Catholics and Their Right to Married Priests: Struggles With the Vatican
Catholics worldwide suffer from a dire shortage of priests. The only solution, a commonly shared opinion says, are married priests. Therefore, the discipline of the Roman Catholic Church must be changed. This book tells the story from the side of the priests: They should generally be allowed to be married, if they do not have the charism of living a celibate life - and very few do, according to Matt 19:11. The author is one of those who promote this reform. With untiring eagerness, Vogels succeeded in repeatedly challenging the various church authorities time and time again, right through to the highest positions in the Vatican, to clarify the fundamental question of the right of priests to marry, and he eventually got the satisfaction that, in the final analysis, the Vatican was not able to counter the arguments which he brought forward. The conclusion from all the efforts in his battle for the right of a Catholic priest to be married, is this: Every priest can enter a sacramental marriage referring himself to 1 Cor 9:5. Rome will not declare such a marriage invalid, because the Petrine office cannot decide against the divine right, and has not done so in his case. And the conclusion for laypeople is: If priests who are not endowed by God with the charism of celibacy have the right to be married, then the laity has the right to have married priests, as well in the East of the Catholic Church, as in the Latin speaking West. 45.000 married priests are waiting to be reinstalled, and in the future no shortage of priests would ever occur.
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