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After blogging last night, I do feel I need to clarify something. I don’t mean to say that I am advocating bringing all the laicized and married priests back into ministry. I was saying that it wasn’t something I’d oppose if the Church did it.

I don’t think that “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” type of reasoning is a sufficient reason not to let the men back into ministry. The reason not to should be based on sound theology and the discipline of the Church. I do know that even those who came from Lutheran and Episcopalian priesthood to the Catholic priesthood while married will tell you that married priesthood is a mistake.

I guess you could say that I have a question as to whether or not it is preferable to allow laicized men to, for example, say Mass for people who have no other priest or to deprive such people of the Sacraments. Please don’t tell me something to the effect of “Well, it’s our own fault because (we didn’t encourage our sons to be priests) (we contracepted ourselves out of existence).” The fact is that without the grace of the Sacraments the shortage is going to get worse. The Church is always medicinal rather than punitive in her thinking.

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