To the Editor: Writer says requirement of priest celibacy hurts the Catholic church
Written by Steve Haslinger   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:28
All the answers to life are in the Bible. When we studied in Bible years ago, in the Catholic church's "Renew Bible Study Program," the mission statement of that program was "We Can Renew the Face of the Earth."
Towards the end of the "Renew Bible Study Program," our Bible study group, of approx. 15 people that met once a week each spring and fall at a home in Gibsonburg, OH, we came to the conclusion that example is most important. One cannot say, "do as I say but not as I do."
We also concluded that we could set a great example by being priestly people. Obviously, however, the Catholic church not only needs more priestly people, it also needs more priests setting that wonderful example that Jesus wants us to follow. The vow of "celibacy" is affecting the Catholic church in a very negative manner. If our new Pope brings an end to celibacy, which has been practiced for about 1,000 years, Priests could be fruitful and multiply and set a very nice example of being married with children. Priests should not be denied of one of, if not the, most important parts of any church, family life and all of its rewards.
One of my favorite parables is the one about the rich man who gave 3 of his servants each a purse of golden coins. When the rich man returned years later he praised the servant who had been very fruitful with his purse of golden coins and greatly increased their value.
The rich man is analogous to God. God has bequeathed all mankind with many gifts. Two of the most important gifts are the gift of life and the ability to increase life by having children.
Our new Pope will have the ability to increase these gifts by allowing the Catholic clergy to have children. Many of these children could follow their fathers' example and become priests. What could possibly be a better return on God's investment?

Steve Haslinger
Gibsonburg
 

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