Thursday, December 31, 2009

Former Charismatic Episcopal Church Priest Becoming Catholic Priest in Arkansas

Another fruit of the Pastoral Provision. The Deacon Bench has the story and link at Something cool in Hot Springs: a convert moves to the priesthood

Another interesting story coming from the dynamic Diocese of Little Rock which includes all of Arkansas. It is interesting he is a charismatic which will be useful for rising Hispanic population in Arkansas that tend to lean a tad in that direction.

Whenever this happens we see the usual SEE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (The Roman Rite) needs to have married Priests.

It is always odd to me that not too many people do not take note that the issue of married Priests are not a big issue for Catholic converts that come from other Christian communities. Unlike some cradle Catholics that see Married Priests as the "magic bullet" that will solve numerous problems many of us Catholic Converts do not. We have seen the other side.

When I hear things like "WELL WHY SHOULD I GOT TO A CELIBATE PRIEST FOR MARRIAGE COUNSELING" Now this argument is many ways is nonsense. First I am sure Priest is not devoid of all insight and actually because of calling might have insight married people do not. Further the Church has married Deacons and programs from a to z for married folks. But one huge thing gets overlooked. If married Clergy is so great as to this one issue then why out of these communities did we see the first weakening of the teaching on Divorce and remarriage. If these people provide such great counseling that it demands the Catholic Church change its whole discipline to this then why are divorce rates just as high in Christian communities with married Clergy?

Again it is not the magic bullet many people imagine.

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