Pope Francis is open to the idea of women deacons…


"Pope Francis said Thursday he is prepared to set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy at the rank of deacon, one below a priest.

Francis made the remarks in exchanges with female members of religious orders during a meeting at the Vatican, according to reporters who were present.

His spokesman said he could not immediately confirm the pontiff's exact remarks, which could have far-reaching implications.

In the exchanges, Francis said he had discussed the use of female deacons in the early centuries of the church but was not clear as to their exact role and status.

"Constitute an official commission that might study the question?" the pontiff asked aloud, according to the National Catholic Reporter and Italian news agencies.

"I believe yes. It would do good for the church to clarify this point. I am in agreement. I will speak (in favor of doing) something like this."

He later added: "It seems useful to me to have a commission that would clarify this."

Although deacons cannot celebrate mass they are ordained and can carry out many tasks in place of a priest, including presiding over baptisms and prayer services. They also often play a role in parish management and in offering pastoral guidance to believers."  Daily Star


 Well, I'm  for this.  I have always favored the idea of women Catholic clergy as well as marriage of clergy.  Catholic deacons are clergy.  They are in Holy Orders.  They are allowed to be married if they already were when ordained but at present may not re-marry if widowed.

Many people do not understand that the pope really does not have unlimited authority.  The dogma concerning papal infallibility is a 19th Century accretion and is only applicable when the pope speaks "ex cathedra" on matters of faith and morals, something that rarely occurs for the simple reason that to take that hard edged a position risks defections and schism. 

This would be a first step.  If the creation of women deacons were accepted the door would be opening to the ordination of women priests.

Good for you, Frank,  Good for you,  pl 




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47 Responses to Pope Francis is open to the idea of women deacons…

  1. BabelFish says:

    Although, it seems to me, he upsets the more conservative Catholics, I find his approach to continue to be a remarkable event.
    I whole heartedly agree, Pat, that providing for women clergy would be a wonderful step forward. My fond hope is that it would reinvigorate the Catholic church.

  2. johnf says:

    So many positions in my church are already run by women anyhow – organizing pastoral care, organization of parish events, leading in prayer and reading the lesson, altar girls, administering the sacraments – it seems the next logical step. Our young priest has to juggle two parishes so needs a lot of help.
    One other thing. I’d calculate that since Francis became Pope our congregations have increased by at least a third. Most of them young. Although we’re in the middle of rural nowhere, we have Sri Lankans, Filipinos, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Africans, French, Irish and lots of Poles.
    Its always struck me a lot of people on this site are Catholic.

  3. We should note that the office of deacon was only brought back to the Catholic Church after Vatican II. Some more of Francis’ remarks during this meeting with Catholic women religious are in this article from the “National Catholic Reporter.” I’m sure the full transcript will be available before long. This is one bold and insightful Pope.
    In other news, a Vatican conference (not the Vatican itself) recently rejected the just war theory and asked for an encyclical on nonviolence. No word from Francis on this yet.

  4. Bill Herschel says:

    Thank God for Francis. Clergy in the time of Jesus were married. As a matter of fact, most everything in the time of Jesus was totally different from today.
    This is off topic, but it is not even remotely off topic. Not remotely. Watch this and tell me who the Christian is running for President? Who is the follower of Jesus? Hint: it’s not Hillary “We came, we saw, he died,” Clinton. I will spot Trump just about anything he says about domestic policy and pull the lever for him because of this:
    This is a decisive moment in American history. Someone is finally speaking to and for the American people. They are listening despite the noise machine turned up to the max. I pray that it ends well.

  5. Mark Pyruz says:

    I’ve a feeling this is going to rub the wrong way our local Archbishop in San Francisco. He’s a hardliner (with a recent arrest for drunk driving).
    Not long ago a group of prominent Catholics in our city took the extraordinary step of taking out a full page newspaper ad against him, hoping to be effectively be heard by Francis.
    Back to the topic at hand: rendering women deacons almost falls in the category of reform.

  6. Matthew says:

    Babelfish: But why would it be upsetting to conservative Roman Catholics?
    What should upset us Catholics is the disappearance of the clergy. My parish is large. We claim at least 10,000 parishioners. Yet a years ago, we were told at Mass that, in almost 40 years, our parish had not produced a single priest.

