The controversial move would address the critical shortage of men joining the priesthood – but is likely to drive divisions through the church by enraging conservative factions. 1980-Married Anglican/Episcopal pastors are ordained as catholic priests in the U.S.; also in Canada and England in 1994. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As it stands now, Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy and cannot be married. A Catholic priest on the KZN south coast has reportedly quit the church to marry a former nun with whom he allegedly has a 21-year-old daughter. The first Pope was married - it's time for the Catholic Church to move forward by going back. 7. All the above uses of the term “married priest” refer to a Catholic man who is validly married to a Catholic woman and is a validly-ordained Catholic priest, who lives with his wife with recourse to normal conjugal relations. And this is what a married Catholic priesthood looks like. There are around 125 married Roman Catholic priests like Whitfield, an Episcopal convert, across the U.S., experts say, and perhaps a couple hundred total around the world. The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on … Other married priests are found in some Eastern Rite Catholic churches. This was not always the "status quo". Jonathan Morris, a former Roman Catholic priest and a Fox News contributor, and Kaitlyn Folmer, an ABC News producer, were married Oct. 17 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. However, there is much scriptural and historical evidence supporting a celibate priesthood. Fox News priest Jonathan Morris is engaged to be married, can reveal.. 8. No married priest shall enter a state of public continence more than seven times in any calendar year. The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on the agenda for an upcoming synod (church council) in the Amazon region. Pope Francis has requested that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married. Pope Francis has sidestepped a request for married men to be ordained as priests and women to be ordained as deacons, saying the Roman Catholic Church should find other ways to … Long before becoming an ecclesiastical anomaly, though, I … There are married Catholic priests. (Read more about how it is possible for some priests to be married.) The Fox News religion contributor and former New York pastor proposed to … Of one thing we are clear—the first Pope, Peter, was married. Some have come from the Anglican Church to Catholicism. Popes who were married. Pope Francis has requested that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married. In a decision that has disappointed and delighted in roughly equal measures, Pope Francis ruled that married men still cannot be ordained as Roman Catholic priests. The married priesthood is not unbiblical per se (i.e., Peter was married). The Catholic church simply does not accept divorce, and anyone divorced, who then remarries or starts a sexual relationship with a new person, is committing adultery under Catholic law.