The Catholic Church actually has quite a number of married priests. They’ve all been married while outside the Church and then entered the Catholic Priesthood. Sure, it’s rare, but it happens. And it has happened again:
In a rare move that needed the pope’s approval, a Lutheran convert is being ordained as a Catholic priest in Germany and is being allowed to remain married to his wife — who has already become a nun. The Cologne archdiocese said 61-year-old Harm Klueting is to be ordained as a Catholic priest Tuesday. Pope Benedict XVI gave him a special permission to remain married to his wife Edeltraut Klueting, who became a Catholic Carmelite nun in 2004. The couple has two grown children. Klueting and his wife were both Lutherans when they married in 1977 and both converted to Catholicism several years ago.
If the Catholic Church admits to the priesthood men who are married, why doesn’t it allow its own priests to marry? It really isn’t consistent and it makes no sense.
Rome, let your priests marry. Since the Reformation you’ve been asked to. It’s time. It’s better, to borrow Paul’s phrase, ‘to marry than to burn’!
- Married German being ordained Catholic priest (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Anglican bishops ordained as Catholic priests in London (reuters.com)
- Choosing between marriage and faith (religion.blogs.cnn.com)