+ Reply to Thread
Results 151 to 158 of 158
05-05-2012 10:57 #151
05-05-2012 11:17 #152
05-05-2012 11:27 #153
05-05-2012 13:42 #154
For a start, we do have married priests, as well as widowers.
If you're an Anglican or other christian Minister and decide to convert to Catholicism, you're out of a job. Usually, these guys are given some kind of teaching / pastoral role but in certain cases, they have become Catholic priests. I remember hearing that in some SA diocese, there were so many in this case that they had to space out ordinations so that it wasn't too obvious about the exceptions to the "married priests" rule.
IMO, though, a priest would be mad to marry - and his wife would be mad to marry him. Our poor guy here has no time to himself except a monthly annual holiday. He gets sick calls in the middle of the night and people turning up on his doorstep for counselling. He's at meetings for this and that and has to fast regularly before Masses. It's incredibly intense.
Of course, other Christian ministers have to cope with this, too, but then there is a lot of scrutiny on the minister's wife and the role she has. In most cases, she has to buy into the whole "do everything for the church" thing, too, and the kids are expected to be really well behaved. It's all unfair but it happens, particularly if it's a small community - which christian communities can tend to be.
As for the "more people turning back to the Church" thing - look at the countries where faith is strong. Irish Catholicism (along with some Italian influence) was what really began the Church here in Australia. The Irish had nothing to keep them going but their faith. They were poor and starving and unfairly treated by their English landlords - the Church was welfare and purpose to them. As it is in Africa and Asia.
Frankly, we're too rich and comfortable to need God. But as a society we also suffer depression, lack of meaning and purpose in our lives. We're not used to exercising self-control and coping with unfair treatment. A South American priest probably sees celibacy as the least of his concerns!
05-05-2012 17:39 #155
Interesting show on crime channel on Foxtel was just on about abuse in catholic church. It's on again throughout the night if people want to record
06-05-2012 19:00 #156
07-05-2012 14:04 #157
In light of recent religious discussion on the hub.. I think some comedic relief is needed!
07-05-2012 16:49 #158
By faroutbrusselsprout in forum Family & FriendsReplies: 35Last Post: 20-09-2012, 16:24
By FiveInTheBed in forum Social IssuesReplies: 14Last Post: 07-07-2012, 23:05
By Jen1234 in forum Preschools and SchoolsReplies: 7Last Post: 31-03-2012, 08:30
Innovations Sports PhysiotherapyWomen’s Health Physios who are able to assess and treat a wide range of Pregnancy and Post Natal Issues. We offer ...
LATESTToilet training: when is the best time to start?Why it is OK for your child to be differentWhat is a blessing way? How is it different to a baby shower?
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Awesome Mums of Autistic kids-how many of us are there (#3)????????Parents of Children with Special Needs
Support out there? ED issues, ttcMale Infertility Issues
Happiness thread.General Chat
QLD Hubbers...or anyone that holidays there.General Chat
Rude 10 year old. Ideas?General Chat
Testing positive but faintConception & Fertility General Chat
Mixed slumber partyGeneral Chat
Career change - good idea?Working Hubbers - Employed