“The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that a group of 20 “renegade” Catholic priests have left the RC Church because of celibacy requirements. The article states that the group consists of both of men who have married and those who want to be free to marry. What strikes me is the men’s openness and willingness to leave because of this issue. In areas where celibacy is seen as a harmful counter-cultural value, the rate at which men take de facto wives and raise families is quite high. These guys could almost certainly have lived any way they wanted and gotten away with it. Perhaps instead of calling them “renegade,” the report should call them ‘honest.’….”

Commonweal Blog,
January 2, 2010,  Lisa Fullam

This posting on the Commonweal blog has created a very active response. I found quite interesting a reference to Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians, 9:5 “Do we not have the right to bring along a Christian wife, as do the rest of the Apostles, and the Lord’s brothers, and Cephas?” This verse does not appear in the Lectionary. That is an issue I am only recently attuned to: the selectivity involved in the Lectionary. And if Catholics continue to rely on the Lectionary for their knowledge of scripture then they will remain in ignorance of the fullness of the Word of God.

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