November 17, 2006
On the road for a week with little online access, so posting will be sporadic and dial-up friendly. Still, didn’t want to miss the Vatican’s most recent decision in favor of its own eventual extinction:
The Vatican has backed the tradition of celibacy for Catholic priests after a meeting between the Pope and advisers.
… “The value of the choice of priestly celibacy... has been reaffirmed,” the Vatican said in a statement.
Thousands of the Catholic Church’s 400,000 priests worldwide have left in order to marry in recent years.
The Pope had called together all his top advisers—the cardinals heading different Vatican departments—to discuss the case of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the former head of the Roman Catholic Church in Zambia.
He was excommunicated last month after ordaining four married priests as bishops in the United States.
The former archbishop married a Korean woman and after first agreeing to leave her, is now cohabiting with her again.
He set up an organisation called “Married Priests Now” and plans to hold a meeting of more than 1,000 married Catholic priests in New York next month.
… [T]he average age of priests is well over 60, and in many countries new recruits to the priesthood, inhibited by the celibacy rule, are not coming forward in sufficient numbers to replace the older generation of Catholic clergy.
So: explain to me again exactly how “the value of the choice of priestly celibacy” has been “reaffirmed”?
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