Marriage is allowed in some cases within the church already. The English Catholic church has accepted married former Anglican priests, under a policy introduced in 2011 by the present pope, Benedict XVI.
Hmmm....But the Scriptures say:Never gonna happen. That Cardinal does not speak for the church.
The scriptures are rather clear, celibacy is preferred for all clergy.
1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, ...
1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
They don't. The Roman Catholic church decided early on that celibacy was preferred.
A priest is to take up his cross, deny the world and follow Jesus. How is he to do that with wife and kiddies?
If he has a wife he has more than embraced the world.
The author is NOT a Protestant.All Christians are called to be perfect, and in that sense all Christian moral doctrine is unrealistic. But there are some forms of perfection that are damaging to try for. The demand that all Catholic clergy should live as if sex were something that only ever happened to other people is one of those. It has outlived its usefulness and is now an engine of cruelty and hypocrisy. It's a very great shame that O'Brien's fall will be used by the Vatican's enemies of progress to discredit his brave and sensible suggestion last week that the celibacy of the priesthood be reconsidered.
That is a sad claim and perhaps an unconscious slur against fellow Catholics. To say a lay Catholic does not serve God is a scary idea, to me.Piety is service to God. The vast majority of what the laity do is of no service to God.
It involves sacrifice, something that most are not willing to do.