02 May 2008
A Modest Proposal for Married Priests from the Womenpriest Site
I have a reader who sends me so many good items to post that when I retire from blogging (or my wife kills me) I am turning over Saint Louis Catholic to him.
This beauty (modeled on Swift's famous "modest proposal") is well worth reading. I don't know the identity of the writer, or would give credit. After posting this, the writer was smothered with love from the ladies on the site, who I think are trying to "dialog" with him.
PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING THIS PETITION FOR MARRIED PRIESTS
Holy Father, we believe that now is time to open the priesthood to married men. Many parishes are closing because of the priest shortage and allowing married men to join their celibate brothers in ordained ministry will provide additional millions of Catholics access to the Mass and the sacraments.
Making this extraordinary change now will demonstrate that Church leaders listen to the sensus fidelium (the Vatican-II-Spirit-inspired beliefs of the faithful). It will demonstrate that the Church can respond boldly to one of the major challenges that we, the people of God, face together. It will provide much needed hope to many Catholics who feel a deep sense of betrayal and alienation because of the scandal of clergy sex abuse of children and its coverup by many church officials. If this request is followed we will be able to expand just as fast as the Orthodox and Anglicans are currently expanding.
Sign the petition: Full Name
Because I fully support a married priesthood here is my credit card information so a suitable amount can be deducted each month to ensure the priest can support his family. This money will be used for buying/renting appropriate housing since the rectory will not be suitable. Health care, groceries, Catholic schooling and higher education and enough money to sufficiently supply a hopefully large Catholic family. In addition married Bishops will need a sufficiently large allowance so that they make take their families on Ad Limina visits and other occasions. If a Pope decides to get married please deduct a sufficient amount to make over the Papal apartments and to provide his and her popemobiles for Holy Father Family outings.
Card Number Visa Mastercard Discover American Express Card Type Expiration Date: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Month Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2300
I waive the right to see a priest in other than normal working hours. After all he needs to take care of his family first and the spiritual care of his flock must be considered second place. I promise not to be scandalized if the priest's marriage ends in civil divorce and if the marriage is annulled I will contribute financially to help support both his previous family and new one. Please remove the following line from 1st Corinthians " The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided." and from Mathew 19 "and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven."