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Celibacy is a gift from God

The Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, Bishop of Nottingham, believes priests should be allowed to marry.

The Roman Catholic Church is entitled to propose celibacy as an option for priests. However, it is not entitled to make it mandatory because celibacy is a charism, which of its nature cannot be demanded or obliged.

Celibacy is a gift from God, which he bestows on some, but not on all, priests.

From a moral law point of view, compulsory celibacy is a

moral solecism. A debate on the issue should be conducted in freedom, not muzzled within the Church.

Christ had no problem with married priests, seeing he chose St Peter, who was married.

Rev Michael Keane |Claremorris, Co Mayo

Belfast Telegraph