Leading Catholic Academic Calls for Married Priests

The Tablet: A leading academic has said the Catholic Church urgently needs to overturn its centuries-old ban on ordaining married men to ease the shortage of priests and better relate to the faithful. Writing in The Tablet this week John Haldane, Professor of philosophy at the University of St Andrews, states: “The time is overdue…

Married Man Forges Path to Catholic Priesthood

KEYC has the report: As the Pastor at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia, Father Larry Blake says the weekly children’s mass is one of his favorites. “I thought to myself this is great to be able to do this with them,” said Fr. Blake. We caught up with him at a service was earlier this…

Being a Catholic Priest—and Married

Fr Richard Cipolla: My experience as a married Catholic priest for 28 years brings to mind several thoughts, both practical and spiritual. First, the church must support new priests’ families financially. During my first years as a married Catholic priest, there were times when we could not pay the heating bill. When I was ordained,…

Married Priest: ‘Single Clergy Better Placed to Serve God’

A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes. The BBC reports: A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes. Father Paul Blackburn is the most recently…