Common sense and married clergy

Common sense and married clergy

Errol Duke

This is the scenario. He is about to take his wife out to dinner to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. The whole evening has been carefully planned with the two children being looked after by relatives overnight.

Then a call from the local hospital comes through. A Catholic parishioner has been in a serious road accident and needs anointing.

Yes, the local married Catholic priest now has to make an agonising choice. Which Master does he now serve?

Recently I used this example to dampen a conversation by two Catholic friends who were advocating a married priesthood. They conceded defeat immediately on the basis of pure common sense. Church law needed no mention whatever.

Elizabeth East, SA

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