and a vocation, not given to many ..many are called but few are chosen…we are called because the Lord said, ” the harvest (people) is great but the laborers are few, so pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest to send many to gather in his harvest” ( Lk. 10:2, Mt. 10:35-37)…I am proud to be a priest. please remember that a priest is not ordained because he is good, but because God is good, lovable and merciful…I love my life as a priest, I am happy to be a witness not only to my relatives but to the whole church and to the world..this is a special vocation..so please pray for us…don’t force us to get married..we should not force the will of God to happen…the will of God is the best..if a person is not meant for the priesthood, he has to opt for marriage..we have a vocation in life…in this vocation we have to be saints, be it in the married life, single blessedness, or priesthood or religious life…let us continue to pray for more holy vocations to the church…SEND O LORD, MANY AND HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH…LORD SEND ME EVEN IF I AM NOT PERFECT AND WORTHY, MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF YOUR LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS TO ALL…

  15. Fr. Bart Hutcherson, OP Reply

    Technically, I need to correct one statement in my previous comment. I wrote “Some Catholic priests can and do marry.” That is technically wrong. More precisely it should say “Some Catholic priests ARE married.” The difference, even where the discipline of celibacy is not enforced universally, a married man can be ordained, but an ordained man who is unmarried professes celibacy and would not be allowed to get married after ordination.

  16. Rowen Reply

    It’s contrary to what the bible says about the rules on the priest in leviticus 21: 13 “‘The woman he marries must be a virgin. 14 He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people, 15 so that he will not defile his offspring among his people. I am the Lord, who makes him holy.’”

    1. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      If we follow Leviticus in this way, then it will be unlawful for priests to also do these then:
      – shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards,
      – enter a place where there is a dead body, etc.

  17. Merobina Reply

    Yeah,there are a lot of statements in the bible that should be corrected..most especially those that are in the old testament. they contradict with the teachings of Jesus.

    1. Dalmas Reply

      You cannot correct the bible. Its up to you to read the whole bible and understand it. there is no single point where the Bible Contradicts its Self Just read keenly and you will find it somewhere explained better.

  18. wilson Reply

    Matthew 8:14-15
    14When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.
    Scripture answers to false doctrines

  19. atolofi lapa Reply

    Thank you n i proud i am a Catholic,,

  20. William Reply

    Well said and more explain to me as a catholic… Hope everyone gets to understand…. May the lord be with you and the holy spirit…

  21. Lucy Reply

    God bless you Fr. for the thorough explanation. Most people especially Catholics don’t know what to say when asked these questions.

  22. philip Reply

    Priests are not allowed to marry, so that homosexuals can join the ministry and be closeted, if they are not allowed to marry, then there is no critism and speculation about their sexual orientation just because they are not married.

  23. kesh Reply

    To me is not making sense.priests should be allowed to marry.he who truly want to serve God will serve him,we have some people who are not priest,sisters or pastor with family but serve God in faith and truth.it is better they are allowed to marry than having secret wifes and relationships,our pope and catholic church should look into it.
    peace,may God bless us all,Amen

  24. willy Reply

    Ridiculous and incorrect. Priests were allowed to marry centuries ago. Man made law (Pope) implemented due the issue of when the priest died, the land didn’t belong to the church, but to his surviving family. As far as his kids having to register in new schools- really? As a commissioned officer in the military, I have moved 15 times in 26 years and the family always adjusted. Get with the times fast folks. Deacons are allowed to be married (just not remarried). They are also devoted to our religion. We wonder why our brothers and sisters are leaving our faith in large numbers yearly.

    1. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      Please see my other comments. Especially that from @1Cor7:32-33.

      The fact that your family moved 15 times in 26 years proves the point. I cannot imagine how hard it was for all of you, especially the children. What we do not happen is for priests to have such problems.

    2. Fr. Joseph Reply

      willy, in the 11th century when celibacy started being enforced it was not because of money or property but instead it was because Bishops were passing on their bishoprics to their sons. . The bishopric became the family business and that was the reason because of the scandal it produced for the community.

  25. Robin Monaco Reply

    I know a priest who owns a home here in Florida. He is retired now and did not live in the rectory but lived in his home.

  26. Peter Sitro Reply

    This in my opinion is just plain stupidity. Priests were allowed to marry for a very long time in the early church and the lord choose Simon Peter to lead his church when Simon Peter was clearly a married man. In the modern day church especially in the united states we have a huge crisis in the amount of priests in the clergy, this is having a large effect on the quality of priests in such a matter in that out of country priest’s are being shipped to America with broken accent’s that are hard even to understand in the pulpit no less give a inspiring sermon. If the lord wanted unmarried men to lead his church then why did the lord pick absolutely married men to be his chosen twelve?? Why would the early church allow married priest’s?? Why does the modern church allow married Anglican priests to become Catholic priest’s?? Most historian’s state the Catholic church changed its policy on priests getting married because of having to give life long pension like benefits not only to the priest but to his wife and kids. Either way if the Catholic church is to get both a better quality and more people to preach the word of the lord it needs to go back to the ways of the early church and to the ways of the chosen twelve and allow priests to marry.

    1. Paul Gerard Antonio Saret Reply

      Are you a Christian? Do you find it to be plain stupidity that a person would sincerely surrender and give all of his life to his saviour and redeemer? Is it dumb to let go of certain Worldly and temporary pleasures here on earth in order to receive the pearl of great price? Ask yourself these things, my brother. (I do not hear many people call the military stupid for going out into the battlefield, willing to die and be separated from their loved ones, just to protect their country and their countrymen.)

      About those priests who you said are hard to understand…we should actually thank them because they left their homelands, studied english, and related with people from other races despite its difficulty, so that they can proclaim the word of the Lord to those who would not have heard otherwise (in this case, because of the lack of priests in your region).

      The sad truth is…we should not blame the church. It is our duty to bring more people to God. The reason why there aren’t many priests is because we have failed to heed God’s call for us to evangelise and bring people from many nations into his fold. When was the last time we told our workmates about God? How about our sons? How about the people we play basketball with? Have we ever spoken to them about God? Many people don’t. If nobody would preach, nobody would hear; if nobody would hear, nobody will be called to this vocation. Our complaining and ranting will take the church nowhere.

      I hope that I have influenced you even a little so that you might have a renewed perspective concerning this predicament. 🙂

  27. jennifer Reply

    confusing catholics – the more the reply the more confuse i got…can a catholic priest marry? can a married person become a priest..i never known that…

    1. Dominic Reply

      No catholic priest may BECOME married, but in some rites of the Catholic Church, married men can BECOME priests.

    2. Fr. Joseph Reply

      No if he is already a priest and has made a vow to God of celibacy. However men who have not made such a vow can become priests under particular circumstances in the Latin Rite. The other 22 Rites of the Church have married priests and have since the Churhc began 2000 years ago at Pentecost. However many men have in the past and will continue to take seriously the recommendation of Jesus and St. Paul that one becoming a priest should be celibate.

