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Married father of four ordained as Catholic priest

DPA/The Local · 8 Jul 2010, 08:45

Published: 08 Jul 2010 08:45 GMT+02:00

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Peter Kemmether, a 62-year-old father of four children, took part in the ceremony led by Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller on Tuesday evening in the Bavarian city.

He had been a protestant pastor, but converted to Catholicism.

In similar cases the Vatican has been known to make exceptions to its insistence on clerical celibacy, and the Congregation for the Clergy there approved the decision after Kemmether completed various courses in Catholic theology, the diocese said.

According to the German Conference of Bishops, Protestant pastors have become Catholic priests on several occasions in the past, but a spokesperson said the organisation could not provide specific numbers.

The Church in Bavaria in particular has ordained several former Protestants into the priesthood in the last decade.

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These men have papal permission to carry on with their family lives as usual, and are not required become celibate.

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13:08 July 8, 2010 by sungeo
As Bipa mentioned Latin Catholic Church is not the only one Catholic Church, but they form the majority (more than 95%). Other Churches (Eastern and Oriental Catholics) follow different rites. That means, they entered into communion with Latin Catholic Church due to historical reasons. But it is fact that the Latin Catholic rite attempted to Latinise 'Other' Catholic Churches.

Anyway, several similar incidents like this are happening in the Catholic Church since 1980s all over the world. Best example is in UK; several unsatisfied married anglican priests are joining the Catholic Church in UK.

Married priesthood is not a Taboo among Eastern and Oriental Catholics. I know a handfull number within Chaldean and Byzantine rite.

But on the other hand I don't think that allowing married priesthood can solve the problems of a Church. In my country married preisthood is usual with Syrian Orthodox Churches, but still these priests are not free from allegations. Several incidents of adultry, bribery and corruption are still with those married priests.
14:22 July 8, 2010 by NYsteve
I have never considered myself religious...spiritual is more like it...Pagan...and have absolutelty no use for the RC church or any organized religion for that matter, and their antiquated rules, laws, practices. The world is a modern one now and if the RC church wants to keep its place in the world they have to change with the times. They have a shortage of people entering the seminary....I wonder why? Hats off to the church in Bavaria for recognizing and adapting!
15:51 July 8, 2010 by whatzup
I guess its going to be a case now of better a married priest than a gay one.
18:40 July 8, 2010 by Prufrock2010
After reading all those bigoted and überignorant rants from yanksavage (must be his porn name), I've come to the conclusion that he sure ain't no Jesuit and he's never set foot in Georgetown University -- or any university, for that matter. He exemplifies much of what I despise about the Catholic Church and all of what I despise about the American right wing.

At the risk of being redundant, I think the Catholic Church is the most corrupt criminal enterprise on the planet.

Now, how about some captions for that homoerotic photograph at the top of this thread?
20:00 July 8, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This has nothing to do with bigotry. It has to do with hypocrisy and corruption, the dual hallmarks of the Catholic Church.

Given the Church's ignominious history of persecuting non-believers, it's no surprise that the Church feigns persecution every time it is appropriately criticized. It's an evil organization, plain and simple. Ta Da!
21:07 July 8, 2010 by BadBob
As I have stated many times on the forum, celibacy is a "discipline" of the Church, not a dogma. What is the big deal? They married guy with children gets ordained, you bitch. The unmarried guy gets ordained, no kids, you bitch. The gay guy gets ordained, and does what gay guys do, you bitch. WTF? Does anybody on TT even have a clue what the hell they are talking about? I think not.
23:25 July 8, 2010 by eccezarathustra
Growing up in America one of the priests at my parish was married. He had no children, but he was I believe an Episcopalian preacher before converting to catholicism. Its been done dozens of times before. The point is that the sacrament of marriage having had taken place can not be undone by the church, especially when there are children involved. Its not about special treatment or some being better than others, its about welcoming everyone to the fold. This is also as far as i know the only way to receive all 7 sacraments.
04:12 July 9, 2010 by adnaw
There are certain times a marriage is able to be undone by the catholic church,it is called annullment.

There was a lot of hoopla when a young princess applied for and had it granted during the 1980s.

I kind of live by the live and let live philosophy,and that is in no way condoning anything this is totally inappropiate and unacceptable.

I also have a liking for the serenity prayer.

Unless there has been a change to the annullment ruling,that is something that I can apply for,I have no desire to do so.

I am happy for the way it is for myself
08:31 July 9, 2010 by Joshontour
References to the "Princess Bride," dead baby jokes, gay jokes, cleverly worded opinions substituting facts... I think I may be dumber for reading this discussion, but this is TT and par for this course is quite low.
09:47 July 9, 2010 by auniquecorn
(Caption for the picture)

Are you sure nobody can see us?
10:20 July 9, 2010 by OMFG
Guys - get a hobby...
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