  7. Tyler says:

    Strongly disagree. The history of female deacons in other denominations shows that it quickly spirals downhill into gay transgender clergy supporting more immigration. No a thousand times.

  8. Tyler says:

    Experience shows that as a church becomes more liberal, attendance drops off.
    Appealing to the NYT Ed Board is simply going to lead to Catholics going to SSPX and Orthodoxy.

  9. MH says:

    I always thought the Catholic priesthood should largely be a retirement job for faithful Catholics. The large numbers of retired military, police, businessmen who have decades of experience in the real world, especially integrating their faith with the complexities of the real world, would provide invaluable service to the flock. Also, a guy who has spent a quarter of a century in the military, the police force, the fire department, or the corporate world has some track record for trustworthiness. A lot better than trying to root out potentially flawed candidates through a battery of psychological tests, especially when these candidates haven’t even matured. There are plenty of guys I can think of who would perfect for such a priesthood. Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, a devout Catholic who was torn between priesthood and military. Former FBI agent and OK governor, Frank Keating. The late Adm. Jeremiah Denton, a devout Catholic who kept his sanity for 8 years as a POW by mentally going through the Catholic Mass in his mind each day (there is a new book out based on Adm. Denton’s memorization of the Mass: http://www.amazon.com/Memorize-Mass-Kevin-Vost-PhD/dp/1633370917?ie=UTF8&keywords=Kevin%20vost&qid=1463091612&ref_=sr_1_7&sr=8-7).

  10. MH says:

    In my last post I referenced a new book inspired by Adm. Jeremiah Denton’s saying daily Mass (English and Latin!) in his head while a POW for 8 years in the Hanoi Hilton. Here’s an excerpt from the preface:
    “Memorize the Mass!” by Kevin Vost (En Route Books and Media, 2016)
    Preface: When One’s Life Depends on the Mass
    “As in all other times of crisis, we relied on our religious backgrounds to give us strength and to help us accept the sacrifice of our monastic existence. I went through the Mass each day in English and Latin, took spiritual communion, and meditated deeply.”
    Admiral Jeremiah Denton 1
    1 Admiral Jeremiah A. Denton, When Hell Was in Session (Washington, DC: WorldNetDaily, 1998), 189.

    “In the midst of writing that book, I received an email from Major Valpiani, a U.S. Air Force officer and experimental test pilot. He had read one of my books on the memory techniques of Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas, and he asked me if I could give him suggestions on how to memorize the parts of the Mass. You see, he had found through the Internet that I’d written an article called “Memorize the Mass!” on a now defunct Catholic social media site, and he wondered if I could share it with him. I remembered the article but found that my Word program didn’t! I was unable to track down the article for him, but I told him that I remembered the basics and could share those with him. What intrigued me about his email, however, was the story behind his question. Major Valpiani had heard a recording of a talk from a man who had mentally repeated the Mass every day to preserve his sanity and sanctity during nearly eight years of confinement, also as a POW in North Vietnam, like Stockdale. That man, Jeremiah Denton, had been Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron Seventy-Five aboard the USS Independence and was shot down on July 18, 1965, two months before James Stockdale. His ordeal as a POW lasted nearly eight years. He, like Stockdale, later became an admiral, and then he became a U.S. senator from Alabama. I responded to the major that I had not heard of Admiral Denton but had, coincidentally, just written about Admiral Stockdale. In his response he told me that in fact the two were friends! That was news to me. Stockdale had not mentioned Denton in the books I’d read. Admiral Denton’s story was clearly one that I had to investigate. Sure enough, in his book Hell is in Session , Denton described how he and Stockdale cooperated in keeping the American POWs alive and in preserving their dignity. He described as well, in the quotation that started this preface, that throughout those years, many of which included solitary confinement and a variety of ongoing tortures, he did indeed go through the Mass each day in his head, both in English and in Latin!”

