I can’t believe this actually has to be done, but I am begging you all to pray that the Church does not change its position on priestly celibacy. It disturbs me that this is even being discussed. As Blessed John Paul II said, it is a gift. Either you are married to God and you give Him your celibate life or you are not. If you are not prepared to do this, do not become a priest.
How can a priest dedicate his life to his parishioners, how can he adopt them as his children, as his flock, if he also has his own children? If, as often happens in families, a sickness, a bug for example, spreads through his family and he is the only one unaffected and is therefore the only one who can care for them and, at the same time, one of his parishioners needs the last rites, who will he choose? He cannot choose! Either dedicate yourself to your family or to God but they are both such mammoth tasks that you cannot do both.
This is so important. Are we to have married nuns now too? Why should we value celibacy at all?
I worry not only for the priests themselves but also for women who attend mass, who interact with priests. Ladies, don’t tell me that you haven’t look wistfully at Archbishop Gänswein. Don’t tell me that you’ve never seen a priest who is really very good looking and ever so charming and that you haven’t flirted just a little bit. Don’t tell me that you haven’t because I won’t believe you. But you’re safe and he’s safe because he has taken a vow of celibacy. Now, imagine that is taken away: Fr Tall-Dark-and-Handsome is celebrating mass…are you going to look at him in the same way during mass when he’s reading out his amazing homily on the Resurrection? These are serious worries and I am worried for myself too!
A traditional priest recently said to me that he thinks it [the abolition of priestly celibacy] will happen soon. Does that not scare anyone else? I have just read this from the Telegraph and this from Rorate Caeli.
I do not think it will happen but the fact that it is being discussed just shows how much more prayer is needed. Yes, we all need to get down on our knees and pray because although we know the gates of hell will not prevail against Holy Mother Church, that does not mean that you can just sit back and relax.