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Posted on March 23, 2009 | tags


U.S.: A departing New York cardinal spices up the priestly celibacy debate

  • Hey, priests should have laaaaaaadies, too! Amid all the hullabaloo around the retirement of Edward M. Egan, some spare comments he made about allowing priests to marry has relit the flame to a long-standing debate in the Catholic Church. Egan told an Albany radio station regarding celibacy, “I think that it’s going to be discussed; it’s a perfectly legitimate discussion.” Allowing marriage might help reverse the shortage of priests that’s been dogging parishes lately. This may not happen, though. The Church doesn’t back down very easily. source