Robert Hockett, Cornell Law professor and contributor to Mirror of Justice and Religious Left Law blogs says the Pope’s willingness to dialogue on priestly celibacy is good news.
“It's very good news that the new Pope is open to the prospect of a meaningful dialogue on priestly celibacy. As he has noted, celibacy is more custom than dogma, and by this point it is a custom that leaves the Church chronically short of healthy pastors.
“Many of us – including some at the Mirror of Justice and Religious Left Law blogs to which I contribute – seriously contemplated the priesthood but ultimately couldn't in good conscience relinquish the prospect of one day marrying.
“Insofar as celibacy is viewed by the Church as a gift, moreover, it needn't be relinquished. The Church could recognize both celibate and non-celibate Orders, much as it recognizes Benedictine, Franciscan, Jesuit and other such Orders already, each with its own special characteristics. There seems no reason, then, not to have it both – indeed, more than 'both' – ways, while there is every reason to improve the state of things now.”
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