  28. Serpent Reply

    1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

    1 Timothy 4:1-4

  29. joan Reply

    Tried to read most of the comments so not to repeat yet they are long. Fr. Bart, I Loved your testimony.
    When I first came back to the church in 1989 at 35, the subject of married priests was very important to me and I read all that I could on the original history of mandatory celibacy and could not believe what I found.
    ‘Alter Christus’ was not the original reason behind mandatory celibacy. ‘Alter Christus’ was the theology for ALL the baptized for the first 12 centuries of our history and was given to priests only to back up the decision to ban married priests. Church property and, I believe, Authority was behind mandatory celibacy. In the Middle Ages property was handed down to the sons of priests and the priesthood was hereditary. Mandatory celibacy has only been in practice for 900 years of our churches history and 400 of those years to ‘stick’. The atrocities that were committed to the first generation wives of priests in the name of that decision are nothing short of misogynist and might quite possibly be sinful to the point of murder. The HUNDREDS of years after proclaiming mandatory celibacy, the middle ages through the Renaissance, were the most corrupt era of our church. The clergy all the way up to the Papacy was infected with concubines, courtesans, rape, bastard children and sexual diseases. The fruit of what today we call ‘theology’ for priests (aren’t all baptized still ‘alter Christus’ since we are still baptized priest, prophet and king?) only brought us the Reformation since clergy corruption was the main reason Martin Luther posted those proclamations on the church doors that started the biggest split in our church. Is sexual sacrifice the only sacrifice a priest makes to enable him to offer the sacrifice of the mass? Of course not, he gives up the world and devotes his life to the vocation of prayer, study, service to the Lord and pastoral ministry. Married or not still a huge sacrifice especially considering today’s weak financial ethics concerning all life vocations.
    I know nothing happens without God knowing it and have complete faith in the church as the bride of Christ no matter what human error occurs. I stand on Romans 8:28, ‘All things work to the good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.’ So it is easy for me to see that during the exploration of the ‘New World’, mandatory celibacy was what gave the Pope complete control of our priesthood and evangelization was never more important to or done as well as our RC church.
    Mandatory celibacy though, after Vatican II, 500 years later, was the cause of the ‘Great Exodus’ of priests from the church to marry. After decades of hindsight, might we look at it more honestly than that the cause was the priests that married did not have an ‘authentic’ call? Is it really possible that the church and approximately 80,000 priests were wrong about that? Might it have been the Holy Spirit moving through the priesthood to be priests and married at the same time? Needed for the new millennium coming. The one now of promiscuity, sex before marriage, single never married mothers(50% of all children in NYC), same time frame for 50,000,000 abortions and now gay couple unions being legitimized as marriage by the State?
    Celibacy is a wonderful gift from God. I know since have been for over 20 years now living in the world and even though a woman, have a very strong sex drive. It is my choice to accept God’s gift but it is God that gives me the gift and the strength. Mandatory _____ (fill the blank with any of God’s gifts) is an oxymoron. How can a gift by definition be mandatory?
    There is no reason to believe that celibacy and the beautiful way priests are described in the answer to the marriage question above will disappear because priests who are also called to the sacrament of marriage are accepted. Jesus did say if married stay married, he never said NOT to marry. Paul was the one that said, paraphrase, marry if you must! Jesus did choose a married man as the first Pope. The idea as Paul puts it of voluntary eunuch as a description of celibacy is also an oxymoron. Unless the voluntary celibate agrees to castration? We who are celibate still can perform the act, still have desires, and still have the natural sexual drive that cannot be said of eunuchs. Diocesan Priests also are natural men and have those same traits. If the celibacy is truly a gift, it is not a burden as it is now where the Diocese has to ‘teach’ the priest how not to get close to women in case of occasion of sin thereby dismissing most of his congregation since it is women that hold each parish up. And, can make life very lonely for priests who can’t have platonic friendships with women, just in case. (Assuming the priest is heterosexual – which does not seem to be the majority in today’s American priesthood – also which I attribute to mandatory celibacy – since the John Jay study of the pedophile scandal resulted in finding the percentage of abuse was the same as in the general public but the majority gender of the victim the opposite, male instead of female.
    Seems to me there is so much more in the New Testament that supports married priests than not. I truly do not know what we are afraid of? Yes, things will change like: financial and healthcare support of Diocesan Priests will not fall to parishioners or the church alone since most women work after marriage and motherhood, retirement for priests might be more planned by their wives careers than the Diocese, their need to be everywhere at once might be less stressful since their wives can head committees in a way no other parishioner ever could with the intimate partnership advice of their priest husbands, their children could be examples and leaders of the youth of our parishes. Our priests might so much better understand just what it is like to raise children in a world so anti-family and can support their flock through true understanding rather than by being representatives of the kingdom to come. Especially since I thought we believe and I actually know the kingdom is already among us. Would problems crop up concerning divorce, children not so much good examples, and I don’t even know or care what else – since do absolutely know we can work through those problems. We have a unifying force that no other Christian community does – the Pope, now he is our Francis, that is in direct line from Peter, the married priest.
    If the church today is the strongest supporter of family and traditional marriage and it is, then wouldn’t allowing her priests, at least Diocesan, to marry, make the most positive statement for that belief? After all we don’t need the rigid authority of evangelizing the new world any longer and church property is safely secured as belonging to the RC church. Vatican II has affirmed all the baptized are actively priest, prophet and king to live out the gospel mission. But the health of the church in the West is in great jeopardy through the amoral humanistic movement prevalent now in society. The unhealthy ministry of a priesthood without the trust of the congregation of my mother’s era, overstretched and pulled in so many directions, has not born great fruit among their population as the fruit of the people has. Although the priests I know are fantastic holy men doing an impossible job only the Grace of God can be responsible for, it still remains that priests in number are the same or less of what they were when I was a girl while the number of Catholics during the same period has doubled.
    I really am so tired of the ‘marriage’ elephant in the room and the weak theological excuse for it. It is illogical not to accept the challenge of the ‘elephant’ at least for Diocesan priests and is unfaithful to believe that Christ will not help us do it.

    1. Fr. Joseph Reply

      St. Peter was a widower when he was chosen by Christ as an apostle. The 11th century decision to chose from only those who have made a vow of celibacy to God was made because of the scandal that was created by Bishops passing on their bishoprics to their sons. In some cases it became the family business and created scandal in the communities. It really was not because of money or the inheritance thereof. Men in the Latin Rite choose to be celibate and go through a long descernment period to make their choice. It is very difficult for a married man to be a priest and almost impossible if he is a pastor. God bless!

      In Christ
      Fr. Joseph

      1. Chaplain Reply

        Are you Married? If not, how do you know? you can only know if you experience it. I’m married and ordained and it is difficult. But not impossible. Because God works through all of us where we are in our lives. And, as we know, nothing it impossible for God.

  30. Juan-Pablo-Marie Reply

    I have not seen a people less believing and perverse dan here… Re u Catholics at all? Do u underate the power of Gods Omnipotence? With God All things are possible! Do u know how many Saints who lived before us and are now in heaven dat took the vows of Celibacy and Chastity? Your argument is baseless and uncatholic. U should know one thing God still remains in His Church and wether Vatican2 or anything has caused the Church to raise up people without Faith as I see here,the remnants will still preserve d Faith. When last did u pray your Rosary? When last did you receive the Holy Eucharist kneeling and on ur tongue? U bother yourselves with nonesensical matters. Follow truth and you will find God.

