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There is a clear record of married priests both in history and in the contemporary church.  St Peter, identified as the first “pope” (although that title is anachronistic), had a mother-in-law and must therefore have had a wife. And in the contemporary Catholic church there are a number of Catholic priests who were once Episcopal ministers and came into the Catholic priesthood with their wives and kids in tow. The married priesthood is a reality, but it is not an option, which seems like a non sequitur to me.

Attending a Vatican exhibit in Houston a few years ago I was surrounded by people in awe of papal shoes and hats and photos of St. Peter’s tomb, and I wondered aloud where St. Peter’s wife was buried. The people around me were not amused by my comment, but it really is a legitimate question. The Apostles were ordinary, married men, with the possible exception of John, who scholars think was the youngest and not yet married. So there are descendants of the Apostles!

What an awesome idea, one of your friends could be a descendant of Luke or Matthew. You could be a descendant of the first pope!


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