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Catholic Celibacy

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push For More Married Priests

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rit...

900 Year Old Tradition Of Priestly Celibacy May Soon Be Over

Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion

For over 900 years Catholic priests have practiced celibacy; but now that may be changing. After Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned over sexual misconduc...

Why I'm Happy My Daughter Is An Altar Server

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

She is a child who has not only been raised in the traditions and tenets of the Catholic church, but raised to think and to question, raised to believe that all people are created equal, including gays and women. When I see her hold that cross proudly and walk down the aisle, it gives me hope.

So What If Jesus Had A Wife?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Is it true? Is it a fake? Should we care? If Jesus was married, would it overturn the patriarchy that for 2,000 years kept women out of ordained leadership? Would it allow men to be married and ordained in the Catholic Church?

German Theologians Call For End To Celibacy

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

BERLIN — University theologians in Germany have called on the Catholic Church to abandon the vow of celibacy for priests, open up the clergy for...

Priest Who Left Catholic Church Finds Love In Family Life

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service (RNS) The Rev. Albert Cutie saw a lot of things in his 14 years as a Catholic priest while church officials l...

Paul Iby, Reformist Bishop, Pushes Vatican To End Celibacy Requirement For Priests

AP | VERONIKA OLEKSYN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VIENNA — An Austrian bishop who has pushed the Vatican for reforms said in an interview published Wednesday that the Catholic church should drop...

Sex and the City of God, Part 2: Celibacy and Sexuality in the Catholic Church

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The child abuse crisis and the Church hierarchy's homophobia, misogyny, and fixation on policing sexuality are intertwining, often-overlapping aspects of the broader sexual dysfunction that cripples the Church.

It's Not About Celibacy: Blaming the Wrong Thing for the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Celibacy does not cause pedophilia. But that hasn't stopped otherwise thoughtful pundits and commentators, and among them even some Catholics, from opining on celibacy as a cause of the crisis.