Sunday, May 20, 2012

Greek priest and his wife.
A very good friend of mine posts an article of interest to Eastern Catholics and to Eastern Orthodoxy, which has been having conversations about reuniting with Rome.  My friend is concerned about the Vatican encouraging Eastern Catholic priestly candidates in the USA to "embrace celibacy."  

http://orthocath.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/rome-to-us-eastern-catholics-new-priests-should-embrace-celibacy/

The reasoning is the "norm" in the USA is celibacy in the priesthood.  I truly don't see this encouragement being any different from St. Paul's "encouragement" in 1 Corinthians 7:7-8 - 

For I would that all men were even as myself: but every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that.But I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: It is good for them if they so continue, even as I.
Again, this is not a world-wide statement from the Vatican, but directed toward priestly candidates in the United States among Eastern Catholics - because it is the norm in the USA among Catholics.  Certainly there have been exceptions to the "rule" - and sometimes methinks the East protesteth too much.
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