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Should Catholic priests be allowed to married?
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Well I was from a Protestant Lutheran tradition, where the Pastors are allowed to marry, so I don't see why they shouldn't.

In fact if I remember correctly Catholic priests were originally allowed to marry until the church said they had to be celibate. Someone find a source if possible.
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They should be because if they don't, they pretty much become pedofils. The numerous cases that are accumulating are quite disturbing!!

I agree with the guy ^^^^
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yea let them marry and have all the sex they want.
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i say why not
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yes...
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Priests are "impersona Christi" which means "in Christ's person". Priests do not get married because they give up their lives to the Lord in order to be as Christ to everyone. Jesus did not get married to a woman, he got married to the church. And that is what priests do. When they get ordained, they get married to the church. Do you think that if priests wanted to get married, that they would become a priest? The priesthood is for men who get called to it. Not someone who is like, "Oh, I guess I'll try it out, and if I don't like it, then..well...I'll quit." I really don't think that most of you really know much about the Catholic religion, (I could be wrong), but I shall ask this question: how many of you are Catholic?
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^ I'm catholic, and one of the things thats destroying the religion itself is it's strict adherence to the rules and it's inability to adapt to modern times.

And while your explanation makes sense, as it's textbook quality, it doesn't mean that it's true. If these catholic priests were able to be with women, or just be sexual at all, they would be less inclined to snap and touch little boys. Human beings were not meant to the celibate...it goes against our very nature. And to say that a priest should be deprived because he "marrying jesus" or whatever is rediculous. I understand that it's their choice and they go into it knowing that they won't ever be able to be with a woman, but I wonder how many of them actually think...think really hard about that reality.

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TrueKyoLover wrote:

Priests are "impersona Christi" which means "in Christ's person". Priests do not get married because they give up their lives to the Lord in order to be as Christ to everyone. Jesus did not get married to a woman, he got married to the church. And that is what priests do. When they get ordained, they get married to the church. Do you think that if priests wanted to get married, that they would become a priest? The priesthood is for men who get called to it. Not someone who is like, "Oh, I guess I'll try it out, and if I don't like it, then..well...I'll quit." I really don't think that most of you really know much about the Catholic religion, (I could be wrong), but I shall ask this question: how many of you are Catholic?


I'm not, but I am curious. So here's a question directed to Catholics, that is something I truly want to be enlightened on. It may sound offending, but I'm asking you to educate me here!

Where exactly do you get some of your strange traditions that do not even appear in the bible? (of course I only know about the original manuscripts second hand, from a religion professor at my father’s college) A lot of the things Catholics do, or preach, or order other people seem to be things instilled by men, and not God.

For example, there was a time (it may have been abolished cuz I’m talking like… around Bartholomew’s Day Massacre) when the Catholic church was teaching that people had to -pay- to get indulgences in order to be forgiven for their sin. Now they have some strange ladder structure in their church that I don’t understand. Like exalting the pope, treating him as superior, when the bible says “God does not show favoritism” and that all men are lowly.

Also, what exactly happened between the Catholic and Muslim community. Muslims seem to be at Catholic necks all the time for no apparent reason. Of course there was the Crusades, but I seriously doubt they are holding a grudge from that far back. Seriously though, Catholics seem to be getting a severely bad rep for no apparent reason..




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actually catholic priests were allowed to marry once upon a time. Holy mother church took away that right because when a man became a priest the church was obligated to give him a parcel of land. However, when the priest died...the land would be passed onto his children....the church felt that this was far too costly so, the came up with this new bylaw that stated that men of the cloth should remain chaste in order to demonstrate their commitment to the lord. Wow, makes you proud to be catholic, huh?

Sereph, I don't consider myself an expert on catholism or anything... but in the course of my studies and thanks to the fact that I was raised in a Catholic household and went to Catholic school during my formative years I have a little insight. Honestly, you're right...they do run the church by human standards of morality which more often than not are motivated by finances rather than "the Word."
Here's a fun fact...the church now says that it's okay for a woman to obtain a divorce and remarry and not be considered an adulteress...as long as she never consummates the relationship. The minute they have sex...she's condemned to the fires of hell. Also, can somebody explain to me that if God is infallible...and God created all of us in his image...why does the church comndemn homosexuality. Since it's been medically proven that homosexuality can be explained physiologically, doesn't that mean that God's divine plan is flawed? So many lovely contradictions.
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They have sexy time with little kids now.
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24 / F / Arkansas
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Have you ever read the Catholic bible? If you haven't, you may see something different. There is more books. That happened when Martin Luther decided to seperate from the Catholic Church. (If you already knew that, then good for you! ^-^) When Martin Luther left the Church, he took the books out of the bible that dealt with the eucharist, saints, etc. Then he formed the Lutherin Church. What kind of traditions do you mean? Do you mean like Lent, or what?

About "the Catholic church was teaching that people had to -pay- to get indulgences in order to be forgiven for their sin.", I never heard of that before, but I shall ask our Monsignor about it. And about the Pope. We do not praise him. Same with saints. We don't praise them either. I am a convert, and I myself don't really know why they hold the pope in such high power, but I do know, (of course) why he is important. I don't really know about the "feud" between the Catholics and Muslims. And in my town, Catholics are discriminated because we pray to Mary, and Saints and stuff. We have a hard time explaining that we do not worship them, we just ask them to pray for us, because they are close to God. Asking Mary, or St. Francis of Assissi, or Padre Pio, or St. Anthony of Padua, etc, is just like asking someone in your church to pray for your family or you or whatever. Just Mary and them are closer. If I didn't answer any of your other questions, is because I don't know the answer, so I shall ask our priests.
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n0odle wrote:

They have sexy time with little kids now.


lol, sexy time. Borat rocks

I'm not catholic, so my comments won't mean much, but I think they should be allowed to get married. The catholic religion keeps most of its traditions, so they probably won't change this rule.
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starcrossed23 wrote:

Here's a fun fact...the church now says that it's okay for a woman to obtain a divorce and remarry and not be considered an adulteress...as long as she never consummates the relationship. The minute they have sex...she's condemned to the fires of hell. quote]




If a woman gets married, and then gets divorced, then gets remarried and has sex with that guy, then THAT is committing adultery. However, if after the divorce, she gets an annulment, (that means that according to the Church she was never married) then gets remarried and has sex, then that is NOT commiting adultery, because she got that annulment.
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27 / M / Philippines
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Yes
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33 / F / Earth
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I don't really understand why they aren't to be honest. I'm Greek Orthodox and the priests there have to be married.
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