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Priestly celibacy (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2005AD2000 March 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pray for John Paul II ... - Peter Westmore
Vocations: Australian diocesan seminary numbers continue to increase - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Cinema: Hollywood's Kinsey whitewash - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Moral divisions among the Christian Churches threaten ecumenism - Archbishop Barry Hickey
Dissent: Notes from a theology unit at Australian Catholic University
Church's future lies with orthodoxy, not dissent - Fr Paul Stuart
Culture: Secularism, not religion, is threatened with extinction - David Quinn
Events: Holy Week Celebrations - Classical Roman Rite
A young Catholic's encounter with Latin at Chavagnes International College - Alexander Morrison
Adult Education: Sydney Centre for Thomistic Studies continues a great teacher's legacy - Audrey English
Letters: Priestly celibacy (letter) - Barbara Chigwidden
Letters: Overseas priests and racism - Fr Peter Joseph
Letters: Reporting abuses is not spying (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Mangled hymns (letter) - Michael Apthorp
Letters: Orthodox young priest (letter) - John David
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Fr Austin Kenny CP
Letters: Leadership needed (letter) - Tom King
Letters: AIDS prevention (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Bible and Church (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Layman saint Bob Santamaria (letter) - J.W. McMahon
Letters: Convert (letter) - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Information sought on Kathleen Cecilia Butler (letter) - John G. Brown
Letters: Latin Mass (letter) - Alan Freckelton
Obituary: The passing of a holy, many-talented Jesuit - Fr Victor Ian Falconer SJ - Michael O'Callaghan
Books: DOLLFUSS: An Austrian Patriot, by Fr Johannes Messner - Alice von Hildebrand
Books: THE CASTLE OF HEAVENLY BLISS - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Books to read in 2005
Reflection: The Holy Trinity and the Church: the truth will set you free - Fr John O'Neill

After listening to an interview on Radio National in which Fr Peter Fitzgerald and Paul Collins openly criticised the Catholic Church's stance on priestly celibacy, I thought it worthwhile to point out a few things they may not have considered.

It is very difficult today, with the high cost of living, to maintain our current priests. Yet with shrinking numbers of parishioners, it is proposed we support not only our priests, but their families as well!

Priesthood is a full-time and challenging vocation, just as marriage is also a demanding vocation, especially in the stress and strain of modern life. To think that large numbers of men can fulfil both vocations successfully in modern-day Australia is absurd. We would see not just married priests but divorced priests!

I realise there are exceptions for married convert ministers - but these are exceptions. And even for them, the Holy See has directed that married priests not be parish priests, but assistants or chaplains only - so that they do not neglect their families.

The Anglican Church has had married clergy for centuries, and is a living proof that married clergy is no solution to the priest shortage.

Don't Fr Fitzgerald and Mr Collins realise that the Apostolic See has spoken definitively on this issue, and that further discussion is futile?

BARBARA CHIGWIDDEN (MRS)
Ganmain, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 2 (March 2005), p. 14

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