Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Admit women to the priesthood

In an ever-changing, modernised world, the Catholic Church needs to review its values before Catholicism vanishes completely.

The church's views on women priests especially, are acutely obsolete and disrespectful to female believers.

There is a worrying lack of young men turning to a life in the priesthood and a change to allow female ordination could ease this problem in some way.

This is not the only issue concerning the Catholic Church - priests not being allowed to marry doesn't make any social sense.

Priests are often advice-givers and counsellors to people within their communities. I would love to know the answer to how a single, celibate man can give marriage advice, or guidance, to anyone in a meaningful, effective manner?

JUSTIN KELLY

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