Dear members of the Mystical Body of Christ,
This past Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, I was touched by the Second Reading from 1 Corinthians 7:32-35. Saint Paul touched on the subject of the Roman Catholic priesthood.
I have always held the belief that a Roman Catholic priest who is associated with a religious Order such as the Oblats, the Franciscans, the Dominicans, etc... God demands a greater sacrifice of them. These are the priests who make the three vows of obedience, chastity and poverty.
The Diocesan priest, they only make two vows, those of obedience to the Bishop and chastity. They do not make the vow of poverty, therefore being free to accumulate money, invest their money, purchase real estate and the list goes on.
The married priests, those who come from other religions and convert to the Catholic faith, they only make one vow, the vow of obedience to the Bishop. As a married priest, having marital obligations, the vow of chastity is excluded. Having a family and financial obligations, they do not make the vow of poverety.
During the last decade, we have heard the voice of many Catholics from around the world who have been demanding that Roman Catholic priests be allowed to marry. Such outcry, is it the Divine Will of God?
During last Sunday's reading, Saint Paul stated:
"Brothers and sisters, I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided...
... I say this for your own benefit, not to put any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and unhindered devotion to the Lord." [1 Cor. 7:32-5]
So why does the Catholic Church insist on celibacy in the Roman Catholic priesthood? It is because the Church understood the inspired Biblical message that the priest who is unmarried, he is free from anxieties. He is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord. Such a priest is able to give himself 100% in the service of the Lord Jesus as a true ambassador of God.
I pray that some of you may be able to share this message with other Catholics, especially those who persist on demanding married priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Such is not God's Will when it comes to total dedication. As it is at present in the Church, there are priests who embrace the fullness of God's calling and there are those who embrace a partial service. While both are appreciated, the priests who belong to religious Orders, they are the ones who echo Saint Paul's message of total dedication.
In the love of Jesus and Mary,
Catholic Doors Ministry
P.O. Box 7615
S7K 4R4, Canada
January 31, 2012
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