(Re.Bishop Eddie Daly’s recent statement about compulsory celibacy)
There is an argument that “Catholic Church authorities should allow priests to marry”.
Another and better argument is that everyone has a human right to marry and no human right can be over-ridden by a humanly made law.
Therefore the question church authorities have to answer is not whether they will allow priests to marry, since it is a human right to do so , but whether it is prudent to say, if you do get married you cannot work as a priest. Just now it seems more imprudent than ever.
Different premise, different question, different answer.
Desmond Wilson, 6 Springhill Close, Belfast BT12 7SE ph 9032 6722.
Brothers: I am writing from New York.
Thanks for providing a forum to discuss the mandatory celibacy thing. It is unnatural and when it suited the Vatican to allow marriage, they did. When money and property became issues, they then concocted a theology to defend mandatory celibacy. You can’t mandate celibacy or marriage.
The argument has to shift away from the urgent numbers issue (lack of candidates) and onto the merits and demerits of celibacy, temporary or lifelong, as one chooses.
We need some courage among the clergy and there is none here in the States (they all keep their heads down out of fear of Rome), so fair play to Ireland that it is going public with the issues.
Dunlavin, Co.Wicklow and Long Island.