And after 1980, the Vatican allowed Protestant clergy who converted to Catholicism to remain married to their wives.But Murphy isn't necessarily a supporter of married Catholic priests -- the issue could cause resentment within the ranks of a majority celibate priesthood, he said, even though it might help bolster the priest shortage in the country.
"And if the church changed today and allowed priests to marry and ordained women, I'd be there." Each coped with joblessness in different ways."Just imagine what a difference it could make if the head of a major bank that owned thousands of empty foreclosed homes decided to open the doors of those unused homes to families in the same situation as Gerry's family." Spiritually, Murphy has changed. The couple have considered starting their own church or retreat center."I think the future of the church is in small, basic communities," he said. It's not relevant to where people are in their walk today. I've just outgrown it." His wife is in a different place.And when he did find a job at a Catholic high school, his bosses told him, as a condition of his employment, he couldn't mention his time as a priest nor why he left the priesthood.The couple lost a lot of their closest friends, "and neither of our families are supportive of us wanting to continue our ministry," Kanelopoulos-Murphy said.Nationwide, about 80 Protestant clergy have left to become Catholic priests, according to research from Catholic University in Washington.
Some Eastern Rite Catholic churches, which are loyal to Rome, ordain married men.
The 67-year-old cleric deleted the post shortly after sharing it with his friends and followers, but not before several members of his congregation had seen his offensive comment and some users had taken pictures of the post.
#Jump Against Trump,” said a meme he posted to his personal account, accompanied by an illustration of a man falling from a skyscraper.
The subject of married priests in the Catholic Church has been controversial for hundreds of years.
That controversy returned this year after an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles admitted he had fathered two children -- about the same time the Vatican released guidelines for accepting married priests from Episcopal churches in the Catholic priesthood.
“I do not promote suicide,’’ Mr Pizzo told Philip J. Bautista (@matthewbautista) January 31, 2017 The priest, whose congregation come largely from immigrant backgrounds, previously posted a photo of Barack Obama with the words: “He’s not my president’’.