A Married Priest on Married Priests – 1

The Longenecker Family at Fr Dwight's Ordination

What are the pros and cons of being a married priest? I’ll be writing on various aspects of this question over the next few days. Firstly, we need to get some huge red herrings out of the way. People say, “A married man will understand married people’s problems better than a celibate man.” On the [Read More...]

Caitlin O’Rourke on Evangelizing

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Guest blogger Caitlin O’Rourke is a member of St Bridget’s, Church, High Dudgeon, New Jersey. Caitlin is ten years old. These two people came to the door on Saturday when Daddy was putting up some shelves and he looked out the window and hit his thumb with a hammer and said a bad word which [Read More...]

Welcome New Readers

Since moving this blog over to Patheos I am aware that there are a good number of new readers on board. Welcome! I hope you come often and stay to look around. My story is this: I grew up in Pennsylvania in a devout, conservative Evangelical home. After high school I went to the fundamentalist [Read More...]

Married Pedophile Priests?

Would the problem of pedophile priests be solved if Catholic priests were able to get married? This suggestion has been made time and again, and like many solutions to difficult problems it seems like the magic fix. The supposition is: “Gee, those poor Catholic priests who can’t get married. They are clearly just gasping to [Read More...]

Could I Be A Married Catholic Priest?

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Some time ago a woman from New Jersey was visiting the parish and over a cup of coffee in the parish center said, “Father, I hear you have four children. How did that happen?” I said, “Well, when a man and a woman really love each other…” Seriously. I have a wife and four children. [Read More...]

Married Priests and Women Priests

I commented last week on an article in the Irish press about liberal priests pushing for married priests and women priests. What gets me going is that people don’t see that the two issues are not connected. The Catholic teaching is clear. The issue of married priests is a matter of discipline, not doctrine. It’s [Read More...]


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