The writer is a former RC priest.
From Mr Robert Nowell
Sir: Bishop Hugh Lindsay (5 July) is indeed right to point out that clerical celibacy is
an outstandingly idealistic way of showing we are made to live not only in the here and now of this world but also in the next life, with God.
But would not this witness be far more effective if celibacy were voluntary and not, as at present in the Latin Church with the exception of married former clergy of other Churches, a compulsory requirement for the exercise of the priestly ministry?
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