  31. joan Reply

    Anyone here who thinks that allowing Diocesan priests to marry will do away with celibacy, will debase celibacy, will stop celibacy does not have faith in God’s gift. Allowing married priests now will no more ‘undermine’ the sanctity of the saints of the church than the first 1100 years of married priests did.
    @Juan-Pablo-Marie, Even though I resent your asking since it is much better to remove the plank in one’s own eye rather than point out the splinter in another, yes, I do say the rosary daily, receive the Eucharist at least weekly, would do so daily if not working full time, Yes, I do know and love the wonderful example of our saints of whom the men were celibate and the women were chaste. I am single and celibate, respect, admire and aspire to purity of heart and mind, am dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and consecrate myself to the Holy Spirit daily. Is that ‘Catholic’ enough ’cause if it isn’t there are many more Catholic spiritual practices of mine that either daily or weekly or monthly I practice that are too many to list here.

    Do you know that Diocesan priests, meaning most ‘parish’ priests, do not take a vow of celibacy? They make a promise to remain unmarried. Or is that concerning myself with ‘nonsensical’ things? A promise not to marry in Catholic life means celibacy since sex outside of marriage is an obstacle to a Godly life. Or sin if that is where your focus is pointed. As a faith-filled person, I am more interested in living a life pleasing to God rather than a sinless one. The first is not only possible but what God wants from all of us and the second is a smokescreen from the devil since we are human and weak, we will always need to repent and convert again and again . The more I please God, it follows the less I will sin. There was only one man born who was sinless, and he was God, Jesus.

    My argument is ALL about being Catholic. It is the history of the Church. Vatican II has never been implemented properly as far as I understand and, in my opinion, did not listen to the Holy Spirit in the matters of priests marrying and the use of birth control since probably 90% of married Western Catholics since then have not been able to avoid contraception and have been isolated from the church because of it which is sad since it is so necessary when we all have the human right to fall yet that is water under the bridge. (not that I am for contraception, believe in the seamless garment of life from the womb to the tomb)

    As to receiving the Eucharist kneeling and on the tongue, I have not received communion that way since I was in grade school. Frankly, if we really want to be ‘authentic’ then we probably should all be reclining on the floor at a table as Jesus said the first mass and the Apostles received the first Eucharist during Passover since that was the custom of dining of the era. Or maybe have no pews as during the middle ages. So the tradition you are so fixed on is a tradition with a small ‘t’ not a Tradition handed down to us from the Church Fathers. Anyone who wishes to receive that way would never be criticized by me. Yet wouldn’t it be more unifying if everyone obeys the diocesan liturgy guidelines? It seems to me, a very big part of being Catholic is obedience. That was the hardest area for me to learn and the most rewarding.

    I am a faithful and faith-filled Catholic. I question the Catholicity of your comment and anyone else here who like commented, not your Catholicity, your comment, Juan-Pablo-Marie since there seems to be no room for reason in it and you praise the omnipotence of Our Father yet are stubborn about going back to something the church did for the first 1100 years.

    We are a church based on Faith & Reason (look it up). I have not read anything perverse in these comments anywhere. Frankly, I loved all that I had time to read. Found all of the people here very sincere and willing to bring up the ‘pink elephant’ in the room of the Catholic Church whether pro or con. It is completely unREASONable to think that God is not powerful enough to continue celibacy in our church if Diocesan priests are allowed to marry. It is unFAITHful to say ‘With God all things are possible’ ……. except married priests? So just what are you afraid of Juan-Pablo-Marie?

  32. Dominic Reply

    It’s interesting. In the Eastern Catholic Churches, many priests are celibate even with the option to have been married before ordination. It makes celibacy more special in my eyes, as it must be discerned among more options.

  33. Thomas Fernandes Reply

    Priest is another Christ, having responsibility to serve the community in love of Christ rather than compulsion. He is married to church.It is gift to mankind. In most of parts of the world he is working as missionary, as soldier of Christ. I wish everybody should come in support of this best tradition, so that church continues to grow.

  34. nkemdi David Reply

    Wao! A lot of dissertation here – but there’re really unnecessary! The issue of celibacy as chosen by the the Church, i.e the Catholic Church, was a wise decision to strengthen the Faith. It is biblical – 1Cor 7:3- , Matt 19 etc. I’m sure Christ Himself is appreciative of that sacrifice – a living sacrifice. I saw a lot of people using this as a platform for argument – there’s no need for that! For their argument is deliberate, with closed mindset. The Church needs celibate priests. Yes some priests may fall because they’re constantly tempted, that shows they’re human – cases also abound of high ranked Pastors and GOs caught in adultery, yet they’re married. Even they, like Catholic priests need our prayers. The Important truth here is that the Church, well, the Catholic Church needs celibacy. Take it If you will, or leave it!

  35. emily ward Reply

    I think celebasy is entirely possible, Some women choose that life, after disillusionment about relationships. They may not talk openly about it, however, when you loose confidence in your own judgement of who can be trusted among men, it isn’t difficult to loose interest, even have no desire of physical contact. And that does not make a person cold and unfeeling, just cautious and sceptical to a point of no further interest in a physiclal relationship. So yes it is possible, I have managed it for well over fourteen years. I feel very devoted to God and to our Lord Jesus, I have every
    respect for the genuine priests who take their vows seriously. I guess if they do weaken, there is a place in the bible that says something about,” I would rather you serve me, “then goes on to say, “if a man have a desire for a woman , then he should marry her,” adding to that, ” then he will be serving her”, or words to that effect. Perhaps someone out there will recognise where that passage comes from, I am not very good on knowing exactly where to pull a passage out from, I do love to read the bible, when ever I can.

  36. emily ward Reply

    On my previous comment I would like to add, that, being a priest and taking the vows is a life long commitment, I guess that once a priest felt he could no longer keep those vows would mean that he would have to leave the priest hood and become a minister, leaving the faith he loves so much, so it would be the hardest thing in the world to do for a priest who was devoted to God and the catholic faith, and he would probably regret it if he made that choice.
    Maybe not at first, though eventually I think he would.

  37. nkemdi David Reply

    @ Emily, you’re very right! I know a Priest who was excommunicated for reasons i don’t know. He has his own ministry. He got married and a child. But in a twinkling, the wife left him. I don’t know what became of him now – but you imagine the devastation. I found that they’re constantly lured by women who are sent to destroy them. To me the priesthood is a thing of honor for those who understood the vow they’d taken. I’d like to be a Priest, but I discovered the Catholic Church and the priesthood late. Honestly, I sincerely have respect for every Priest. And I know that the Lord love cherish them.