  11. Haralambos says:

    Despite my handle, I am not Greek, but I have lived, worked and taught here for the better part of 40 years. I was raised Presbyterian in the liberal NYS synod and am an ordained elder. My wife, a childhood friend from our little village, was raised Roman Catholic–a scandal to both families. Both of us have for many years been what would be called “lapsed,” at lest in the Roman Catholic Church.
    I taught ethics and business ethics for many years and have long been interested in Just War Theory, especially during the Kosovo Campaign (1998-1999) when I taught Greeks and many students from Greece and other Balkan states including several of the former Yugoslavian Republics as well as Albania. Fortunately the tensions did not boil over here in the form of violence on the campus where I taught, but there were verbal confrontations.
    This is the Greek Orthodox position on Just War Theory: http://incommunion.org/2005/08/02/no-just-war-in-the-fathers/
    Greek Orthodox priests can be married, and I believe they are limited in their possibilities to ascend the hierarchy. We have taught and worked with several and their children, whom we love and admire. We also have a Goddaughter, a female Armenian girl, now a young woman with a child. In the Armenian church, they required me, the male, to be her official Godfather rather than my wife. The situation is even more complicated, since our Goddaughter is partnered with a young Albanian (religion unknown if any) her age, the father. They are wonderful parents, both economic migrants of sorts from 20 and 20+ years ago with pending residency status and no venue to marry, although their child is registered here in the Greek birth registry.
    Apologies for the length of this, but this is one data point that is likely missed regarding the Balkans in the 21st century.

  12. Bill Herschel,
    You are among the bamboozled. Trump wants to bomb the shit out of the oilfields in Syria, then send in a ring of US troops to protect the fields as Exxon rebuilds them so we can take the oil. He also wants to deliberately kill the families of terrorists and torture the terrorists. Naturally he wants to build a big beautiful military force to do this. He’s Borg, perhaps a slightly different strain of Borg, but still Borg. At least he’s not talking trash about Russia… yet. If he ever convinces himself that Ukrainian natural gas fields and agricultural land are worth money, he may want to put a ring of troops around that as well. Of course he could just be talking bullshit just as he may be talking bullshit about that beautiful wall and deportation. We just don’t know.

