I fell in love with my priest and later married him — the same torrid forbidden love story that fuels Mc Cullough’s classic novel.But in other ways, my story was nothing like that romance. I was in the middle of a breakup from an abusive, drug-addicted boyfriend when I first went to Father W for counseling ...Murphy didn't want to betray his personal integrity -- or his vows -- by taking a mistress."I know lots of people right now who are priests and in relationships -- gay and straight," he added.
A high toll on many priests Decker and his friends argue that while celibacy might make for a good way of life for priests who live in communal monasteries, like many clergy used to, most modern priests often live by themselves and have little spiritual awakening to gain from church-imposed solitude and often suffer from the seclusion.
The subject of married priests in the Catholic Church has been controversial for hundreds of years.
That controversy returned this year after an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles admitted he had fathered two children -- about the same time the Vatican released guidelines for accepting married priests from Episcopal churches in the Catholic priesthood.
A group of 11 retired high-ranking Catholic priests is causing a stir across Germany with their request to abolish celibacy.
The men are part of a group of clerics who were ordained in 1967 in Cologne - a city considered both a Catholic stronghold and one of Germany's most progressive and gay-friendly cities.