    1. emily ward Reply

      Thank you David for your supportive comments, God Bless you

  38. joan Reply

    WOW! Emily, I don’t even know what to say to your comments.
    It seems to me what you are describing as choice is actually a phobia resulting from mistreatment or the dissolution of a marriage. It couldn’t possibly be celibacy since is a gift. Not the result of human psychologically detrimental experience. I am delighted that you have transferred your pain into a closer relationship with Jesus yet don’t understand how you can logically call yourself celibate if you are afraid or have no desire for physical intimacy. Thank God, Jesus has called you closer to him since many women, as you state, do become just bitter, suspicious and lonely after experiencing a marriage breakup (which if we believe the general population’s statistics, is 50% of marriages).

    I am celibate after the dissolution of an awful marriage yet have no less love for men nor less desire for intimacy. It is only God’s gift that has kept me celibate as there has been opportunity and the single life for me is lonely. I am not unhappy, unfulfilled nor unhealthy in mind or body. There are no ‘reasons’ why I have not had an intimate relationship with a man for over 20 years except for the Grace of God. So I cannot take your ‘definition’ of a celibate life seriously. And, no one with the same gift I have been given would be able to either as this portion of ‘Delegate for Religious” Archdioceses of Newark’s FAQs note:

    6. What qualities does the Church look for in evaluating candidates for
    religious life?

    According to the National Religious Vocations Conference, the following are mentioned: membership in the Catholic Church, generally good health; adequate intellectual ability; healthy relationships, including good friends; sense of humor; ABILITY TO MAKE A POSITIVE CHOICE FOR CELIBACY; faith and sense of integrity; relationship with God; responsiveness to others; capacity to serve a variety of people; leadership ability; collaborative working style; ability to live simply, share a common life and compromise for the common good.
    I do not see at all how your description of non-sex has anything to do with a positive choice for celibacy.

    As for the men who left the priesthood in ‘mass exodus’ in the decades of the 70s and 80s, their decision was tortuous and heartbreaking since they were called to be priests. There is no doubt in my mind that they were also being called to the sacrament of marriage. The ones who left, 95% of them married. Last I researched, their marriages were much more stable than the general populations or the Catholic population. They raised their families in the Catholic tradition even though not allowed to minister at all in liturgy, shunned by the hierarchy and brother priests (through edict of the hierarchy in case present priests might be influenced by them?

    How about this? There are many priests who remained priests though fell in love and seriously thought about leaving the priesthood just as their brothers who married did. Have you not thought of them? Have you no idea that they are just as heartbroken as those who left the priesthood? One group, the much, much larger group, left and must have been living missing half their selves since a ‘priest is a priest forever’ and the other group remained, also heartbroken because they were denied the marriage to the women God made for them so to remain priests, also must be living as half their selves missing since a man and a woman are made to become one forever. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO FAITH OR REASON TO SUPPOSE A MAN CANNOT BE CALLED TO BOTH.

    And, seriously, stop talking about priests taking vows of celibacy! This information was also found at same source as above.
    Diocesan priests are called to be ordained ministers to serve others especially in the sacramental life. Among these ministers are also bishops and deacons (The Pope also is really a Bishop and does not have to be in a consecrated order. Although, our Pope now is both – called to consecrated life as a Jesuit and the Bishop of Rome.
    Those called to the consecrated life are religious sisters, brothers, and priests, members of secular institutes, hermits, and consecrated virgins. The CONSECRATED life is based on VOWS.
    Although they DO NOT take the three VOWS of poverty, chastity, and obedience like those in consecrated lives, diocesan priests do PROMISE to lead a celibate life, to respect and obey their diocesan bishop, and to live a simple lifestyle.
    So…. DIOCESAN PRIESTS DO NOT TAKE VOWS……look it up.

    @nkemdi David
    Your first sentence explains everything about the situation of the ‘particular’ priest you speak of: ‘was excommunicated’. Obviously a lot more was going on with him besides a relationship with a woman, marriage or divorce. To be excommunicated, he must have been leading others away from the church and probably to perdition. Nothing to do with what we are discussing here.

  39. emily ward Reply

    When I spoke of my own celibasy, it was literal more than incapable. I am still a very feeling and loving woman, being more mature in my outlook, I am aware of our modern civilisation and the exploitation of sex, not being associated with love, so much as lust. I am not afraid of relationships and I do not find intimacy appalling either, if it is in the context of love. Celibasy, is my choice, I just wanted to make a point that it is a possible way to live, if one chooses to do so. The subject came up at work once, and one of my colleagues stated in fact that celibasy is not just merely avoiding intimacy with another individual, it also means no sexual activity at all. However, you are quite right to point out that temptation is always at the door, and the more you move towards your service to God, the greater you will be tempted. It can be one of the most difficult paths to follow, yet it is possible, and can give the individual more time for more important things, like greater awareness of the signs God gives you of what he wants you to do. We have free will, and that can cause us to make wrong choices.,yet with God’s guidance, we can be guided to avoid the wrong choices by reading the signs which he will put before us, over and over. And please don’t jump to conclusions here either, I’m not suggesting that people in relationshiips can not be guided by God, Relationships, however, can keep our focus on other important issues which can at times keep us from paying closer attention to signs , when they appear.
    I too, have had ample opportunities to have further relationships, since my divorce, even though I have not tried to seek out a relationship. Desire occasionally taps me on the shoulder, also, yet my choice to be as I am, gives me peace of mind and I know it has been a gift, not a curse.
    It isn’t for you or anyone else to say that you can or can not accept my definition of my celibate life, my life is the life God has given me, and only he can judge how I describe it, for only he knows my soul and the road I have travelled. I would never presume to judge another woman’s explanation of their life choices, since I have not walked in their shoes. Still, if you are a judgemental person, I guess you will find something to judge.

  40. Bryan Reply

    A rule of unmarried priests is a peculiarity of the Latin Rite and has no universal theological justification. His Holiness has made it quite clear that, when it is within the Tradition of a Church, a married priest is quite acceptable, as in the various Eastern Catholic Churches. Thus, attempts to impose any sort of theological rationalization as if it were a universal principle violates fundamental Ecclesiastical truth.l

  41. Andrew Reply

    Priests WERE allowed to marry until the 12th century. God made men and women to be together creating hopefully a good and fulfilling relationship. Many priests are very lonely, turn to alcohol, outside affairs, etc. There is nothing in the Bible that prohibits priests from marrying. The Catholic Church is the one keeping them from being married and it can and needs to be changed!!!!!

