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Optional Celibacy Campaign Energized by Worldwide Calls for Change

In the wake of the worldwide clergy sex abuse scandal some bishops are calling for reconsideration of optional celibacy. Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary is asking the Vatican to allow him to ordain married aboriginal men. Bishop Pat Power, the auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn, recently said "Issues such as the authoritarian nature of the Church, compulsory celibacy for the clergy, the participation of women in the Church, the teaching on sexuality in all aspects cannot be brushed aside." Archbishop Alois Kothgasser of Salzburg questioned on Austrian television whether mandatory celibacy "is an appropriate way of life" for priests.

FutureChurch has never found it helpful to promote optional celibacy in the midst of breaking news about clergy sex abuse, so the international phase of the campaign has been delayed. We will launch it when the time seems ripe, probably over the summer. Our website has been configured to send electronic and paper postcards in German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese as well as English.

NEW Priesthood Sunday prayer service

FutureChurch is launching an annual So All Can Be At the Table prayer service that will celebrate the ministry of celibate priests exemplified by St. Paul and advocate for a return to permitting married priestly ministry exemplified by St. Peter. The first annual celebration will be held on Priesthood Sunday October 31, 2010. Email emily@futurechurch.org to be notified when the new service is ready for download.

Send a Postcard

visit www.futurechurch.org and click on the optional celibacy image for electronic and paper postcards and other important actions.

Focus on FutureChurch

Spring 2010


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