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Meet Montana’s married priest

Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below.

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Hermann Kepfer

posted December 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

G-D bless all priests -in particular those with valid historical orders and those those in process of achieving such orders.
Married priests we welcome you with open arms.

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posted December 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Very inspiring story. It’s so nice to see some merging of faiths. It will be intriguing to see this story unfold.

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posted December 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I always think this whole situation is kinda odd: while former anglican and episcopalian priests will be able to mantain both of the vocations they were called to, cradle catholic men won’t be able to. I’m sorry but, in a way, it’s unjust. I agree that celibacy is good, it should always be higly esteemed, and if God calls you to be celibate, then that’s awesome. But what if you’re called to both vocations: be a priest and be a hubby? Cause that’s happened to these pastors. If they were called to be husbands and priests, and the church recognizes this, then the church has to agree on the fact that maybe she’s hindering God’s will for the lives of some men. Again, i’m not against celibacy.I think it’s awesome. But if our eastern rite siblings have that, why can’t we imitate them? With the pastoral provision and the “anglicanorum coetibus”, haven’t we created an odd and unjust situation in our church for some cradle catholics? because then the roman church recognizes that a man can be called to both the priesthood and marriage. Again, aren’t we hindering God’s will for some catholic men? I think we’re holding on too tight on man made “traditions”

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posted December 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm


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posted December 13, 2010 at 12:41 am

monica: so what? we don’t take priests as mediators, you know?

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Truth 101

posted December 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm

The only reason the church started making priests not be able to marry was because of money. Early priests and even popes were married as were many of the apostles and the bible even speaks of bishops being married to one wife. So the notion that all priests need to be celibate beause it is a higher calling from God is a crock.

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posted December 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I think you are making a huge assumption here: that God is calling men in the Latin Church to both the priesthood and marriage.
In order for that assumption to be true, either the Church does not have the authority to make the decision to limit the priesthood to celibate men as a matter of discipline, or the Church has the authority and has made a mistake in doing so.
The other option is that the Church has both the authority and has exercised it correctly. God is certainly smart enough to call men in the Latin Church to both celibacy and the priesthood while calling men in the Eastern Churches to both marriage and the priesthood.

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posted December 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Are you telling God what He may or may not do, and where He may or may not do it? Probably not a particularly effective idea.

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posted December 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

1º of all i’m NOT making an assumption that “God is calling men in the Latin Church to both the priesthood and marriage”. I’m making the assumption that God may be calling – or may have called – SOME , I repeat, S-O-M-E CRADLE CATHOLIC MEN to both the priesthood and marriage in the roman church
YOUR assumption is incorrect. 1º of all, the Church has the authority – and has always had it – to limit the priesthood to celibate men. But with the pastoral provision and the “anglicanorum coetibus”, the church has entered into the ODD and, in a way, UNJUST situation of ordering some former angligan & episcopalian pastors as priests while at the same time still not allowing that possibility to cradle catholics. Nobody knows what God’s Will may be. And, since celibacy is NOT God’s commandment but rather a man-made tradition and recommendation, then God can EASILY ask the Church someday to revert compulsory celibacy, as that has been the case in the permanent deaconate.
Lynn, I totally agree with you. God can do anything He wants, and like I said, he may ask the Roman Church someday in the future – if he’s not asking it now – to revert mandatory celibacy. Again, let’s not cling to a recommendation. Let’s cling to God’s Will.

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posted January 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

This is news? There are hundreds of ministers who were already married who have converted to the catholic faith that became priests. So what?
Now try to become a priest then get married and you will end up like that dork in florida – excommunicated.
Why, becuase the church says so.

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