Saturday, 21 May 2016

National Catholic Register: Wives of Priests Reveal Their Unique Vocation as Spiritual Mothers

National Catholic Register: Wives of Priests Reveal Their Unique Vocation as Spiritual Mothers

by Peter Jesserer Smith

"The vocation of the priest’s wife comes from the fact that the Catholic Church has both married and celibate clergy traditions among its 24 sister Churches that are in communion with the Bishop of Rome. In the Eastern Churches and in the Latin Church, only celibates can be ordained bishops, and priests can never marry after ordination.

Most of the Eastern Catholic Churches — with the exception of the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Churches — follow an ancient tradition of ordaining both married men and celibate men to the priesthood. In this tradition, ordained celibates live together in the monastery, while ordained married men, with their wives and families, serve a parish."

Good on the National Catholic Register for giving recognition to these wonderful presbyteras. The role of the priest's wife in Eastern-rite (and Anglican rite Catholicism) is much forgotten, but vital.


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