Church needs to enter the 21st century

With the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will be resigning as head of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of February due to personal reasons, it is now time for the College of Cardinals to elect a pope that will be more moderate in views, especially regarding allowing priests to marry.

There is no reason why priests should not be allowed to marry. In other Christian denominations, clergy are permitted to be married, so why shouldn’t Catholic priests be allowed also? If a priest is married, how would that affect his ability to be a leader of his congregation?

It would not be detrimental at all. Priests are human like all of us, and while they have taken a vow of celibacy, they still have feelings and emotions. It is time for the Catholic Church to stop burying its head in the sand like an ostrich and come back to reality.

The reality is that it is time for the church to be more moderate in all of its teachings. We are in the 21st century and we must be realistic.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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