May i become a catholic while dating a married man

22-Oct-2017 12:02

Under the proposals, married men of proven faith, known as 'viri probati' by the church, will be able to join the priesthood.The plan being considered by the Vatican will not allow existing priests to marry, although some former clergy who left the priesthood to start a family may be allowed to return.In 692 during the Council of Constantinople, also known as the Council in Trullo, Witt said, the council fathers "acknowledged the legitimacy of a married clergy, but it is highly restricted." "A (married) priest is not allowed to be a bishop -- in fact most bishops (in the Eastern Church) are monks and they must be celibate.And if you're ordained a priest and you're not married, then you're expected to remain celibate the rest of your life," he explained."In other words, the church says that she wants her priests to be celibate so that we priests then stand in for Christ at the altar and also beyond the altar," Witt told the , newspaper of the St. "There is a marriage bond between the clergy and the church just as there is a marriage covenant between the church and Christ.And we as priests are supposed to image that." Eastern Catholic churches traditionally have dealt with the issue of married priests in a different way.Earlier this year, Pope Francis said: 'We must consider if viri probati is a possibility.

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"It is a blessing and an honor to officiate over any ordination, and especially so at this historic ordination of the first married man to enter the priesthood in the United States of America for the Maronite Church," Zaidan said in a statement issued before the ordination.

The Maronite Church is among 22 Eastern Catholic churches that are in union with Rome. Raymond's statement also noted that having a married priesthood should in no way "detract from the value that the church finds in the vocation to celibacy.The spiritual heritage of the Maronite Church is traced to a fourth-century hermit, St. These Eastern churches have an ancient tradition of allowing married men to become priests, although since the 1920s the practice generally has not been permitted in the United States, according to a press release from St. The celibate priesthood continues to be highly esteemed.

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