Married Priests? Why Francis’s Next Idea Is As Silly As It Sounds

Matt Grimes, Writer

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Last October, The Catholic Church decided to break 1000 years of Church precedent by allowing married deacons in some parts of the Amazon Rainforest to become ordained Priests. This breach, one of many under the guise of Pope Francis, is a symptom of a larger problem within the Church: the growing willingness to bend the Bible’s teachings and Church doctrine in order to fit the will of a society that is straying further and further from morality. 

First off, people who advocate for Married Priests don’t understand the many ways a Priest must serve his Church (many of them aren’t Catholics anyway, and never will be, but get a good dopamine kick out of telling others how to “progress”). A Priest to his Church is like a Shepherd to a flock. He must serve his followers selflessly, and in order to do this he must bind himself to a lifetime of celibacy. Secondly, a Priest is responsible for carrying out the sacred ritual of mass, a duty that would be stained by the priest’s feelings and thoughts toward his potential wife. 

As small-scale as this decision may be, it is just another line that has been crossed in the modernizing Papacy of Pope Francis. Unlike his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who dedicated his papacy to fighting moral relativism and child sexual abuse within the Church, Pope Francis has taken a relaxed attitude toward both. Recently, evidence emerged that Francis himself helped to cover up allegations made against Cardinal Theodore McKarrick, who has since been convicted of sexual abuse and defrocked. Francis’ hypocritical, ineffective, and deceptive stance on this issue is the most prominent of his mistakes. He has grievously abandoned the doctrine of Hell, thus distorting the core concept of the Gospel.

Few times in history has the Church been so ill-served as under the papacy of Francis. He should take the road of his predecessor and retire, in order to make way for a revitalization of Catholic principles under a more traditional Pope. A house built on the sands of societal change will not last, but a house built on the stone of Bible doctrine will stay forever.