Husband-Priest: No more celibacy?
IS it okay for a husband to become a priest? Should priests be allowed to get married? I love you Pope Francis! I know that in our midst there are men who belong to the “viriprobati” (married men of great faith). A good husband of strong faith who is an ideal father of a family is needed in our Catholic Church to be an ideal priest for the faithful.
We have good priests who have been serving the flock of Christ. They, too, have their biological needs… and have the willingness to partake in the legal and normal process of “go and multiply.” Why should we oblige them “to be boxed” in celibacy. The imposition of celibacy by the Church (not by God) to our priests has already created “discreet scandal.” We all know that there are good priest in our parishes who have children. I call it “spiritual accident.”
It is hard to believe that a charismatic priest will not be courted by the young beautiful women in the parishes. I call it “mutual admiration begets mutual admiration.” A human priest is a normal being. He experiences erection and wet dreams.
He cannot just play his toy while mouthing a litany of ejaculations for the saints. Just like water in the river, that emotion will flow in low-lying areas to find its level. We have heard of scandals that women (hopefully young) get inside the room of the priest in a convent and stay there for two hours.
We cannot just conclude that they are praying the rosary. There are ministers and pastors serving other religions who are perceived to be happy husbands.
Their wives and children become part of their congregation. My grandfather, Padre Leon Fabillar, was an Aglipayan priest. He was assigned in several missions and churches in Panay. He was well-loved by his parishioners. His second wife (Cerela) took good care of mother and me when he died. It was rumored that women were running after him in his younger days. That could be another story.
The church dogma (that includes celibacy) sometimes made the normal life of the ordinary priests abnormal. We are even tempted to believe that Jesus Christ had a “companion” during his 33-year stay on earth. The Jesus that we know lived a conventional life by being closer to women.
When he was nailed on the elevated log he was accompanied by women up to his death. That simply goes to show that in every rise and fall of a man there are always women around. SSBacolod