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Should Priests Marry

Should Priests be allowed to marry?

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Hi Maria, God bless you dear, but marriage doesn't stop all people from sexual sin, that's for sure! I can give you 3 examples of that: Steve, David and Bill lol!
---Mary on 7/11/07

Part 2: Hi, just to clarify what I meant, I wasn't the one doing the cheating--my ex-husbands did. :)
---Mary on 7/11/07

I think they should be allowed to marry, yes. I do not think that would solve the problem of sexual sins committed by Priests in the Catholic church necessarily, but the bible does not forbid marriage so neither should anyone else.
---hadaa7675 on 7/11/07

YES,1 Corn.7:9 If they cannot contain themselves they should marry, better to marry than burn (in lust) says the Word of God NOT the Word of man.
When we choose man's word over GOD'S Word, it breeds Sin, like Priests molesting Boys,
this is what took place in Romans 1:27
---Charla on 7/11/07

all priests should marry,it wiil stop them from sexual sin and he that shepherds a good home also shepherds a good church
---maria on 7/10/07

Pastor james :you did express your opinion but what did Jesus He was & is known as the high priest.inMatt19:12 & 21does not he require Obedience chastity & povertyof himself & his priests.Priests in the RCCknow this & accept this in their calling.those who do not are free to leave & follow their line of thought & function.
---Emcee on 7/10/07

Pastor James :you did express your opinion: but what did Jesus He was & is known as the high Matt19:12 & 21does not he require Obedience chastity & poverty of himself & his priests.Priests in the RCC know this & accept this in their calling.those who do not are free to leave & follow their line of thought & function.
---Emcee on 7/10/07

Cindy Rodgers:: By your theory how would you stop DIVORCE, Fornication& all the attached sensual attribruites performed, out of christian character??? do you think that priests alone are the guilty ones what about pastors, young crazed men, Some Fathers, husbands etc or are you?.Do you think you hit the nail on the head by your unthinking statement, or postulate a bias.
---Emcee on 7/10/07

Cindy "It does attract them by the droves"
So, Cindy, do Protestant bible clsses, and swimming clubs, schools.
---alan_of_UK on 7/10/07

Yes Priests should have the freedom to marry, it is because the Pope says no to marriage that Gives Satan a foothold in a priests life.
Jesus never said that a priest should not marry.
---Pastor_James on 7/10/07

Yes. It would slow down the child molestations and every other form of alternate lifesytles that can hide behind the priesthood. It does attract them by the droves.
---Cindy_Rogers on 7/10/07

i think priest should only marry there own religion.
---Jordan on 7/9/07

Harold::Jesus was the high priest highest of them all He did not marry.Martin Luther was apostate .he denied his god & his church.
---Emcee on 7/9/07

Yes, It is needed to truly set the example for the congregation. You cant do one thing and teach another. That is not His law.
---Matt_Splatt on 7/9/07

Paul was the Catholic church's perfect Priest. He said that he chose not to marry, because he had his focus on Heavenly things, and a man who is married has Earthly cares. Martin Luther had it more correct. After he decided that if it was not in the Bible, it didn't apply to him, he married a former Nun, and they raised children and had a family life. This didn't stop Luther from doing his teaching work, but humanized him. Yes, ministers should marry.
---harold on 7/9/07

1Corin.2I want you to be free from concern 1-who's unmarried is/concerned about things of the Lord/how to please the Lord;one who's married is/concerned about things of the world, so to please his wife&his interests are divided. unmarried/virgin is concerned about things of the Lord,so she may be holy both in body&spirit;who's married is concerned about things of the world&how she may please her husband.If you marry,you've not sinned;...Yet such will have trouble in this life,&I am trying to spare you.
---Lisa on 7/9/07

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Marcia, the Catholic Church does not forbid marriage, but it does impose a rule which it has sufficient authority to place upon its clergy. You are not required to be a priest or nun or monk to enter Heaven. The Catholic Church allows the choice of the vocation of marriage OR the vocation of holy orders. A clergyman who marries will not be damned unless he first made a vow to remain celibate. If a man or woman makes such a vow before God and then breaks that vow, that is a very different matter.
---lorra8574 on 7/8/07

I can't believe that the quetion of whether or not a priest should marry would be so heated. Ouch!! Read I Corinthians 7, God blesses the Church when it is obedient to his order. It is not the decision of the Catholic Church or the Protestant Church of whether or not a man should take a wife. The decision belongs to the man. Stop trying to control others with man-made laws. A priest will not be sent to Hell if he marrys.
---Marcia on 7/8/07

Ashley::A FACT: if it walks like a duck squarks like a duck it is a DUCK'If what you say is truth, Then you should know that those who live by the sword will die by the sword.But the truth will set you free.God preached LOVE & commanded us to do so.You do not exude that quality.
---Emcee on 7/8/07

Robyn, those priests and those who did nothing to stop them will burn in Hell for all eternity, the same goes for every teacher, coach, minister, rabbi, father, mother, and other person in a position of responsibility who abused that position to molest the children in their communities. Most priests do not molest children, some married men do. Celibacy is not the issue in this case.
---lorra8574 on 7/8/07

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"Why are pop-evangelicals discussing an issue of interest ONLY to Latin-rite Roman Catholics?"

