Fr. Allan Hawkins: Married clergy is part of the Anglican Patrimony

???????????????????????????????Father Allan Hawkins, pastor emeritus of St. Mary the Virgin, Arlington, Texas, a Pastoral Provision parish which now hosts the Ordinariate Community of St. Peter the Rock under a common pastor Fr. Timothy Perkins, has revived his blog.

The first post of the new series is a beautiful article making the case for a married clergy as in the Anglican tradition. You can find the full text of the post here. It is well worth reading.

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One Response to Fr. Allan Hawkins: Married clergy is part of the Anglican Patrimony

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    You wrote: The first post of the new series is a beautiful article making the case for a married clergy as in the Anglican tradition.

    Yes, married clergy are very much part of the Anglican patrimony!

    The apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetubus and the associated “Complementary Norms” manifest a clear tension within the Vatican between, on the one hand, a desire to preserve the discipline of celibacy in the Roman Rite and, on the other hand, a recognition that it might not be practicable within the ordinariates because of their longstanding patrimony of married clergy.

    The other reality is that this discussion arises at a time when many dioceses of the Roman Rite are not getting enough celibate seminarians to sustain the needs of ministry going forward, especially in Europe and North America, forcing bishops to consider alternatives — and some moderation of the discipline of celibacy is the least objectionable alternative. As I have noted before, there are a couple serious practical issues involved in this. The first is that married clergy need support, either in salary or in kind, that’s sufficient to provide for their families as well as themselves — which could require a significant realignment of diocesan and parish budgets. The second is that many existing Catholic rectories are not configured in a manner that’s suitable for married clergy with their families and thus would require major remodelling, at a cost that is not exactly insignificant, to accommodate a new situation. For this reason, the Vatican wants the initiative to come from the bottom up, through the episcopal conferences within their own territories, rather than from the top down. My guess is that we are likely to see some moderation of the discipline of celibacy in the territories of some episcopal conferences in Europe and North America within the next ten or twenty years, if not sooner, especially given the comments recently attributed to the pope on the matter. The real questions are where, how soon, and how extensive these moderations will be.

    Of course, any moderation of the discipline of celibacy within the territory of an episcopal conference will automatically extend to any ordinariates established therein.

    Norm.

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