  13. Dubhaltach says:

    As a more than somewhat conservative Catholic living in a country in which the overwhelming majority are either Atheists or Lutherans (Dansk Folkekirke) I’m for it. It’s mostly women running the parishes anyway and any of them that I know are specifically doing it AMDG I see no reason why they can’t act as deacons. Doing a bit of googling the office of deacon goes back to the earliest days of the Church it also seems that the current status of the diaconate as a sort of apprenticeship stage towards the priesthood is relatively new.
    With apologies for the length of this quotation:
    “The Deacon In History
    But first one needs to know something about the deacon in history. We initially encounter the deacon in the famous passage in Acts 6:2, where Peter says it is not proper for the apostles to give up preaching so that they can wait on tables. Accordingly, they ordained seven deacons, including the proto-martyr Stephen, to serve the Christian community. By the end of the ancient world the deacon was the bishop’s assistant, serving as his “eyes and ears,” taking care of church property as well as administrative matters.
    Deacons quickly became VIP’s. One measure of the importance of the deacon in the early church is the number of deacons elected pope in the early Middle Ages. Of the thirty-seven men elected pope between 432 and 684 A.D., only three are known to have been ordained to priest before their election to the Chair of Peter.[2]
    In the course of time the bishop’s principal assistant, the , came to be called the archdeacon and by the fifth century his role had developed into a powerful ecclesiastical office. He had charge of church administration and of the care of the poor and thus held the purse.
    When archdeacons became too dominant sometimes their bishops were minded to “kick them upstairs” by ordaining them priest whereupon they would lose the office of archdeacon. Saint Jerome said, “” (“the archdeacon thinks himself injured if ordained priest”), for then he would lose his powerful archdiaconal office. Pope Gregory the Great, in fact, once upbraided a bishop for ordaining his archdeacon priest with a view “craftily to degrade the aforesaid archdeacon.”
    In ensuing centuries the archdeacon acquired the duty of supervising and disciplining the lower clergy. Because of this role the archdeacon acquired the right to examine candidates for ordination, and in the ordinals we find the archdeacon now presenting to the bishop candidates for priestly ordination and attesting their fitness.
    Beginning with the eighth century, the right to discipline the clergy brought to the archdeacon ordinary jurisdiction and his own separate church court. And soon we find that at least the larger dioceses were divided up into several archdeaconries, each headed by an archdeacon who presided over a first instance tribunal and carried out visitations to correct abuses and infractions of church canons. The archdeacon also served as the bishop’s administrative assistant in instituting clerics to their benefices and watching over the decency of worship and the repair of churches within his territory. In many places the archdeacon of the see city also acted as vicar capitular, or diocesan administrator of the vacant or impeded see.
    From the eighth to the thirteenth century the power of the archdeacon waxed greatly and archdeacons began to exercise quasi-episcopal powers. Like bishops, they even began to appoint vicars and officials to carry out their administrative and judicial functions, respectively. With the development of the benefice system, moreover, archdeacons were no longer removable at the whim of the bishop, since their archdeaconry was now considered a benefice in which they had a life interest that was protected by law, barring judicial privation for good cause. Their wide powers and fixity of tenure made archdeacons serious rivals of bishops whose own authority over them had begun to recede into something like that of a metropolitan over his suffragan bishops. So powerful had the archdeacons become that a reform movement was spawned and bishops began to counter the power of the archdeacons by appointing priests as their vicars general and officials (or judicial vicars). These priests enjoyed powers similar to those of archdeacons but, importantly, their office was not a benefice and they served at the pleasure of the bishop and were directly subject to his control. Once established, these alternatives set the scene for a frontal assault on the power of the archdeacons.
    The Council of Trent’s reforms drastically restricted the archdeacon’s power. Archdeacons were deprived of the power of excommunication and of their jurisdiction in matrimonial and criminal matters. No longer could they make visitations and order the correction of abuses, unless asked to do so by the bishop. By the seventeenth century the once-powerful office had been reduced to that of a master of pontifical ceremonies and the last vestige of the office was the liturgical role in the ordination service of presenting the ordinands to the bishop at priestly ordinations.
    Now the office of archdeacon was merely ceremonial and the real power had passed to the vicar general, vicar capitular and the judicial vicar-all priests. The order of deacon itself became a mere apprenticeship to priesthood lasting only a few months, even though until 1917 a deacon still could be canonically appointed pastor of a parish or canon of a cathedral or cardinal of the Holy Roman Church—as in the case of Pius IX’s Secretary of State, Giacomo Cardinal Antonelli (1806-1876), who never proceeded beyond the order of deacon.”
    Source: https://www.ewtn.com/library/CANONLAW/DEACYEST.HTM (The full article is well worth reading as it specifically addresses the situation of the Church in the US).
    The Catholic Encyclopedia entry is here: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04647c.htm

  14. Matthew,
    I agree that the disappearance of the clergy is upsetting. The reestablishment of the diaconate by Vatican II was a wise move. Opening it up to women is also wise. Back in the day, things were different. There was an annual open house in Waterbury, Connecticut where a large number of Catholic orders would have booths for the many boys who thought they might have a vocation to the priesthood. It was like a “Nation’s Gun Show” for future priests. For several years, I thought I might become a Maryknoll missionary. Instead, I became a Green Beret.

  15. mbrenner says:

    In historical terms, this would be a reversion to the practices of the Christian movement as it emerged in the first 150 years of its existence. Simple services of the embryonic communities often involved women in ritual roles – whether the meeting was in the open or hidden from the authorities. (A few years ago, a relief was discovered in a Rome catacomb depicting this – the Vatican archeologists of course jumped in with the claim that the woman depicted was not carrying the host but rather was a servant girl). The patronage of wealthy aristocratic women, so important in those early years in urban settings (where Christianity first took root before spreading into more rural areas that would long remained populated by pagans = peasants) may have contributed to this phenomenon. Unfortunately, Christian communities existed in a cultural space between two strongly patriarchal societies – those of the Hebrews and those of the Romans. The movement’s gender liberalism was seen early on (I believe even by Paul) as a potential obstacle to its acceptance and spread.
    Once Christianity became organized as a Church in the 2nd century, male dominance in a hierarchical structure was inevitable. There was no other model. There everywhere is a strong correlation with a religion’s degree of organization, on the one hand, and both its degree of authoritarianism and subordination of women on the other (even in Buddhism and Hinduism which are far more complex in every respect). On this score, Islam – loosely organized – may have been influenced by the Jewish and Christian models as well as the tribal organization of Arab society.

