... as long as they help build market share. The acceptance of non-celibate former Anglican priests in the Catholic church is not new. The priest in the parish where I grew up has a wife. But this streamlining of the process takes it to a new, smoother level. And what it proves is that the Vatican does not believe - who could? - that a married priest cannot serve his flock as well as a celibate one. So the bar on married priests is revealed as a pragmatic one (they were once ubiquitous in the church). Now recall that the celibacy requirement has clearly contributed to the decline of the church in the US and the West and has led indirectly to the sexual abuse problems of screwed up celibates. Why would the Vatican make an exception for Anglicans but not for, you know, Catholics?

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