Q: Is it permissible for a Latin-rite priest to celebrate the Anglican rite privately? Over a five-year period an interdicasterial panel of the Holy See, the Anglicanae Traditiones Commission, reviewed and winnowed centuries of the great poetic language of Anglican texts dating back to , then assembled the best of them together, in accordance with the Roman Rite. This missal marks the first time that the Catholic Church has sanctioned liturgical texts deriving from the Protestant Reformation. However, the members of the ordinariate have stressed that this new missal is not an Anglican liturgy or Anglican-use rite separate and distinct from the Roman rite of the Catholic Church. It is not a Protestant service dressed up as a Catholic Mass.
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In recent years, the celibate priesthood has come under attack, especially in the United States in the wake of the clerical sexual-abuse scandal. What many people—including many Catholics—do not realize, however, is that the celibate priesthood is a disciplinary matter, not a doctrinal one, and there are, in fact, many married Catholic priests, including in the United States. This is an exception to the practice of clerical celibacy in the Roman rite of the Catholic Church, but just how unusual is it for the Church to allow married men to be ordained priests? Not very unusual at all. By the time of the Council of Nicaea in , clerical celibacy had become the ideal, in both East and West. From there, however, the practice began to diverge. Meanwhile, in the West, the married priesthood was fading fast, except in some rural areas.
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The belief that religious figures should be celibate began long before the birth of Christianity. Ancient Druid priests were thought to have been celibate and Aztec temple priests were expected to remain sexually abstinent. Other pre-Christian sects mandated that the people chosen for their sacrificial offerings must be pure, meaning that they had never engaged in sex.
The claims stretch as far back as the s, and the most recent claim is from the s. Xavier del Bac near Tucson. William Lies, the provincial superior of the order, said in a letter published with the list. I also share your desire for transparency and healing," the letter says.