  16. mbrenner says:

    On married priesthood, the practice was common under around the 10th century when the Church found a compelling need to ensure its receiving the full inheritance of all clerical officials. Hence, wives and children were a financial liability for the cash strapped institutions.

  17. charly says:

    True but without a priest there is no point of attendance and importing a Third World-er, what “my” church has done, is in my opinion not useful to keep conservative attendance up

  18. Dubhaltach says:

    Ye gods:
    “Strongly disagree. The history of female deacons in other denominations shows that it quickly spirals downhill into gay transgender clergy supporting more immigration. No a thousand times.”
    Evidence in support of this contention please.
    Lot of box ticking no?
    Female? Yup we’re agin them when they get uppity.
    Gay? Yup we’re agin them too.
    Trans? Yup we’re surely agin them.
    Immigrants? We’re passionately agin them an we want someone to build a wall for us. A Ha Ha would be nice too.
    Catholic: “universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church”.
    So far as I know “Catholic” has not yet come to mean excluding everyone we do not like from communion with the Church.

  19. steve says:

    Everything I have seen says Trump did not oppose the Iraq War before it started. Do you have evidence otherwise?

  20. esq says:

    Have to weigh in with Tyler here. Where is the evidence a feminized Church will flourish? Evidence seems to the contrary . . .
    Just trying to be pragmatic.

  21. Tyler,
    How many years does your experience within the Catholic church does your experience amount to ??

  22. Ulenspiegel says:

    “Experience shows that as a church becomes more liberal, attendance drops off.”
    That misses the point. Without priests it becames quite irrelevant whether the attendance is slightly higher or not. The parish dies, sorry.
    As protestant German living in catholic Austria I can only say that the Cathalic church has severe issues and woman as priests and most importantly marriage for priests are essential parts of the solution IMHO. Otherwise the church will shrink at an alarming rate.
    People are not longer interested to have eiher guys as contact persons, who are >70 years old, or are imported from countries with quite different culture and often do not understand the issues of their parishioners.

  23. divadab says:

    Matthew 19:12
    “For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him RECEIVE It.”

  24. Bill H says:

    Interesting to hear that viewpoint. My father was a career military officer, converted from lapsed Methodist to Anglican while serving in England during WW2. He then became an Episcopal priest and actively served in that capacity in towns where we were stationed throughout his Air Force career.
    He and I were pretty close, so perhaps my perception was tainted, but it seemed to me that the men he led in uniform thought very highly of him and the people in his parish adored him.
    Some people think the dual career was odd, but at the time it seemed perfectly natural. He wore it well.

  25. Tyler says:

    Good grief yes the option is to throw Catechism out the window because the new Progressive religion demands we cater to every passing fad.
    SSPX and Orthodoxy seem to have no problem finding priests, which flies in the face of your assertion vs. What is going on with Anglicans and Episcopolians, which is quickly becoming a gay social club.
    Do you ever post anything that isn’t disingenuous horsesh-t?

  26. Tyler says:

    Nothing to do with deacons or clergy. Stay on target.

  27. BabelFish says:

    Matthew/Tyler: I want to make sure I clarify the ‘conservative’ reference as not really meaning political leanings but dogmatic.
    Being a respondent Episcopalian (referred to by Robin Williams as “Catholic Light” – all of the blessings but only half the guilt), I experienced the strife over the change from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer to the 1979 version, with some congretations refusing to the use the new book. That would represent some of the doctrinal disagreements that I have seen in social media, regarding some of Pope Frank’s reflections and changes.

  28. Tyler says:

    32, and I know enough to call a wedge when I see it.

  29. Tyler says:

    I’d think that the Church has gone through a harder phases that it can figure out how to adapt to this, versus lighting the Catechism on fire in order to appeal to the NYT Ed Board and coastal liberals who are still going to find a reason to hate the Church.

