Allow us to marry our lover-priests, girlfriends beg Pope
By News Express on 19/05/2014
A group of Italian women who are in love with priests appealed to Pope Francis yesterday to abandon the Catholic church’s ban on priests having sex and getting married.
The 26 women, signing just their first names, sent a letter to the Pope saying it was hypocritical for priests to live a “hidden life”.
“We are a group of woman from all parts of Italy . . . Each one of us is having, has had or wishes to have a loving relationship with a priest with whom she has fallen in love,” the group wrote.
The women, who met through a Facebook campaign, wrote to the Pope requesting a meeting to put forward their case, claiming they were just “a small sample” of the many partners of priests “living in silence.”
“We love these men, they love us, and in most cases, despite all efforts to renounce it, one cannot manage to give up such a solid and beautiful bond,” they wrote.
“We humbly place our suffering at your feet in the hope that something may change, not just for us, but for the good of the entire Church,” added the unnamed women in the letter that was first reported by the website Vatican Insider.
Debate is growing on the merits of ordering priests to abstain from sex and marriage, which is designed to allow nothing interfere with their close relationship with God.
Some 6,000 parish priests who have left the priesthood to wed now live in Italy, compared to a total of 33,000 parish priests currently in service.
Pope Francis has previously supported the tradition of celibacy, but has suggested his position might waiver.
“For now, I am in favour of maintaining celibacy, with all the pros and cons that come with it, because in ten centuries there have been more positive experiences than errors,” he was quoted saying in 2010, before he became Pope, in the book, On Heaven and Earth.
Pope Francis has revealed he had a girlfriend in Argentina as a young man before choosing to become a priest.
He has argued that celibacy is more Church tradition than hard and fast dogma, pointing out that up until 1100, some priests chose it while others did not.
And he suggested exceptions might be made, writing: “If, for the sake of argument, western Catholicism reviewed the celibacy question I think it would do so for cultural reasons (as in the East), not so much as a universal option.” “It is a question of discipline, not faith. It can be changed.” But he added: “Personally I never considered marrying.”
In their letter, the women said they wished to come out in the open and support their partners “in their calling, which is strengthened by the vital force of love they discovered with us.”
Turning to their own plight, the women wrote that “very little is known about the devastating suffering of a woman who is deeply in love with a priest.”
The options priests in love faced were ending the relationship – often leaving both partners “scarred for life,” leaving the Church, or carrying on in secret, the women wrote.
That, they said “involves living one’s life in a constant state of hiding, frustrated by an incomplete love, with no hope of childbearing; a love that cannot see the light of day.”
In one example supporting the anti-celibacy campaigners a prior at a Cistercian abbey near Milan has told how he was advised by his fellow monks to keep an affair he was having under wraps when he revealed he was in love with a woman.
“Do what you want, but keep it hidden,” Father Alberto Stucchi said he was advised, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
Father Stucchi decided to leave the order, before his new-found partner died of bone cancer.
•Pieced together from reports in The Times and Telegraph. Photo shows Pope Francis.
Source News Express
26 Italian Women Write to Francis-Bergoglio
To Let Them Marry New Order Presbyters
From: The TRADITIO Fathers
26 Italian Women Want New Order Presbyters to Marry Them
They Write Francis-Bergoglio to Break the Law of Celibacy
Because They Claim Their Illicit “Love” Is “Rooted in the Lord”
Protestant Ministers and Jewish Rabbis Have Already Learned
How Disastrous a Non-Celibate Clergy Is
Divorce Rates Are High, Adultery Is Rife
Numerous Protestant Pastors Have Been Fired for Adultery
26 Italian women have publicly confessed to “loving” New Order presbyters and wanting to start “relationships” with them. Rather than straightening out their moral lives, these women have written to Francis-Bergoglio to ask that he break the law of celibacy for them. They dare to claim that their illicit “love” is “rooted in the Lord.” Rather, it is rooted in their own selfishness, which would rather engage in an infamous “relationship” than correct their own immorality. It is as if a woman argued: I really want to kill my unborn baby, so change the law to make it right for me to do!
The 26 women claim that they could help the presbyters in their jobs because they would be “supportive” of the presbyters. This argument is as ridiculous as the one that fornication before marriage is good, whereas in fact those who fornicate before marriage are twice as likely to end the marriage in a few short years.
Protestant ministers and Jewish rabbis have already learned how disastrous a non-celibate clergy is. Divorce rates are high. Adultery is rife. Numerous Protestant pastors have been fired from their ministries for adultery in public scandals. What kind of a “love” is it that breaks God’s law so grievously and asks Bergoglio to “bless our loves,” immoral as they may be. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by La Presse.]
Even some Catholics have the false notion that clerical celibacy is some whim that can be changed at will by any pope, just as you can have the “Mass of John XXIII,” the “Mass of Paul VI,” or the “Mass of Pope Whatever” instead of the immemorial Traditional Latin Mass of the Catholic Church. Every Newpope can do his own thing, they say; he doesn’t have to follow God’s natural moral law, Sacred Scripture, or Sacred Tradition. Such a false notion is just more Modernistic unCatholic claptrap. For further information, click on FAQ10: How Do You Explain These Traditional Catholic Beliefs? in the section “Priestly Celibacy.”