There are thousands of validly married Roman Catholic priests, members of
the Eastern Rite (not Eastern Orthodox) churches that do not have a vow of
celibacy. Melkite Rite Roman Catholic priests are allowed to marry, but not
while exercising priestly ministry in the West. In spite of this, 3 married
Melkite Rite priests are serving in the U.S. The Vatican censured them, but
has taken no action against them. All Latin Rite (which is the norm for
American Catholicism) priests must be unmarried.
POST VATICAN II
In December, 1977, a Guatamalan Roman Catholic priest, Salvador Valenzuela,
was married to Maria Lopez by a Roman Catholic priest, Carlos Palencia.
Within 3 days, Valenzula was ex-communicated, told that his marriage was
invalid and that he was no longer a priest.
It is reported there is a strong feeling among Polish Roman Catholics for
an end to the law of celibacy. Some had thought that the Polish Pope might
initiate this, but the first years of his reign have shown very
conservative leanings, so such a change during the pontificate of John Paul
II seems unlikely.
From THE DAY, New London, Ct, 10/28/90. "A worldwide gathering of bishops,
affirming celibacy in the prieshthood, urged Pope John Paul II to make it
clear that the controversial rule won't be changed. The pope was quick to
take up the invitation. He told the bishops that although there is a
shortage of priests in some parts of the world, ordaining married men is
not the solution."
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