Roman Catholics: Clerical Celibacy: An Unanswered Question

At each of the four Masses in Eind hoven's Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Dutch Bishop Willem Bekkers mounted the pulpit to tell the parish some startling news: two of their priests were resigning from the ministry, and one of them was planning to marry a widow with five children.

Since the priests had found them selves unable to keep their vows of chastity, explained the bishop, they had applied to Rome for dispensation from all clerical obligations. Bekkers, obviously sympathetic to the priests, asked the congregation not to reproach or condemn them but to pray for them, pointing...

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