Roman Synod Proposal: Study Idea of Married Priests for Eastern Catholics Outside Patriarchal Territories

A Synod of Catholic Bishops from the Middle East just concluded their meetings on October 24, 2010

Proposition 23 from the Final List of Propositions sent to Pope Benedict XVI for the Synod of Catholic Bishops for the Middle East (dated 23 October 2010) includes this request:

Propositio 23
Married Priests

Clerical celibacy has always and everywhere been respected and valued in the Catholic Churches, in the East as in the West. Nonetheless, with a view to the pastoral service of our faithful, wherever they are to be found, and to respect the traditions of the Eastern Churches, it would be desirable to study the possibility of having married priests outside the patriarchal territory.

If the idea behind the proposal is ever adopted, it would be a huge change for the Eastern Catholic Churches.

For further reading:

Can East and West Co-Exist With Married Priests?

3 Responses to Roman Synod Proposal: Study Idea of Married Priests for Eastern Catholics Outside Patriarchal Territories

  1. Matthew the Penitent says:

    “If the idea behind the proposal is ever adopted, it would be a huge change for the Eastern Catholic Churches”
    Why?
    Roman Rite priests interact with married Orthodox priests; Roman Bishops with Orthodox Bishops and priests as well as married Anglican Bishops and priests. The various Eastern Catholic groups would welcome this change in the west.
    Besides, the Ukrainian Byzantine Catholics and Melkite Byzantine Catholics already have some married priests in Canada and the U.S.A. Yes, there were protests, but they were ignored. Of course the others don’t have the size or numbers to challenge the status quo.

  2. orthocath says:

    Yes, “some” married priests do exist in various Eastern Catholic Churches in the US and Canada. But, in many Eastern Catholic Churches in the US it’s still exceptional. Besides, even if it’s often ignored, it’s going against the “Ban” that’s still in place. If the “Ban” is officially rescinded, it will be quite the change.

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