  42. Robyn reid Reply

    This is an ironic stance because if an Anglican priest converts to catholism he remains married while functioning as a catholic priest

  43. Mario Simonelli Reply

    It is very important for man in the ministry not to be married for we read in Luke 9:23: “And He was saying to them all, ‘if anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’” Somehow that invitation to deny oneself is tested by the strength of his or her personal faith, for we must keep present in mind that it is not compulsory to literally follow in His footsteps, for it is written: “If anyone wishes to come after Me” That statement is just because we are all individuals whose personalities and strength differ in many ways. It is compulsory though to “love your neighbour like yourself,” which is the basic requirement if we truly aspire to be Christians and then if anyone wishes there is the devotional sacrifice to go after him.
    This devotional sacrifice of worship to God is an exceptional way of self-denial with which we get closer to our Lord, for we read in 1Corinthians 7:32-38: “But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
    33 but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided.
    34 And the woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
    35 And this I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is seemly, and to secure some believers for an undivided devotion to the Lord.
    36 But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly towards his celibacy, if he should be of full age, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin; let him marry.
    37 But he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own body, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own body chaste, he will do well.
    38 So then both he who gives his own body in marriage does well, but he who does not give himself in marriage will do better.”
    As you can see, the last four verses 35-38, with the obvious needed restorations, which restorations enable us to understand the connection and the true intended meaning of the previous verses of 32-34. Thus if any person, male or female, is willingly prepared and able to freely undertake the sacrifice of celibacy as their sacrifice of worship, that sacrifice is acceptable to God, this is confirmed in Matthew 19:10-12: “The disciples said to Him, ‘If the relation-ship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.’ But He said to them, ‘Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this let him accept it.’”
    Romans 12:1 also urges us to keep our body holy by saying: “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

  44. Marie Reply

    i have known 3 priest that had girlfriends. One of them had his since before he became a priest. What about this!

  45. Pauline Costianes Reply

    All clergy could be drawn from married men, in church both East and West. The Western Church started pushing priestly celibacy in the early Middle Ages…..there is no justification for limiting the priesthood to what in essence, are monastics. In the Orthodox Church married men can be priests, but one must be married before one is ordained. Bishops used to be married too. But when the first heresies arose – Arianism, Nestorianism, etc, monastic shock troops, if you will, were called out to penetrate the population and enforce true Christian belief (orthodoxy). So the thinking was, well, if the monasteries are bastions of the true faith, let’s get our bishops from there. It was a historical development that caused an unmarried episcopacy. The Roman Church needs to wise up and return to its earliest practice, and allow a married clergy. Would certainly swell the ranks of their priesthood! Perhaps Pope Francis will get it together and right this many centuried wrong.

    1. Fr. Joseph Reply

      The only priests that are disciplined because of marriage are those who have made a vow of celibacy to God conforming to the recommendation of Jesus and St. Paul. The Church does now and will continue to take such vows seriously and breaking a vow to God is reason to remove a priest from ministry. I am a Protestant convert and a married priest. God bless!

      In Christ
      Fr. Joseph

  46. Jaime Badong Reply

    Any religion that will not allow their priest to marry is in violation in the law of existence, this is a sin and crimes against to our creator.

  47. Apo Felino de Jerusalem Reply

    All of Jesus’ apostles were married except apostle Paul. A priest or minister to be married is the best example on how to fulfill God’s law of existence (when Yaweh created humans as demonstrated by Adam and Eve) and when Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament of Matrimony in the wedding at Cana in order to be a perfect example of how to raise a family in God’s will. A priest not able to receive the sacrament of Matrimony is left with no one to take care of him (like washing his robes, cook his food, including fulfillment of biological needs), otherwise he will turn to illicit relationship hiding himself from the eyes the public which is more often than not very scandalous and immoral. I am a Missionary of the Apostolic Catholic Church (ACC) in the Philippines.

  48. bmvallejo1 Reply

    Priests are not allowed to marry but the other Catholic churches in the East do allow that married men can be priests and remain married. The Latin Church however has the commendable discipline requiring its priests to be unmarried. The Latin Church however may have to allow married men to be ordained as a pastoral response in our secular world. This should not be an extraordinary instance as we have now but a way for the married to respond to priestly vocation. I do not expect this to be the norm. Most vocation will be from the unmarried, The Latin Church will have a celibate priesthood as its witness like the Eastern Catholic Churches have a married priesthood as their witness.

  49. steph Reply

    Not sure why they think they can not marry. God created Adam n Eve. They were married. God is the Judge of judges so he is the originator of marriage. Moses married, Noah married, Jacob married, Abraham married. God NEVER says they can not marry. They did that themselves. Maybe they r confused when Apostle Paul says it is better to b single. THAT is to serve God with no distrations like a spouse. Apostle Paul also says if we are inflamed with passion it is better to marry, then to sin against God (fornication).

  50. Theresa Reply

    Excuse me, but reading all of the pro and contra comments above, all I can say is that I DO NOT get it why it can be a controversy. You westerns may never turn your attention to the far away countries with very minority of Catholics, like my own country. We have been persecuting on daily basis to live amongst the majority religion of islam. I do not mean to be out of topic but all I wanna say is that with all of the persecutions, limitation and very minority stand in the country, I can proudly say that celibacy is NOT a controversy or big problem for Indonesian Roman Catholic priests. They are totally in a vow of chastity, poverty and obedience. Even the diocesans. They do not mind the controversy of celibacy that you argued above. They totally depend on the parishioners cooking as their daily meal.

    Even in the Eastern part of Indonesia, many priests are on duty in most rural areas that you can imagine as what our first missionaries’ did. But that’s still happening until today due to the lack of attention for the minority from our government and all of those persecutions, we are ‘trained’ to really be independent in living our Catholic life including renovating/building Churches and help one another. I can say this since I have been involving in the charity of fund raising for Catholic churches renovation and/or Rosary distributions to those most rural areas. Priests and parishioners are truly living in a very limited worldly dependence. They believe more in the Divine help since they have only very less. And none of the Catholic priests I have met ever complained about being in celibacy.

    And as for lack of calling to be priests and that only few aging priests left, I never agree that it is because of the celibacy dogma. Go out and see around you, you will find many (modern) men who are not ready to settle into a commitment of marriage, that they still pursue career or such, but have those unmarried guys ever think about being Catholic priests? I highly doubt it. It’s about God’s calling and shall we not worry about that. I would prefer to pray for God to call more vocations. That’s why I really don’t get the controversy of celibacy, arguments are not valid, in my opinion.

    Thanks to your the contra opinions. It makes me feel very blessed for living in a Catholic minority country but we always have Catholic priests who are faithful in their vow of chastity, poverty and obedience.

  51. francis Reply

    Simple! If priests will marry, how can they totally give themselves to God?

    1. James Reply

      The Catholic Church is Ordaining Married Men today….. Our Bishop (Jefferson City, Missouri) Ordained a married man with family last year to the priesthood. The Catholic church ordains to Priestly Orders Married Men of other faiths who convert over to Catholism!

  52. Marv Ack Reply

    It’s not about priests getting married. It’s about MARRIED MEN BEING ORDAINED AS PRIESTS.

    Can we PLEASE get this straight for once????

    1. When a man is ordained, his marital status becomes permanent. That’s Doctrine in Rome AND in the Eastern Orthodox churches.

    2. Rome also has a Canon Law that says only unmarried men can become priests.

    So the upshot is that single priests will NEVER be able to get married. The question is about allowing married men into the priesthood in the Roman rite.

    I really hate seeing this subject discussed by people who don’t even know this much about it!!!!!!

    1. Fr. Joseph Reply

      Married men are being ordained into the Latin Rite of the Church but as you said once a man is ordained his marital status cannot change. If a married priest’s wife dies the priest cannot remarry. God bless!

