"Celibacy isn't practiced there in large measure," says Mc Brien. Most of the men who left the priesthood did so over the celibacy issue and to them, this is a double standard. Are we talking out of both sides of our mouth, Mother Church? Ganim left the priesthood years ago to have a wife and a family."The people understand that the priest has his 'wife'…his children, his family. The Church chooses to ignore that situation, says Mc Brien. He's bitter the Church will not recognize what he believes is his calling. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says it is unlikely that a new pope would do something radical in an institution that usually changes over centuries instead of years.I felt a small tug of personal loss when author Colleen Mc Cullough passed away last week.
But in other ways, my story was nothing like that romance. I was in the middle of a breakup from an abusive, drug-addicted boyfriend when I first went to Father W for counseling ...
While dating is part of life it should, like marriage, not be your only social outlet.
Even marriages require that the spouses keep their outside friendships to prevent the spouses becoming stale and narrow, and while friendships must never disempower a marriage, dating should not disempower friendships.
" [Making celibacy optional] would allow…a far wider pool of potential recruits…We're running out of good priests," says Mc Brien.
Another factor in the demise of mandatory celibacy, according to Mc Brien, is that many priests, especially in Latin America and Africa, ignore the rule anyway.