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Local group wants Catholic priests to be allowed to marry
By Ken Robinson,
Newsradio WTAM 1100
Sunday, January 24, 2010
(Cleveland) - A Lakewood-based organization called FutureChurch.org has started an electronic campaign to make priesthood celibacy optional for Catholics.
Sister Christine Schenk says their site has sent more than 3,000 postcards urging catholic leaders to discuss the concept.
Schenk explains that the move toward celibacy only started in the 16th century and throughout most of Catholic history, priests were allowed to marry.
Schenk contends that married priests have a better concept of how to live a Christian life. She says one of the main reasons behind the current priest shortage is the desire of men to have a family.
A 2005 gallop poll indicated that 75% of Catholics were open to having married men ordained as priests.
Schenk says her group would also like begin discussions about the ordination of women.