Marysville church’s Catholic priest brings along his wife
Karin McMicheal with her husband, the Rev. Tom McMichael, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marysville. McMichael converted from the Lutheran Church and has served St. Mary’s for a year. Photo: Kevin Clark / The Herald
MARYSVILLE — When the Rev. Tom McMichael arrived at St. Mary Catholic Church in January, he had already introduced himself in a “Pastor’s Page” letter on the parish website. In his note, he wrote of looking forward “with joy and hope” to serving at the church. And he added a surprising detail: “I am a Catholic priest and I am married.”
CITI (Celibacy Is The Issue/Community is The Intent) is a lay organization calling married Roman Catholic priests back into ministry to serve the spiritual needs of the people of God. According to church law (canon law), “After it has been validly received sacred ordination never becomes invalid.” Canon 290 Therefore, married priests are not “ex” or “former” priests, they are still priests. Please join CITI if you are someone who supports a married priesthood or if you are a resigned priest who has been validly ordained in the Roman Catholic rite. Description of their website page ‘About us’ to follow, please visit their site! Continue reading →
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – News 4 first introduced you to Frank and Mary Ann Endres earlier this month. The former Priest and Nun met in a Buffalo catholic church more then 45 years ago. They made the decision to leave the Catholic Church. Now they’re fighting for the “married Priesthood.”
Those who want to overturn the ancient discipline are energetic, well organised and influential. But can they persuade Pope Francis to make such a radical change?
by Jon Anderson,
Priests lie on the floor as Pope Francis leads a Mass during their ordination ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica (AP Photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Pool)
The Catholic Church is once again embroiled in arguments about whether priestly celibacy has a place in today’s world. As Catholicism in most Western countries faces a rapidly ageing priesthood, a severe shortage of vocations and declining congregations, abolishing or at least relaxing the ancient rule has become a major item on the agenda of those who advocate large-scale change in the Church. Moreover, the very idea of requiring perpetual celibacy from the clergy seems odd to today’s secular society.Continue reading →
Emotionally charged letters sent by Pope John Paul II to a married woman have shed new light on the pontiff’s personal life and raised questions about the meaning of celibacy.
Tymieniecka and Cardinal Karol Wojtyla in 1977Photograph provided by Bill and Jadwiga Smith
His relationship with Polish-born American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka lasted more than 30 years, and researchers believe Ms Tymieniecka fell in love with the future Pope, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, in the early days of their friendship.
In the accounts of a German theologian and a Brazilian bishop, Francis’s plan to allow local exceptions to the norm of clerical celibacy. Beginning with the Amazon.
An exchange of letters, a conversation, and an innovation already become law confirm the intentions of Pope Francis to extend the presence of married clergy in the Catholic Church, as already anticipated in this article from www.chiesa: The Next Synod Is Already in the Works. On Married Priests
One of the most carefully fostered aspects of the image of the Catholic priest is that he is without a wife.
The sick call by Matthew Lawless. (Courtesy of The National Gallery of Ireland)
by Professor Thomas O’Loughlin, 1995,
Indeed, this image has been built up by the church administration as an essential part of its own esprit de corps. In recent centuries, certainly since clerical problems in mid-eighteenth-century France, church authorities have perceived in celibacy a badge of identity for its officers and presented it as representing a willingness to pay any price for the survival of their religious system. Popes have spoken of it as ‘the jewel in the crown of the priesthood’. And some, notably Pope Gregory XVI in 1832 and Pius IX in 1846, have suspected that attacks on celibacy were part of a vast conspiracy to undermine Catholicism.
When anyone asks what my father does, I say he’s a retired teacher. He did, after all, teach high school science and Latin, so I’m not lying. I’m just not telling the whole story: My father, married to my mother for 45 years, is a Catholic priest.
Few Catholics, and fewer non-Catholics, know that the rule of celibacy for Catholic priests is not absolute.
The following is an excerpt from Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests by D. Paul Sullins (Oxford University Press, 2016): “Wait—what?! How can that be? Priests can’t be married.” Carlos, a well-educated traditional Catholic Hispanic man, had just heard me, a Catholic priest, casually refer to my wife.