Comments on: Dominicans warn Dutch brothers against Catholic schism Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Phil Sun, 29 Mar 2009 11:16:37 +0000 We confuse church dogma with the importance of Church life. Many of the historical figures from the Bible were married, had families and were called on by God to perform extreme tasks in their lives. They lived under simple laws that were set down to manage the affairs of daily life.

Over time, the church created canon laws which set down rules for the the religious ordained. These laws were designed to place restrictions on conduct, behavior and to create a type of class of itself. The higher you are elevated in the church, the more prestigious your accouterments. You go from basic black, to black with purple, to purple, to red to white. Each level up you wear more embellishments and have more aides in attendance.

God’s Church never meant for our churches to be so focused on all of these unimportant trappings. The plan book He gave us simply states “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt 18:20)

But it is hard for any large governing body to change, especially if it means giving up authority and potentially, loosing prestige. But change is necessary. A religion that fails to change with the ages, will fall victim to stagnation and, eventually, obsolescence.

When I talk of change, it is not the message that must be changed – that remains pure and will survive passage of years. What changes I speak of are protocols, procedures, attitudes and stumbling blocks that have remained in place for no good reason. This is what will kill a church. It will drive people away to a different brick and mortar building (church – small c) so they can be in communion with God’s Church (Capital C).

Are they doing the right thing here? Time will tell.

By: frantik6 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 05:35:06 +0000 I think Priest should not be married simply becos they have to stay special in the eyes of our Lord. They should be devoting their time to just that……and not be like us normal people who have so many distractions today and in life. We get married….have a wife, husband and children and we have to focus on the family and the good values we have to teach our children as christians….and that is plenty unless you are one of those selfish type of men who have no compassion.
A priest should never have all those extra activities becos he is to commit his life to the people who need help and prayer as CHRIST did as he sacrificed his life for us……
Priest who are married can never give their hundred percent to their wife and children and in the BIBLE a husband has to be there for his wife and child and therefore if you are amarried priest often your own family suffers some ofrm of neglect and often there are breakups…..That is not good especially since the divorce rates are shooting up all over the world.
Priest have to be free from the bondage of that type of life that is being a married priest cos they have then already experience sex..and all the common things normal Adam and Eve folk have experienced and that is not good they have to serve GOD like a pure nomad teaching preaching the LORDS word and helping so many helpless people along the way.
Married priest is not an option…..I dare say…..there can be lay men and lay women helping with communion but not Married Priest. Priests have be to different and special and only devote themselves to GOD and carry his word and do his work to help the world that is falling apart.

By: robert j. pohl Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:27:15 +0000 If they allow priests to marry much of the priest shortage for a time would be solved. AS a former priest, recently widowed, i think thiss the best solution at this time. I would love to be a week-end priest for a small community. Let the roman catholic church adopt the methods of the Orthodox church.