Monday, November 14, 2005

My letter to the editor

In his letter ("Hierarchy wants control," Nov 8) that the Catholic Church is afraid of women priests, Mike opines from a humanistic perspective. But as often is the case, this is similar to looking through the wrong end of the telescope. The view is very narrow.First, married priest would likely lead to greater loyalty, even sucking up, to the bishop. Celibate priests can readily be moved from parish to parish, but a married priest would be burdened greatly by a move. So desire for stability or prime locations would be a greater influence. A priest has a family and it is his parish. Adding another family reminds me of the verse that a man cannot serve two masters.

Women priests are not feared, they are impossible. The priest represents Christ, the Church represents the Bride of Christ. Female priests would equal a homosexual relationship and as Mike alluded, that is incompatible with the Christian faith.

Thirdly, there was no tacit approval of gay priests.

Nay, this wasn't about control, The Church is concerned about our salvation. But Her perspective is from the correct end of the telescope.

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