  30. Tyler says:

    – In which a German Protestant lectures Catholics on what’s good for them.

  31. Tyler says:

    I have no clue where you are getting this.

  32. Tyler says:

    Anglican, liberal Lutheran and Episcopal denominations are dying as they become more and more gay social clubs.
    Like a typical progressive you have to lie and double down on your lie. No one is talking about exclusion, we’re talking about female deacons and clergy. I know lies are your bread and butter but up your game.

  33. Tyler says:

    And? Bomb IS and let the ground forces of others do the fighting. I don’t see him going to war with Russia. I think you’re seeing zebras here friend.

  34. Matthew says:

    TGG: A great novel begins with these two sentences: “For several years, I thought I might become a Maryknoll missionary. Instead, I became a Green Beret.”

  35. Tyler says:

    Yeah, he called it in 2004. More mendacious hair splitting.
    How many countries did he destabilize compared to Hillary and the current administration. Lets put things into perspective here.

  36. kao_hsien_chih says:

    Why there aren’t more married priests allowed by the Vatican has always baffled me, personally. Married priests are the norm in uniate Churches–as Catholic as Latin rite, but based on Greek or Middle Eastern traditions. Rather a lot of married clergy were allowed if they were already clergy in other denominations converting to Catholicism (many married Anglican and Lutheran clergymen received permission to become Catholic priests–one of my close friend’s cousin’s father-in-law is a such priest). Priestly celibacy has never been a matter of doctrine, after all. At minimum, making married clergy more common is something that can be accomplished, quite literally, with a single declaration, without needing any change other than mindsets.

  37. Tyler,
    Cooper also asked whether the US would need troops on the ground to protect the oil fields that Trump would rebuild after bombing ISIS out of them. Trump said he would put a “ring” of troops around the fields.
    “You put a ring around them,” Trump said of the oil fields. “You put a ring.”
    He also said the following about taking on IS:
    “I would listen to the generals,” Trump said, “but I would – I’m hearing numbers of 20 to 30,000. We have to knock them out fast.”
    Granted, he says a lot of things, often contradictory. Sometimes he’s refreshingly insightful. Sometimes he’s bat shit crazy. You’re guaranteed to find something you like, but so far he’s only proven himself to be a first class bullshit artist.

  38. khc,
    It began in the Middle Ages in the Roman Catholic Church and started with barring the children of priests from inheriting Church property.

  39. charly says:

    Isn’t this the second time you make that wisecrack about gay social club, thankfully nobody would ever make that joke about the priesthood of the catholic church.
    ps Prejudices of gays is that they are more social and have no kids. Being social seems to me to be very important for a clergy man and having no kids means having a lot of time to work so it may not be surprising that clergy end up gay

  40. Dubhaltach says:

    In reply to Tyler 13 May 2016 at 04:26 PM
    It tells me all I need to know about you that your first response to every contradiction of your ludicrous and fear filled hyperbole such as, and I’m quoting you direct, “gay transgender clergy supporting more immigration” is bluster and your second is to immediately accuse the person contradicting you of mala fides.
    It’s pathetic, how come you project so much?

