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Married priests will throw up new problems

I CALL myself a humanist, albeit a Christian one.

On the question of clerical celibacy, I am ambivalent. Having been married for 43 years, I have found tremendous strength and support in being married.

But I am aware that there is another side to the picture. A celibate priest is deployable at a moment's notice: a married priest has a family to consider.

A celibate priest is cheap to employ: a married priest has to be paid something like a living wage.

These are the practical problems the Catholic Church will have to face.

JOHN WILLIAMS

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