Vatican formally opens debate on married priests in Amazon
The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.
The call for study on the proposal was contained in the working document, released Monday, for an October meeting of South American bishops on the Amazon.
The document, prepared by the Vatican based on input from the region, affirmed that celibacy is a gift for the Catholic Church.
The admittance of married men to the Western Latin Roman Catholic priesthood, which would also apply to married Protestant convert ministers and pastors who join the Western Roman Catholic priesthood, and also to the Eastern Rite Catholic priests, (usually semi-autonomous churches that acknowledge the supremacy of the Pope at Rome, but use their own liturgy, in most cases Eastern Orthodox, and subject to approval of the Pope appoint their own bishops), are however subject to strict conditions, also applying to deacons in both Western and Eastern Rite parishes and dioceses.
1). They must be married before ordination, no single priest or deacon is allowed to marry after ordination, and must remain celibate for life.
2). If their wife dies, they may not remarry, but must remain celibate for life.
3). In the Western Latin Roman Catholic Churches, with a very few exceptions, such married priests could not normally be a senior priest, or solely in charge of a parish.
4). They can‚Äôt ever become bishops, unless their wife dies and they take a vow of celibacy immediately after. Nearly all Eastern Rite bishops, and indeed Eastern Orthodox bishops, are usually chosen from monastic orders, and are monks.
‚ÄúVirginity undoubtedly, as the Second Vatican Council declared, ‚Äėis not, of course, required by the nature of the priesthood itself. This is clear from the practice of the early Church and the traditions of the Eastern Churches.‚Äô But at the same time the Council did not hesitate to confirm solemnly the ancient, sacred and providential present law of priestly celibacy.‚ÄĚ
Thus the Catholic Church contradicts the very Word of God and tempts the Lord God in what they do to their young men. The whole purpose of the Vatican, pope, Cardinals, and Curia is to maintain control over the priests worldwide. They have imposed the law of priestly celibacy so that they can continue their control of men who, if they were married, would be responsible for their children, property, households, and most of all for their conscience. Rome has tempted God Himself in upholding an untrue priesthood and, additionally, bringing her youth into an atmosphere where they are waylaid by immoral lusts....
excerpt from, "The Catholic Priesthood: Mystique and Scandal?"