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Attempting to exude the gravitas of well-intentioned resignation, our pontiff, who just appeared for the second time on the cover of Rolling Stone, is now sighing all over the Internet that the vocations crisis may just force him to ask some viri probati (married viri probati, mind you) to step up to the sacred plate.  After all, seminaries these days are as empty as St. Peter’s Square.  What is a Supreme Pontiff supposed to do?

Never mind that Pope Francis’ own yes-man from Malta has finally stated openly what, until now, has remained menacingly implied pretty much everywhere during these long post-Vatican II decades:  namely, that any young man who feels truly called to become an alter Christus in the unlimited service of God is very welcome not to let the door hit him on his way out.  But for purposes of mainstream consideration, all we are supposed to talk about is the fact that there aren’t enough priests, which leaves a serious-minded and good-hearted shepherd like Pope Francis between a rock and a hard place.  Even the Holy Spirit would have to admit (wouldn’t He?) that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Sunday, March 12, 2017

In Defense of Priestly Celibacy Featured

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catholic priest and wife
Editor's Note:This excellent article is a Remnant translation of "Défense du celibat sacerdotal" by the SSPX French District back in 2013 in its Lettre a nos freres pretres.  It can be read in French here. Our translator has not asked for credit but would very much appreciate your prayers for his intentions. MJM


Priestly celibacy, which the Catholic Church has kept for centuries like a sacred jewel, has been, for a number of years, the object of doubts, challenges, and even virulent attacks. The consciences of Catholics are troubled, while aspirants to the priesthood and priests are perplexed. It is therefore necessary to examine this question in the light of the Gospel and of the authentic Tradition of the Church.


Objections against priestly celibacy

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Breitbart links to The Remnant's Open Letter to President Trump, asking for an investigation into U.S. interference in Pope Benedict's resignation, after Italian archbishop says Benedict resigned under "tremendous pressure." 

Plus, a Protestant minister's reaction to Pope Francis on atheists, EWTN, Phil Lawler and Deal Hudson on Pope Francis's revolution.
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