Since I have often blogged on issues relating to the Eastern tradition of a married priesthood and how that has sometimes been a cause of tension between Orthodoxy and Catholicism, I thought readers here would be interested in this very interesting conference to be held in Rome next week, involving Eastern Catholic scholars and an Orthodox priest:
November 1, 2012
THE CHRYSOSTOM SEMINAR
Married Priests: Optional celibacy in the
Eastern Catholic Churches, past and present
ROME — The tradition and vocation of the married priesthood in the Eastern Catholic Church will be discussed at an international seminar in Rome this month.
Five Eastern Catholic scholars from Australia, Canada, Italy and the United States will speak on different themes related to the married priesthood, including its history in the Eastern Church, how the spousal mystery is understood, and the divisions in the Eastern Church on the issue of mandatory celibacy.
This half-day event will be held Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Domus Australia, Via Cernaia, 14. It is co-sponsored by the Australian Catholic University and The Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University, Canada.
Presentations will be in English and Italian. Admission is free. See the attached poster for the list of speakers and the titles of their lectures.
The universal Catholic Church consists of the Western Church, more commonly referred to as the Roman Catholic or Latin rite, and 22 Eastern Catholic Churches. All are gathered under the leadership of the pope in Rome. While the Western Church insists on the celibate priesthood, the different and ancient traditions of the Eastern Church, including the married priesthood, are accepted and honoured.
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