Why do you hack, Jack, on everyone who's discussing Christian issues that have absolutely nothing to do with Orthodoxy or Rome?
---Chris on 7/7/07

Jack, people come, people go. We don't have a farewell party, we don't say Goodbye, they simply fall off the radar. If you left, I wouldn't throw myself on the ground and wail over it. I wouldn't miss your mean and nasty answers.
---karen on 7/7/07

Emcee: I teach truths on my blogs. If they cut someone to the quick like a two edged sword, that is the purpose. To get everyone studying in detail to see the truth in all things and not man made doctrines designed to deceive others. I quote things that really happened from the past through the archives of history. they cannot be changed, ignored or denied. they are fact. if many choose to blind their eyes to that, the sin of ignorance is upon their heads, no one else.
---ashley on 7/7/07

Jack, well, la ti da. What does that have to do with anything. And that should impress the rest of us, how?
The point, Jack, is that Christians here are permitted so speak their opinions about any and every doctrine that is contrary to the Word of God. I don't believe in your additional rules and Orthodox traditions. The snidely whiplash remarks you make - defining everyone else who does not agree with you as a pop-evangelical is adversarial.
---Chris on 7/7/07

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Ashley::He who aspires to a higher degree of
perfection must follow the 3 Evangelical councels: Perfect obedience,perpetual chastity,& voluntary poverty. Matt19:21 Implies obedience, come follow me, let your conduct be like me. Mat19:12this covers chastity."go sell what you have"Mat19:21this is poverty John5:30-47 These were the councels of the Lord The High Priest.People who are called to be priestsKnow understand & Follow.Its their choice.what is yours to denigrate,interfere or Follow.
---Emcee on 7/6/07

The way they are raping and molesting our kids they should. This is a horrendous crime and sin before God and man. The RCC is going to have Hell to pay one day. This is all I will say....peace
---Robyn on 7/6/07

Eze 44:21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.
22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.

God permitted priest marriage from the beginning.
---a_servant on 7/6/07

It is better for a man of God not to get married so that he can focus on how he may please God. However if a preist marries he has not sinned. We are all called to be priest and priestest of The Lord. God's word states that Priest are allowed to marry. The Catholic church forbids it.
---Marcia on 7/6/07

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I know it is not edifying to point fingers.but it is so noticeable, That the minions of Satan continue to Beat on the doors of The RCC giving credence to our Lords statement "the gates of hell shall NOT prevail against it".Matt16:18--God is with us.Deo Gratias.
---Emcee on 7/6/07

Ashley::It seems you have a vendetta,not with man but with God.I give you this to consider "Blessed are the poor in spirit"
---Emcee on 7/6/07

Jack:: I also wanted to,but to turn the other cheek is more edifying Profitable & christ like.God judges idle words & actions.
---Emcee on 7/5/07

God said in the bible: it is not good for man to be alone. Eve was created for Adam, everyone was encouraged to marry to fulfill the commandment, muliply and replenish the earth. that went for everyone, no exceptions. catholic priests were allowed to marry until 1550, when the vatican decreed clergy and nuns should remain celibate. Not God. archives of history, Poland. 1665. The words of the pope and God are often contradictory. He signed an allegience with Hitler when he visited Mussolini in 1938. Fact!
---ashley on 7/5/07

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A rule is made for a reason & those who willingly enter this Lifestyle fully well understand & undertake this duty devoting all their energies to God & his flock.This is the Catholic church: priests who do not wish to live this austere life are free to opt out.One cannot serve 2 masters.what everhappens in other denominations is what they choose.People break rules & laws but those who hold fast to their Calling will be glorified.There are many Bachelors & spinsters in this world BY CHOICE.
---Emcee on 7/5/07

Chris ... No this is not an Orthodox or RCC site, nor is it an anti-RCC and anti-Orthodox site, or at least should not be, since it calls itself "The Worldwide Christian Marketplace"
---alan_of_UK on 7/5/07

**Jack, you think you own the place. You don't, and we certainly don't have to bow down to please your strong Orthodoxy views.**

Are you saying that because I'm not pop-evangelical, I shouldn't post here?

