Pittsburgh (KDKA) An organization of Catholic priests is hoping that optional celibacy and allowing women to become ministers will boost the number of priests around the US and the world.
At a press conference today, the Association of Pittsburgh Priests said they would like Bishop Donald Wuerl to carry their ideas to a Synod on the Eucharist in Rome, next month. [Source]
Just for once I would like to see a news story where a group of priests issue a statement asking for people to spend more time in front of the Blessed Sacrament praying for vocations or that their diocese look to emulate diocese that have increasing vocations. Why is it that a discipline like priestly celibacy always gets combined with women’s ordination. If we can’t expect them to get a teaching that is to be held definitively and that belongs to the deposit of faith, why should we listen to their prudential advice on optional celibacy? As I have quipped before what they really want is optional orthodoxy.