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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. Jim Fiorentini
    2 years ago

    I stand with the priests! The Catholic Church ban on married priests is not absolute, we have plenty of married Catholic priests right now, today. Former Episcopal priests are allowed to join the Church and remain married. There are, by estimate, about 50 former Espiscopal married Roman Catholic priests in the United States.

    Members of the Eastern rites including Maronite and Ukranian Catholics, among others, are allowed to have married priests and there are many such married Roman Catholic priests throughout the world from the Eastern rites.

    If the requirement of celibacy was really a crucial element of the priesthood, which historically it has not been, then it would be universal which it is not. Married priests such as the one we have today serve God and their parishioners quite well. They set an example to the rest of us as to how we can allow married priests and the Church still function. If it were God's will that there be no married priests, why are there so many exceptions to God's will?

    The only thing that the priest in Australia did wrong was to belong to the wrong order. Had he married first, then joined the priesthood as a Maronite, Ukranian or other Eastern rites order, he would be a priest and with his family today and no one would say a word.

    I for one hope that the Church will recognize that it is time for the Church to extend the exceptions they made long ago, and allow married priests to serve us.

  2. Dr. Ferdinand Cassar Torreggiani
    2 years ago

    Father Kevin Lee is scandalising his parishioners and causing tremendous harm to the Catholic faith. If he wanted to get married he should not have become a priest. I feel that men like father Lee become priests just for the status it gives them and not for the love of God. Father Kevin Lee is excommunicating himself. He should repent as he is endangering his soul.

  3. johnny
    2 years ago

    if you could not keep up with your vow, it is not for the RC establishment to bend on your wishes. it is you who have to get out.

  4. Joseph
    2 years ago

    The whole Vatican II 'if it feels good do it' mentality has to be finally and ruthlessly ditched - it has brought nothing but shame, scandal and dishonour to the Church. Benedict XVI is doing sterling work in clearly stating that the trendy Vatican II period is dead in the water. Over. Finished. Kaputt. Time to get back to who we really are: the Church of God on planet Earth - disciplined, focused, obedient and self-giving. And if any lingering, self-deceiving locked-in-a-time-warp 1970s trendies don't like it? Out the door they go.

  5. Deanne
    2 years ago

    These dissident priests are allowing themselves to be used by the devil as wolves to confuse the sheep and scatter the flock. satan is trying in every way to infiltrate the Catholic Church but Jesus said that the gates of hell will never prevail against it and His Word is True.

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