A Call Over a Bride

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There are many married clergymen throughout the world, mostly Lutheran or Anglican (Pinto). The Catholic Church still requires its priests and bishops to remain unmarried, though there are many married priests that converted from Anglican or Lutheran. The number of vocations in the Catholic Church is decreasing, which one Lutheran argues, is caused by “men who, when needing to make a choice, opt for a bride over a call” (Hoh). So, if priests could get married, more people would answer the call (Hoh). Contrarily, celibacy is a sacrifice the priest makes for God, and if the priests were to get married, he and his family would have many problems that others don’t. According to one writer, at first, the church allowed priests to be married, but then saw that celibacy gives a better example of Jesus’ life. He also states “celibacy is a discipline, not a dogma” (Pinto). The church does allow exceptions. For example, of the married priests in the Catholic Church, some are from the Eastern rite and others were protestant ministers (Pinto). Austin Cline, a scholar, states a good argument for and against married clergy in the Church: “Defenders of celibacy rely heavily on Matthew 19:12, where Jesus is quoted as saying that ‘...they have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept this.’ Here, ‘eunuchs’ is interpreted to be a reference renouncing marriage and being celibate, but if Jesus placed such a high value on celibacy, why were most if not all of his apostles married? It's implausible that unmarried followers could not be found, so it's implausible that celibacy was required” (Married). Another writer, David Macdonald, cites 1 Tim 3:2 and Titus 1:6 to show that a clergyman... ... middle of paper ... ...ilosophy. Web. 16 Mar. 2010. . ---. "Married Catholic Priests: Why Are Some Catholic Priests Married? Will Celibacy Remain a Requirement?" Agnosticism / Atheism - Free Inquiry, Skepticism, Atheism, Religious Philosophy. Web. 16 Mar. 2010. . Hoh, John. "Married Priests?A Lutheran Perspective." Suite101.com: Online Magazine and Writers' Network. Web. 16 Mar. 2010. . Macdonald, David. "Why Can't Priests Get Married?" David MacDonald Christian Music. Web. 16 Mar. 2010. . Pinto, Matthew. "Married Priests." Catholic Education Resource Center. Web. 16 Mar. 2010. .

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