      In Christ
      Fr. Joseph

    2. Franklin P. Uroda Reply

      No, his marital status does not become permanent. His priesthood is permanent. With permission, a functioning priest may get what is called a Laicization and get married. The Church requires him then to cease priestly functions, i.e., saying Mass, hearing confessions, etc. The word “Doctrine” has a special use in the Roman Catholic Church and it applies to those truths we must believe in order to save our souls. The discipline of celibacy is not a doctrine

  53. sonja ellarene Reply

    Short and simple answer was because “you can’t serve two master at a time”..let me give an example, suppose if priest were allowed to marry and have a family, one night if he got a called from someone who is sick and need the priest reach immediately in his place for prayer or sacrament,and in the priest’s house his wife need to be taken to hospital to deliver a baby,what will the priest do,he will choose his wife or attend the one who call???
    According to my understanding..

  54. Kim Reply

    Simply because HE wanted priest to serve with all his heart and mind…

  55. jean Reply

    The question is not whether or not a priest or a pastor lives with or without a wife. Both ways are ok. The question is: how do you dare to imply laws on people (i.e. priests) which are not ordered in Scriptures?

  56. Tim Constable Reply

    This whole discussion is pointless! The appointing of ‘priests’ (and cardinals, vicars, bishops, popes) is a worldly doctrine of man, not of God, not of the Bible. “FOR WE HAVE BUT ONE HIGH PRIEST, JESUS CHRIST” and “WITH HIM WE ARE SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES” . People need PASTORS (‘deputy shepherds’) to guide them in their personal walks with God. Married or celebate is a is an irelevant issue to ministry. And the way some have responded here, you’d think every person following a calling to be a Pastor – if they are married – was unworthy of the job. There are many many Pastors, not allied to denominations, who do a far better job of guidance, married or not, than many of the Roman heirachy.

    As an aside, the button to log in with a FaceBook profile doesn’t work. I’ve tried a number of times and I’m STILL asked to supply my email address and name! Which I do so, glad that I’m a broken sinner, free in Jesus, blood-bought, Bible-trusting, miracle-believing born-again holy-Spirit-filled follower of Christ!

  57. Thelma Smith Reply

    I feel it is unfair to have a priest to live a life so lonely with noone to talk to at night. I am a widow and it ics very sad to eat a meal every night by yourself and to talk about your day to no body. My brother-in-law was az priest for 48 years and he came home every chance he had because you have so much going on in your life and noone to share it with

  58. Sharon Chang Reply

    Priests ARE allowed to be married, both throughout the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church and, in some special instances, within the Latin Rite.

  59. Marla Reply

    I haven’t read all the comments but the apostle Peter had a wife! How do we know this? Because at Matthew 8:14 it speaks of his mother-in-law. Also, at Mark 1:30, it again speaks of Simon’s (also known as Peter or Simon Peter) mother-in-law again. However, at 1 Corinthians 7:36-38, it cautions men. It says: 36 But if anyone thinks he is behaving improperly by remaining unmarried, and if he is past the bloom of youth, then this is what should take place: Let him do what he wants; he does not sin. Let them marry. 37 But if anyone stands settled in his heart and has no necessity, but has authority over his own will and has made the decision in his own heart to remain unmarried, he will do well. 38 So also, whoever marries does well, but whoever does not marry will do better. So in a nutshell, its because the church doctrine not to. Nowhere in God’s Word dopes it say they must remain single.

  60. Tales McKinley Reply

    There is not one argument that provides dogmatic support for the universal error in enforcing a policy of denying the sacrament of Holy Matrimony to a priest. It is a gross mistake, by men, to ignore what Christ celebrated and blessed in the eyes of God. A married priest can, will and does understand service, to all, better than a single priest who in do many cases functions as a separate entitlement dweller in a property paid by parishioners, yet owned by a Bishop, where wealth accumulation and control are the fundamental enigma in ensuring property rights are not allowed to a priest’s family. The centuries of HIDDEN sins due to conscripted celebacy with such painful coverups known to the world and demonstrating the insanity of this policy in the story of Boston’s Bishop Law is Criminal. To rationalize the continuation of this unGodly conduct is to ignore the impact, evidence and absolute requirement for terminating a centuries old ERROR OF MEN.

  61. Brother Don Reply

    @Tales McKinley, based on your comment above, I wonder how much you have actually read the comments here, and more importantly the Bible itself, that is with understanding and an open mind?

    A few of the comments above have shown you where God Himself, through His Son Jesus, has told us that His teachers and leaders should, if at all possibly be celebrate and without wife. If you look at other documents of the time of the Apostles going out, you will find that ALL of the Apostles left their spouses and followed Christ, and NONE show them going back after the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, but that they went on on their own. Initially Priest did not have families of their own, then for several years, they did. In those cases, in MOST areas, from their income, they would provide for their families, not the Parishes they “led”. There was a SMALL area of only a small handful of Dioceses (now called) that had an issue where the Bishops didn’t want land that a Priest had going to the families, and wanted the property for themselves, as it was often good property near the Church, which was theirs already. This wasn’t a global problem though.

    What “HIDDEN sins” are you talking about? The pedophilia? If so, this wasn’t about unmarried men, but about homosexual men who found it easier to enter into the Priesthood than other areas, and then found it easier to bend to their sexual desires than to the spiritual and act on their desires. These men, in most cases, would not have been married to begin with, except possibly as “cover” but most wouldn’t have been married, and would have had these actions in what ever job they had if they had access to the victims to do such actions.

    Again, this “unGy conduct” is decreed to happen (not the pedophilia, but the celibacy) BY GOD, and given to us in the Scriptures.

    In Christ, Brother Don, Hermit

  62. Franklin P. Uroda Reply

    Marriage is a great Sacrament and it has two objectives: 1) The shared happiness, love, and welfare of the man and woman. 2) Begetting and rearing children. These are a full-time life committment. Holy Orders-Celibate Priesthood-has its own, full-time life committment of administering the Sacraments. Practically speaking, integrating the objectives of both of these Sacraments is seen-at present-as a problem too hot to handle. Although most priests, IMO, would deny it, the emphasis in a priest’s life is “Me, I’m special because the Lord has chosen me.” From its physical expression, and the theology of priesthood, this appears to be the truth. In the Sacrament of Marriage, the emphasis is on “We-Together, our love can make the world a better place.” The vast billions of people to come were to give testament to this charge given by God to His first couple (man and woman). And it remains so ’til this day.

  63. natale Reply

    It is only the ignorant people argue about religious practice while they are living in sinful state.
    No one is necessarily to debate about the teaching of the church.
    If you don’t like and can’t accept it leave it.
    No one in the church is a catholic by force.
    Take what is good for you and practice for your spiritual nourishment and growth.
    We are all human under the same sun.
    Christ is the only Way to solutions you are searching for. Never debate and argue and play your faith with the people.
    If you like and can accept just have faith and follow. If you don’t. Like and find it hard to accept it, just try to be agood and simple human being without pointing other’s weaknesses and frailties.
    God bless.

