Monday, November 21, 2011

Priests grow up isolated from families...

There are many Catholycs (and Catholics) who question whether a priest can adequately advise individuals and families, as they are not married, do not have children etc.

I usually tell them that priests are not suddenly born as priests but grow up in families (good, bad and otherwise) and have a multitude of experiences. Many have brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and play a role in their lives. If we go by their logic, then a doctor can only treat someone with cancer if he/she has it.

Deacon Greg over at The Deacon's Bench, posted a story about Bishop Nickless of Souix City, Iowa. Bishop Nickless talks about growing up in a family and what his experiences have taught him. Further, he explains how he is married.

For more, go here.

1 comment:

Katherine said...

Your point is well taken. There are good and bad arguments, both for and against mandatory celibacy.