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A Catholic priest in Australia has confessed to the public that he was secretly married last year. Now former Father Kevin Lee of Padre Pio parish in Glenmore Park, Australia, says the Church should relax its rules on celbacy for priests.  Continue Reading

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  1. Narob
    2 years ago

    He made choice, he broke his vows and now must go.

  2. mgm.
    2 years ago

    Was'nt celbacy a medieval law enforced to counter the fact that Churchmen were looking out for their family members by placing them in postions in the Church it was enforce to insure Churchmen looked out after their people and the Church's interest first?Like posted below why should Eastern Rite be allowed to marry and Latin not. Church leadership positions are not handed out to priest because their uncle is the Duke of Burgundy anymore.

  3. RG
    2 years ago

    Well, I am one of Father Kev's parishioners and a friend of his. It is true that basically no one knew that he had done this. I was aware that he was looking into the conduct of other priests for a few months now.
    I am upset by all that is happened but I would like to remind you all that, regardless of what he has done and the fact that he has probably caused his excommunication by this, he is still a consecrated priest of God and we need to still afford him respect for Christ's sake. In a movie on St Padre Pio, incidently the patron that Father Kevin chose when helping establish our parish at Glenmore Park, Padre Pio severely upbraids a man who is openly disrespectful to the Bishop who is a fornicator, demanding respect for the man because of his office. I am not saying that any of you are being disrespectful to God through Father Kev, but I am just cautioning not to take this too far.
    Father Kevin is a good man who has strived frustratingly to encourage the parishioners to develop more than a superficicial faith, to be more spiritual and to grow in their knowledge of God. In these actions I have fully supported him and have always been honoured to call him my friend.
    Now, he has revealled to us what he has done and has gone on to cause this division (I have been into chat-rooms that are definitely on the other side of the coin as well as this one). It is a tragedy and so I ask that, instead of continuing to post speculation and comment here, we simply place the situation before God, pray hard, and leave the sorting out of this to God, through His Church. As the wise Tyburn Mother I was with at the time of the revelation said "When they ask us why this has happened, we should simply and wisely respond "I don't know - but pray""!

  4. stefanie
    2 years ago

    How can you trust a mans marital vows, if he's just broken his priesthood vows?

  5. stanmill
    2 years ago

    im not opposing the teachings of the church,
    just pointing out that the priest of israel
    where not celibate by and large. the first
    high priest arron, had at least two sons.

  6. Nicholas Smith
    2 years ago

    I am disgusted by the treachery of Fr Kevin Lee.

    I live in Sydney and I met Fr Kevin last year when he lead the pilgrimage to St Mary's Cathedral from Granville. He seemed like a good and holy priest then but to find out now that at the very time he was leading us he was "married" and in leading a disordered lifestyle is shocking - such rank hypocrisy would have made even the worst pharisees blush.

    Not content with that though he has now gone and followed his spiritual father Judas and sold out the Church and his brother priests for his thirty pieces of silver in the form of paid interviews and book deals with an anti-Catholic media. He has slandered his brother priests by saying that most of them lead double lives, created a huge mess for Bishop Fisher of Parramatta to clean up and who knows how many of his flock have had their faith shaken or been lead astray by this charismatic and errant priest.

    May God have mercy of Fr Kevin.

  7. Mark m
    2 years ago

    Is he doing this for God's glory? Or his own?
    Priest get much less than they deserve...at least here on earth. I recognize that. We all do. Under appreciated. Yes. That, like the under appreciation people had for our Lord, is addressed directly by God. But the corporate mentality this person indicates is not for religious life, but to give himself a reward for a job. Sad as he serves others.
    Maybe he should have been a baptist.

  8. Tutis
    2 years ago

    Luke Chp 18:29 He said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30who will not receive [back] an overabundant return in this present age and eternal life in the age to come.”

    We should continue to pray for all our faithful priest, Bishops. May they be ever filled with the HOly Spirit, and contiune to pray the Rosery 25/7. May Gob Bless you'll, and thankyou all for being a priest and your great sacrifice.

  9. ninov
    2 years ago

    @ Jan and Diane…celibacy is a man made law? Really? Let’s start with Jesus himself…did he have conjugal relations, children….no. Let’s move on to the only other sinless person…Mary….no relations…her perpetual virginity is consider one of the 4 great gifts to Mary by the Church…so the two highest forms of humanity we know were both celibate. I wonder what that is telling us. How about the apostles…from tradition…we see nothing of families….and in the earliest of church times, the bishops were not married. These were the people closest to the apostles.

    How about St. Paul….he was a celibate, in fact, he praises such a lifestyle in 1 COR 7. Here’s the passage.
    1 COR 7 I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own special gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.

    So right out of the Bible, we see celibacy. If you believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God, then we see a clear indication that God Himself is praising all forms of relations, including celibacy. Paul doesn’t slam marriage at all, in fact if you read the entire passage, he sets out some clear guidelines to follow, but clearly, he proclaims his celibacy and then says it is a great gift.

    But wait, there’s more, here are Christ words directly from Mt 19 11-12

    For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.”

    Still think this is man-made? We Catholic really need to do a better job at knowing our faith before coming on a site and proclaiming our own gospel. This is basic stuff and we all should know it.

    A few more things you may want to review, given by the official teaching authority of the church, the Catechism. CCC915, 1579, 1580, 1599, 2349, CCC922-924 is one of my favorites which involves men and women – consecrated virgins, a lost gift in our culture today.

  10. ninov
    2 years ago

    @ Joseph. What are you talking about. V2 was a valid church council. If you reject it, you are not Catholic. I’ve read the V2 docs and much of it is about Mary for one and is great reading. Because this priest is disobedient has NOTHING to do with V2. There were disobedient priests prior to V2 as well. If you are going to slam an officially church document, council, etc, why don’t you quote the exact document and source you disagree with, then realize you are putting yourself out of the one, holy and apostolic church’s visible boundaries. Benedict has affirmed the council’s teachings in many of his books. Best to read the Ratzinger report and then read the CCC on the 4 levels of teaching and obedience we must have.


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