  64. Rebecca Reply

    I believe that if Catholic priests could marry, there would not have been( or will be) the problem of lust with sexual desires among priests and, therefore, child molestation. It is sin to physically and mentally damage a child or adult in this manner. Here I am also including homosexual sex activity with children or adults.. The covering up for these priests is also a sin and should be punished for both the priest who did the act and the ones who covered their sin.

    1. Fr. Joseph Reply

      The reality of the situation is much different than you suppose. The facts are clear that celibacy makes it much less likely that a priest will be a pedophile. Compare it to Protestant clergy who are almost always married. Among Protestant clergy the incidence of pedophilia is around 5%. Compare that to the celibate clergy which is about 1/2 of 1% who abuse children in this way. Statistically it is plain that celibacy is a great deterrent to this activity and does not contribute to it. The fact is that among Catholic priests the incidence of pedophilia is the lowest of among any profession. It is hard to argue with the facts which certainly puts such speculation fueled by prejudice to rest.. God bless!

      In Christ
      Fr. Joseph

  65. Jose B. Fuliga Reply

    If some men choose to be celibate because they believe they can better serve God and the church as a celibate, well and good. But if an institution like the church would impose such a rule (celibacy) to those who want to serve but also get married I think this is wrong. Marriage was established by God as a sacrament, no person or an institution should withhold it from those who want to receive this sacrament (marriage) and be ordained (also a sacrament). That would reduce the number of sacraments from seven to six for one cannot have both marriage and ordination.

  66. arawind Reply

    most of the priests in Pakistan are secretly married or having an good time with womens what to do about this ?with lot of church money. the pope is very quiet about this

  67. kingsmatter Reply

    My step father was Catholic and a very kind man but also very rigid in his beliefs, though he professed to never reading the Bible. I do believe you can’t pick and choose what you want to believe in the Bible. You either believe or you don’t. The Pharisees were called hypocrites because they taught the doctrines of men, rather than the message of God, which was mercy and forgiveness, which is all based on love for God and fellow man. Jesus gave two new commandments and that was to love God and love neighbour. He said that on these two commands the whole law hangs. This means that if we follow these commands we won’t need the Mosiac law. If we love our neighbour we won’t steal from him, won’t covet what is his, won’t commit adultery or harm our neighbour in any way. Much easier to remember the law of love than the 600+ commandments under the law.
    Because we were created with free will we alone make the choice of whether to serve God in the way that is acceptable to him or not. The angels had the same gift of free will and sadly some chose to follow a course of life alienated from God as well as humans.
    I guess what I am trying to say is this: While I don’t agree with the Catholic churches teaching on celibacy (1 Timothy 4:1-5), abstaining from meat on Friday, celebrating Christmas and Easter and a host of other celebrations that have been adopted from pagan rites, and which God has clearly told us to shun (Revelation 18:4) Trinity doctrine, which majority of Catholics I’ve spoken to don’t understand and is a man made doctrine (check the Catholic Encyclopedia as I have done), hell fire doctrine and purgatory, it is up to each individual to research themselves, for when Armageddon comes we can no longer plead ignorance. The majority of Christian religions are celebrating Christmas, when Christ was born in October, make alliances with political parties, and disobey Jesus’ commandment to return evil for evil to no one by blessing troops going to war. Can anyone really tell me, what side God is on, when innocent lives are lost on both sides?
    Mary was the mother of Jesus, not the mother of God, and did not remain a virgin for the Bible states that it was only after the birth of Jesus that she had intercourse with Joseph and went on to have at least six other children. God says no one is worthy of worship, except Himself as He is the Creator of all, and anyone who worships the creation, well their worship becomes invalid. So as Mary is part of creation, any prayers said to her have no meaning.
    I applaud the stance on homosexuality and abortion. God deplores both but as He has given them the choice of free will, we can only point out God’s view and leave the choice up to the individual.
    So the choice is yours readers, as to whether you want to follow something you don’t agree with because it doesn’t fit with what the Bible really teaches. God speaks to us today through the pages of the Bible. It is the best seller of all time and most homes have a copy, but sadly it sits on the shelves gathering dust. Life or death are in it’s pages and thankfully humans are not given the role of judging who is worthy but the guidelines are unmistakeable.
    Please make time to read God’s word daily and allow it to work in your lives. Happy reading.

    1. Joe Maranville Reply

      It seems as if you are going against your own policy of picking and choosing what you want to believe in Scripture. This is a common practice in the Protestant and Arian beliefs like the Jehovah Witnesses. You have so many errors in your understanding of Scriptures that it is difficult to decide where to start in helping you. If I were you I would be very careful in dismissing the Commandments of God.

      Indeed we do have free will to follow God and His Church or to reject it. He warns us in the Bible to be careful in doing so in that He calls the Church He established, the Catholic Church, the enduring “pillar and bulwark of the truth”. Jesus also prayed His last prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was crucified that we all be one in unity in His Church the Catholic Church. To be outside His Church is to be outside of His will according to Scripture.

      The idea that any practices of Christ’s Church being based on paganism is ridiculous in light of biblical teaching. The Pagans never celebrated the birth of Jesus nor His death. The Catholic teaching on celibacy is firmly based in Scripture. There are over 300 verses in Scripture that profess and teach the Trinity that you think Christians should ignore. Purgatory is similarly supported in Scripture to the point that it cannot be ignored as dogmatic teaching as is the doctrine on Hell which I can see from your writing that you are wishfully wanting it not to be true because of your views that put you firmly in apostasy. Unfortunately unless you repent you may learn first hand about Hell. Fundamentally, if you do not believe in Jesus being God and the 2nd person in the Trinity of the one God then you can have no heavenly hope but since you appear to be of one of the Arian sects like the Jehovah Witnesses it is understandable why they teach against Hell because they deny the fundamental teaching of Christianity that Jesus is God and the 2nd person in the Trinity of the one God. There is no biblical teaching that we are not to oppose evil as you surmise.

      The blessed Mother of Jesus is also the mother of God because Jesus is God incarnate and the 2nd person in the Trinity of the one God. The blessed Mother of God never had sexual relations with anyone and was a virgin her entire life. There is no evidence to the contrary but only supposition of heretics who want to question the fact that Jesus is God and the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins. Thus He brought us the Gospel. No Catholic worships the blessed mother as you suggest. http://fiatvolvntastua.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-blessed-mothers-perpetual-virginity.html

      Prayers to the saints indeed benefit us and we are taught in Scripture to pray for one another as the Body of Christ. The Bible teaches us that the prayers of the Saints are of great benefit to us.: http://fiatvolvntastua.blogspot.com/2009/06/its-ok-to-pray-to-saints.html

      It seems as if you do not recognize the order of teaching authority given in the Bible. The order of teaching authority is first Jesus, Second His Church and lastly the Bible discerned in the community of His Church. Remaining outside His Church you will never come into the fullness of truth. The Bible calls the Church the enduring Church that the “gates of Hell will never prevail against”. It further teaches that the Catholic Church is the “pillar and bulwark of the truth”. Jesus prayed to His Father that those who are His be one in His Church proclaiming His will.