Why is my question not appropriate? What's it to members of church A the disciplines of Church B?

As a matter of fact, there are three married Eastern Catholic priests in communion with Rome in my city.
---Jack on 7/5/07

Part 2:

**Is this an Orthodox or RCC blog site?**

My own observation is that this is a Bash the Catholics blog site.
---Jack on 7/5/07

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Is this an Orthodox or RCC blog site?
If it was, then Jack could moderate the comments.
Since it is not, we'll let the Moderator of this site moderate our comments and we are free to speak about this subject. You've been here so long, Jack, you think you own the place. You don't, and we certainly don't have to bow down to please your strong Orthodoxy views.
---Chris on 7/5/07

It probably won't happen in our lifetime, but Yes, they should be allowed to marry.
Why, because we wouldn't have so many RCC Bishops having to step down or being moved all over the country due to child molestations. The church also attracts men who are attracted to other men, they can hide behind the robes. It would put a damper on all of these unscriptural behaviors.
---Chris on 7/5/07

In the first place there is no priest office in the NT. church. That is all OT. Levitical which was done away with in Christ. We are now all priests and kings (Rev.1:6). All of us are able to offer sacrifices with no need of a mediator except Christ. But to those who still have priests leading the church instead of those prescribed Biblically, I would say follow your own rules.
---john on 7/5/07

Yes, priests should be allowed to marry. It is a man-made rule of the RCC that says that they cannot marry. It is not Scriptural. In fact it is not Scriptural to have "priests" to start with, as there is only one High Priest and His name is Jesus Christ.
---Helen_5378 on 7/5/07

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During the first few centuries of Christianity it was essential that Bishops be married as during this era there was a strong movement away from marriage by those striving to serve God. Times change. God's Law does not change, but people shift with the popular morality and today, the shift away from marriage is not a shift toward God as it was in the first few centuries. Now, more than ever in history, we need men and women to follow Christ's example in faithfullness and chastity.
---lorra8574 on 7/5/07

Jack ... Perhaps this is supposed to develop into a BTC blog?
---alan_of_UK on 7/5/07

(1) First, a priest needs to be a Christian, "for without Me you can do nothing," Jesus says in John 15:5. So, if a man is not a Christian, it doesn't matter if he marries or not.

Also, we have seen how, in institutionalized copy-cat conformist religious CULTURE, predators have been able to fake their way even all the way into the priesthood.

Because religious conformists judge superficially. So, policy reform, alone, is not enough.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/4/07

(2) Our Apostle Paul has given commandment >>

"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife . . .
sober-minded . . . one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?)" (in 1 Timothy 3:2-5)

So, before a man is to be trusted with the care of God's church, he needs to be proven in his own home, first.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/4/07

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(3) So, God wants FAMILY men to be pastors . . . ones who have succeeded in learning how to do well in their own marriages, and in bringing up their own kids, so then they can help other married couples with how God has corrected and improved them.

But there are individuals who take it on themselves to disobey this. I understand, that the true apostolic succession consists of us who obey our Apostle Paul.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/4/07

(4) So, "Should Priests be allowed to marry?"

Well, Paul commands that before a man may be just CONSIDERED for ordination to take care of God's people, this man must "first" (1 Timothy 3:10) be "tested" to see if he can take care of his own family well.

So, he needs to not just be married, but be a successful FAMILY man . . . with experience in the real world, so he can understand and help others in their marriages and bringing up children.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/4/07

Yes!!! 1 Cor. 7:7-9.
---Leon on 7/4/07

Why are pop-evangelicals discussing an issue of interest ONLY to Latin-rite Roman Catholics?

FWIW, in all the Eastern Churches, a married man may be ordained Deacon and Priest--but this is NOT the same as a Priest getting married.

In other words, make up your mind on this issue BEFORE ordination, and if so, marry and have your household in order and your children being raised properly, as the Bible says.
---Jack on 7/4/07

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Before a priest becomes a priest he knows what the rules are and agrees to abide by them. Some churches require that their pastor be married. We can have all kinds of opinions but if that's what the church agrees upon then it's their business. If a priest wants to get married he is free to do so but he may have to find another job. It's up to him.
---john on 7/4/07

There are, I feel few denominations which would prohibit their priests/ministers to marry. I am both an ordained minister and married, which within my denomination is beneficial for the parish in which I work, my wife is also an ordained minister - therefore we can support each other in our varius ministries.
---John on 7/4/07

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