Saturday, November 18, 2006

It's one of those weekends again.

You know what I'm talking about, right? It's the weekend where you know you have a few things to do around the house, but there's something in the back of your mind that keeps nagging you. That's what's happening at the moment to me. Something is missing, but I have no idea what that something is.

I think I know what it is. Most of the current players of City of Heroes have been waiting for Issue 8 to appear on the regular servers, not just the test server. We'd really like to have all the neat new stuff we've seen there.

And how about the minor uproar in the Catholic Church this week over Pope Benedict's discussion about married priests, stemming from an African archbishop's disobedience? I think the news agencies are making a mountain out of a molehill, folks. His Holiness is dealing with the problem at hand, not trying to reverse decisions made centuries ago. Could it lead to married priests in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church? I doubt it very much unless Pope Benedict has something else up his sleeve.

My questions are these: how could a priest support his family if he were married? I think it would be too much to ask a parish to support the family. The priest would then have to concern himself with other things than the spiritual health and guidance of his parish. If one of his children is sick, is he going to be able to say Mass every day like he's supposed to do? Would his wife need to find a job, or would the priest act as sole moneymaker? If so, he'll need to do something in addition to being a priest. I don't know of many people who can work two full-time jobs, especially when one is "on call" like a priest. Then there's the whole mess of how to use Church property correctly. If there's any discussion on married priests within the Latin rite, these questions are just a small sample of the ones requiring answers. Our Church needs more priests, but it also needs more men who are willing to live chaste and celibate lives to become priests.

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