      What you proclaim is the antithesis of what the Bible teaches which you believe to support your man-made doctrines. Every Catholic is read and taught God’s Word in its entirety every 3-4 years in Mass. And Catholic’s do individual Bible study. Protestant and restorationist sects never teach the entire Bible in a persons lifetime. You sound like an Arian and not a Christian in your false beliefs not supported in Scripture. I ask other Catholics here to pray for you to be delivered from the false religion that has you captive in thought and in deed. God bless!

      In Christ
      Fr. Joseph

  68. Jean MacGillis Reply

    Catholic priests are not bachelors. They are married men. They wear a wedding ring which they are not allowed to remove. They are married to the Church–the bride of Christ. The members of their flock are their children so they are also fathers.

    1. Vern Cox Reply

      The Bible left no room for the Papacy so you can’t say that the “Catholic Church” is married to Christ. We are ALL
      priests. Peter is always shown to be the first Pope and he was married. Paul’s celibacy was “his opinion” and “not of The Spirit”. That’s what he meant by referring to it “with permission”. He clearly stated that GOD preferred the opposite and even took it further to say “if a man can’t contain, let him marry”. Leader are to be married and that’s for ALL church leaders and the Papacy IS NOT in the Bible. Constantine made a mistake by introducing it.

  69. Jose Fuliga Reply

    God has given us seven sacraments. The church reduces them to six and asks us to choose: marriage or ordination. The church says: “you can’t have both.” You can’t have the freedom to choose is the church law. There are a good number of unmarried Protestant pastors but it is their choice not a church-imposed law. The Old Testament priests and prophets were married like St. Moses, St. Samuel; St. Zechariah (the father of John the Baptist), etc.

  70. mwania waema Reply

    it very clear that celibacy is denial for the purposes of committing oneself to the work of God.

  71. Jose B. Fuliga Reply

    In truth the Roman Catholic Church has reduced the seven sacraments to six. If you received the sacrament of ordination, you cannot receive the sacrament of matrimony and vice versa. Had the Catholic Church allowed priests to marry, there would be less sex scandals in the church and probably there would be no problem of the church having less priests. Had the church allowed priests to marry the million of dollars it paid the victims of clerical sexual abuses would still be in the treasury of the church. Many priests, bishops and popes were married before so why the change?

    1. thebaronessvonkorf Reply

      Actually, you can receive all of the sacraments if you are married and your wife dies. AND the Catholic church does allow married men to become priests. There are two ways for this to occur 1) They are not Roman Rite priest but Eastern Rite priests. or 2) they have dispensation from the Pope.

  72. pm Reply

    It says that the priest is married to christ, so the catholic church does allow same sex marriages. ..Nice!

  73. Rev .Dn.Joseph Pasquella Reply

    Regarding Priests and celibacy…Let us all be honest…We know from Church History that the Eastern Churches have always has married priests and still do today. And it is not true that Diocesan Priest do not own Property…I know lots of priests that own lots of money and property and wonderful cars etc.. Normally the priest should live in a rectory, but some do not even in my diocese of Buffalo.

    Being a deacon who serves in the Latin Church and who has faculties to also serve in the Greek Catholic Churches I have met many priests, and very few Greek Catholic Priests are single. They are wonderful holy and Godly Priests also.
    Next to zero problems with Homosexual and/or Effeminate priests because they are dismissed if such matters are discovered.
    Even in the Latin Church after the Council Of Elvira ( really a local Synod not an Ecumenical Council), there were still priests, deacons and bishops who had wives for sometime, but eventually Celibacy was imposed as a discipline ( not a dogma or doctrine), in the West, but not the Eastern Churches of the Byzantine Rite.

  74. marisol Reply

    Priests used to be able to marry in the church. When they died all of their homes and belongings would go to their wives. So the Catholic Church did not want this. That is why they stopped allowing priests to marry, so that when the priest died they would receive all of the priests belongings.

  75. Jolanta Reply

    Jesus, forgive them, they don’t know about the love which hermits and virgins, and many other saints had for you. And how much you give to those who make sacrifices in their lives…

  76. Joe Fuliga Reply

    Name Reign Relationship Offspring Notes
    Saint Peter (Simon Peter) — mother-in-law is mentioned in the Gospel verses Matthew 8:14–15, Luke 4:38, Mark 1:29–31 and who was healed by Jesus at her home in Capernaum. This clearly depicts Peter as a married man, and 1 Cor. 9:5 suggests Peter’s wife accompanied him on his mission. Clement of Alexandria wrote: “When the blessed Peter saw his own wife led out to die, he rejoiced because of her summons and her return home, and called to her very encouragingly and comfortingly, addressing her by name, and saying, ‘Remember the Lord.’ Such was the marriage of the blessed, and their perfect disposition toward those dearest to them.”[3] Yes[4] Later legends, dating from the 6th century onwards, suggested that Peter had a daughter – identified as Saint Petronilla. This, however, is likely to be a result of the similarity of their names.[5][6]
    Pope Hormisdas (514–523) married and widowed before he took Holy Orders Yes father of Pope Silverius.[7]
    Pope Adrian II (867–872) married to Stephania before he took Holy Orders,[8] she was still living when he was elected Pope and resided with him in the Lateran Palace Yes (a daughter) His wife and daughter both resided with him until they were murdered.[9]
    Pope John XVII (1003) married before his election as Pope Yes (three sons) all became priests.[10]
    Pope Clement IV (1265–1268) married before taking holy orders Yes (two daughters) both entered a convent[11]
    Pope Honorius IV (1285–1287) married before he took Holy Orders widowed before entered the clergy Yes at least two sons[12]

    Fathered illegitimate children before Holy Orders[edit]

    Name Reign Relationship Offspring Notes
    Pope Pius II (1458–1464) not married Yes at least two illegitimate children, one in Strasbourg and one in Scotland, both born before he entered the clergy. Delayed becoming a cleric because of the requirement of chastity.[13]
    Pope
    Check on the Internet “Married priests, bishops and popes. For over 1,000 years the Roman Catholic clergy – priests, bishops and popes were married.

  77. andrade Reply

    90% of roman catholic priest are hipocrate. Most of them are just LGBT character. Wolfs in sheep clothing’s. In most countries the RC Church is paying for their sexual abuse. All the best carry on with your abuse. In India we have have enough of sexual pervert priest. Spoiling the name of Christ. I have enough of catholics lay people who are casualties to RC priest sexual abuse who come to me for deliverance and healing. Most in the Catholic Church are just good fuel for the fire’s of hell.

  78. Blessed Anthony Reply

    In the first place catholic priest are the successor of Jesus Christ the everlasting priest HEB. 7: 15 28, HEB. 8:1 Christ as a priest did not marry. Even the disciples who had not married did not go on marrying and those who had married abandoned them, peter inclusive Matt. 19: 27- 29
    Jesus Christ called his decuples telling them that many people will not marry for the sake of the kingdom of God. Let he who is willing to accept this teaching do so. Jesus continued that this teaching is not apply for everyone but only those whom God has given it. (Matt. 19 11 12)

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