Married Priesthood, a solution?
From the Heartland
with John Kasich, June 21st 2003
John Kasich interviews
Bishop Joseph Galante, Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas.
Bishop, let me tell
you I was hosting the O'Reilly Factor one night right
when you came out with a zero tolerance and I declared
the Church to have awaken but I'm still concerned now
and I'm a supporter of the Church, it's a great institution,
one of the greatest institutions in the world, but
you write and have expressed your concern about the
growing sense of privilege and entitlement that may
have lead to these sorts of sins among the Catholic
I have said this:
That certainly at ordination a change takes place theologically
however what has accompanied it for a variety of reasons
many of which are societal, is a sense of entitlement
It's like the old
estates in France, the first estate, the 2nd estate,
the 3rd estate who were the privileged people in France,
I think that, not intentionally, but in fact, this
sense of privilege and entitlement has come about and
what was lost in it was the sense of being a shepherd,
You do not believe
celibacy is the nub of the problem. Can you explain
Yes, I believe very
strongly that celibacy is not the nub of the problem.
Celibacy properly understood and excepted, is a particular
way of living and loving as Jesus does. It is not to
exclude people from our lives but it is not to have
any exclusive relationships but to open ourselves to
all the people that come into our lives. And more importantly,
that love is not merely an expression of the genital
affection, but that ...
I think the point you've made in your writing is that
it is a gift and shouldn't be used for punishment.