  41. Dubhaltach says:

    In reply to kao_hsien_chih 13 May 2016 at 06:19 PM
    As TTG says the process started in the Middle Ages as reformers grappled with corrupt practises such as nepotism and accelerated with the counter-reformation. There’s a long and more than somewhat turgid Vatican document dealing with this but the Final two paragraphs are particularly relevant:
    “In the third and final period of the Council of Trent (1562-3), and despite considerable pressures, all suggestions that the Catholic Church should modify and mitigate its rules of celibacy were rejected. In Session XXIV on 11 November 1563, the Fathers upheld the prohibition of clerical marriage (c. 9), adding (concerning the difficulties): «For God would not deny the gift to those who duly ask for it (the gift of chastity), nor allow us to be tempted beyond our strength.» They also rejected the thesis that the marital state should be considered better than that of celibacy (c. l0).65 The Council, in Session XXIII, also voted in favour of founding seminaries to prepare candidates from their youth for the celibate life. The discipline of continence by this time had meant in practice that only an unmarried man would be ordained. This is also shown in the discussions of the Council, for example when one theologian, Desiderius de S. Martino, concerned by the shortage of priests, suggested the possibility of ordaining married men provided the wives gave consent and that they and their husbands lived in continence. But the measure was not deemed expedient.
    The decrees of the Council were not immediately accepted in all nations but with time they did bring about a general observance of the law of celibacy, thanks in no small measure to their provisions for the better training of the clergy. The Enlightenment brought fresh assaults against clerical celibacy and after the First Vatican Council, the Old Catholics, separating themselves from Rome, abolished the rule. Despite the pressures on the Catholic Church to relax the law of celibacy, it has always resisted. Pope Benedict XV declared, in his Consistorial Allocution of 16 December 1920, that the Church considered celibacy to be of such importance that it could never abolish it. Following Vatican II, the Church has made an exception for married deacons of mature age and for individual former non-Catholic clergymen, following a precedent set by Pope Pius XII.”
    You’re right about the exceptions being made for married clergy from other denominations being accepted as Catholic priests but this is very exceptional and only applies to clergy who in the eyes of the church have been validly made priests in the first place. Not every Lutheran would be considered to be such whereas every Anglican clergyman who can prove his ordination was carried out in due form would be considered. This is because of the doctrine of Apostolic succession. Briefly put the Catholic church considers that Anglican bishops have it and thus ordinations performed by them are valid while only some Lutheran bishops have it and therefore not all Lutheran clergy are validly ordained. Danish Lutheran clergy for example are not considered to be validly ordained priests because of a lack of provable apostolic succession amongst other reasons. So for Lutherans it’s very much done on a case-by-case basis with no presumptions in favour.
    Not sure what the situation is with Orthodox clergy – I _think_ it’s the same as with Anglicans that they’re considered to have valid orders and so don’t require re-ordination.
    Sorry if all that’s too much information 🙂

  42. Bill Herschel says:

    I think that what Trump was talking about was essentially the same as what Russia did, except described hyperbolically. Russia interdicted ISIS’ sale of stolen oil. And they definitely damaged a lot of infrastructure. And they have supported a “ring of troops”, namely SAA, to attempt to protect Syria from ISIS.
    I listened to the Howard Stern section in which Trump, very reluctantly, supports the invasion of Iraq:
    In the first place, Trump sounds truly rational. In the second, he clearly is beset by doubt. And the record shows that he quickly opposed the war.
    I honestly don’t think he’s true Borg. He has managed to get into bed with Sheldon Adelson, which is very definitely a Borg litmus test, but I wonder what it means.
    After destroying the Party elites’ candidates, can the elite really think Trump will not destroy them? If I were Sheldon Adelson, I would be very afraid.

  43. Tyler says:

    I’m not worried about it. Obviously pre-empting the gotcha of “WELL WHADDAYA DO NOW, RANGER?” after bombing IS.

  44. Tyler says:

    Its not a crack as much as it is a fact.
    I don’t have to make that about the priesthood because the Lavender Mafia is a known quantity.
    You forgot that homosexuals are predisposed to pedophilia and a host of other social dysgenics. Exactly the type of person I want as clergy. (that was sarcasm lel)

  45. Tyler says:

    And SJWs always project. You got called on your horsesh-t trying to deflect and now its “why are you always scared”? Lel, why is it always fear with you progressives? Whatever happened to being disgusted (which is what this is).
    And yes, gay transgender clergy supporting illegal immigration is pretty much the mission of the Anglican and Episcopal denominations nowadays. Well that and making sure that they roll over for salafists.
    Why are you so pathetic and disgusting? Is there any perversion you won’t defend?

  46. kao_hsien_chih says:

    With regards the Uniate Churches (at least the Greek Catholics), the ordination is governed by the Union of Brest: married priests (under the same rules as the Orthodox Church) are accepted as licit, if they were married before ordination. I’ve met a number of married Catholic priests, although of the Eastern (not Latin) Catholic Churches and they were very explicit about the priestly celibacy not being required by doctrine.
    Even within the Latin rite, I’m told that married clergy, though rare, are much more common than people think, although this is not spoken of much. My friend, for example, did not know that his cousin’s father-in-law was a priest until several years later.

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