Call to priesthood ‘not the same’ as call to celibacy

23 July 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
The dean-elect of Salzburg University’s Catholic theological faculty has called for married priests and women deacons in the Church. “Married priests and women deacons should be reintroduced as soon as possible. That would bring new dynamism to the Church,” the future dean, Professor Dietmar Winkler, told the Austrian daily Salzburger Nachrichten. The interview was published during the Salzburg Festival and immediately hit the headlines.Professor Winkler said he could not see why men who felt called to the priesthood should be forced to remain celibate. Asceticism, which Religious felt called to, was a charism that could not be forced on people, while compulsory celibacy was not introduced for several hundred years and for diverse reasons – one of which was to prev

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