Again, Glo....we are discussing the regular parish priest.....not the bishop. This is where problems seem to stem for your church.
The Roman catholic church, and to a large extent the Orthodox and Coptic churches believe that to be a true servant of Christ you must "accept it" and be celibate. If the Protestants wish to serve God and wife/family then that is their issue.
To achieve real piety a person cannot have attachments to the world. Unless you have been around the truly pious you will never comprehend the difference. The Athonite Monks for example are truly "friends of God", not just a bunch of nice guys in funny clothes. They have a level of spirituality that cannot be developed when you live with home/wife/children and all the worldly trapping that family life entails.
http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/10359Nigrizia (The Italian RCC magazine published by the fathers of Comboni, a religious congregation founded in the 19th century that has missions in Africa) says that in Africa there are many priests who stick faithfully to celibacy but added that in many African countries, cultural factors make acceptance of the "Tridentine priest", or celibate priest difficult. .
"Many people know that today the phenomenon of priests and bishops having family is widespread in Africa," the magazine said.
It added that in May 2009 the Pope pressured two bishops to resign in the Central African Republic because they had wives and children.
At the same time priests in two dioceses defended their bishops and criticised the Vatican decision, the publication stated.
"These scandals oblige those responsible in the church to ask themselves about the exactness of the model of the priest and of the pastor coming from the Tridentine Reformation. It is a model which has its advantages and which gave great results. But is it a model valid everywhere and for all?"
The challenge of African clerical celibacy has been highlighted by Emmanuel Milingo, the former archbishop of Lusaka, in Zambia, who in 2001 challenged the Holy See by marrying.
Although he later repented and abandoned his wife in 2006, Milingo went back to her and has frequently defended his actions publicly. The Pope excommunicated him.
Gotta agree with ya there!Rusty, I'll have to agree with you on the one point. If the Roman Catholic church could see fit to accept the Orthodox
point of view on priestly marriage it would solve a few problems. However, change is slow and unlikely on certain points, and this one has been a sticking point for some time. That, and that the proponents of this change (on the Catholic side) have not been the most pure and moral.
"The Rome gathering is already overshadowed by allegations of scandal, intrigue and betrayal among the Vatican hierarchy.
"The credibility of the Roman Catholic Church will be further damaged by Cardinal O'Brien's confession of inappropriate sexual behaviour."
This?:Didn't Paul say something about not letting priest's fall into sin by 'not' marrying somewhere? I can't remember the book...
1, 2 Timothy, Titus?
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
I mean of OT priests married, and Paul nor Jesus commanded against it; where did the command come from? It would appear to be a doctrine of men and not of God-in my opinion.
They don't. The Roman Catholic church decided early on that celibacy was preferred.