28 February 2014
Mass Hysteria in the Media as Church Does Something Not Exceptionally Newsworthy
STLToday locally, and the national press too, are doing their level best to gin up a titillating groundswell to overturn the Latin discipline of priestly celibacy because one Eastern Rite Catholic married man was ordained a priest here in St. Louis. Fr. Wissam Akiki is a priest of the Maronite Rite. Maronite married men are ordained priests all the time. Not news.
The only newsworthy thing about it is that from the early twentieth century, for prudential reasons, it was not thought wise to ordained married Eastern Rite Catholic men in the United States. Maybe because the Church thought it might engender some confusion. Huh. Ya think?
From ABC News: "This is certainly not an automatic indication that the mandate of celibacy within Roman rite will be overturned," said Randy Rosenberg, a theological studies professor at Saint Louis University.
Ah, Saint Louis University, that Jesuit bastion of orthodoxy and obedience to the Church-- and of humble obedience to our own Pope, the man taken from the ranks of the Jesuits. Not an automatic indication? Oh good. What a relief!
Here is the hysterical STLToday piece.
Here is the St. Louis Review's attempt to set the record straight.
And, of all places, the RFT Blog does a better job than the mainstream press.