In response to the sexual scandals among the clergy, Professor David Carlin has proposed opening the priesthood to married men.  Though understandable, I believe his proposal is misguided.  In fact, I think it would be a calamity.  Priestly celibacy is needed today more than ever.
Celibacy is a gift of inestimable value to the Church and to the world at large, the jewel in the crown of the Latin Church.  Celibacy has been valued by the Church from her very beginnings as a way of life that is especially conducive to contemplation and a heart undivided in its love for the

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