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  • The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is pretty much a one way street with regard to rules. That is to say: once an OFFICIAL rule (teaching, doctrine, dogma, or whatever they call them) has been established, the RCC doesn't change that rule. That rule is considered "permanent". SO, once the RCC established as an official rule that being celibate was a job requirement, that rule is pretty much guaranteed not to change. (Note: RCC priests CAN marry if they leave the priesthood, and there are a couple of rather unusual situations where a man can be married and be a priest). *** As startling examples of this "our rules don't change": there has been a tremendous shortage of priests since the 1950s, that shortage increasing quickly year after year. This shortage has existed throughout most of Europe and North America. Simple solutions to the severe shortage exist, and have ALL been refused because they violate existing rules. What solutions? Allowing priests to marry and allowing women to be priests. either or both of which are permitted in almost all other denominations. *** As an outsider looking in, this impresses me. Not that I agree with the celibacy rule. But, rather, that the RCC "sticks to their guns" when it comes to religious teachings. Very few other large Christian denominations do so. In most other large Christian denominations, any rule can be changed and is quickly changed if the existing rule in any way or for any reason reduces the numbers of "the flock" or works against the operation of the denomination. The RCC has had to shut down VERY MANY facilities purely because of the shortage of priests.
  • We have our "capital T" Traditions, and our "small t" traditions. Not ordaining women is a Capital T tradition which cannot be changed by papal decree. Celibacy in the priesthood is a "small t" tradition and can be changed or done away with. Here is an excerpt regarding this issue; "In 1075 Pope Gregory VII issued a decree effectively barring married priests from ministry, a discipline formalized by the First Lateran Council in 1123. Since then celibacy has been required of Roman Catholic priests, though the Catholic churches of the East have continued to allow priests to marry before their ordination." So, since a pope instituted the tradition, another pope can modify or eliminate it. It follows the teachings of St. Paul on the matter. Here is just one of his statements on it; "1 Corinthians 7:32-33 But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife," This is what Jesus said about it, "Matthew 19:10-12 The disciples *said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.” But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.” The Church expects Her priests to follow these teachings and accept them. Nobody goes into the priesthood unaware of the rules. I myself, as just 1 Catholic. don't care if the priest is married or not. The protestants seem to make it work.
  • What makes you assume they are healthier if they are married? In several places in The Bible it cautions us not to marry. 1 Corr. and Matthew for example.
    • Linda Joy
      And Peter doesn't have an 's' on the end of his name.
  • Yes I think so

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