I’ve had far too much about politics here of late, so here’s something Church-related.
A yet-to-be released report to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has found that 55% of priests in Australia believe that optional, rather than obligatory celibacy would be appropriate for priests in the Catholic Church. A further 16% of priests said that obligatory celibacy has had a negative impact.
The finding that 71% of respondents have a negative view of the obligation of celibacy is in accord with recently released work from overseas. Last week in the United States, a 53 diocese study revealed that 67%
I’m not opposed to a married order of priests, but I wouldn’t want celibacy made optional across the board. I count priests among the “eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” in Matthew 19:12.
How do you folks feel about this? Do you agree/disagree with the respondents? Why?