George's, as associate priest and eventually priest of the 850-family parish.
Paris had a choice his Roman Catholic counterparts do not have.
"The big issue is not whether celibacy is a good or bad thing, but about the terrible shortage of priests," Hoge said.
The Catholic population in the United States is 63 million and continues to grow, but the number of priests continues to decline, increasing clergy workload, frustration and burnout, he said.
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Studies have shown that allowing priests to marry would dramatically increase the pool of potential candidates.
Previous synods had addressed the matter, but it wasn't until the First Lateran Council in 1123 that mandatory celibacy became "normative," he said.OCN is not underwritten financially by any one organization, jurisdiction, or individual.Rather, OCN is supported entirely by parish and personal donations.Please remember OCN in your parish’s charitable giving.
The Orthodox Christian Network is a 501(c)(3) corporation.Robert Stephanopolous, dean of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New York. cardinals meeting in Rome this week restated support of mandatory celibacy for Roman Catholic priests, calling sexual abstinence a "gift to the church from God" and asserting that there is no scientific evidence linking celibacy and pedophilia. The option would not apply to men and women who join religious orders, said Byron, a Jesuit priest who called celibacy one of the "organizing principles" of religious communities.