European Federation Anniversary Book

The European Federation of Married Catholic Priests are publishing a book to commemorate the closing of the Second Vatican Council. If you would like to reserve a copy odf this book, due to be available in November then please complete this form. The cost will be approximately £12 inc postage.

This Anniversary Book will map the history of the European Federation and the various groups throughout Europe. It will also have individual and group testimonies as to how church is being lived out in the face of the priest "shortage".

Anniversary Book

Pope Francis Says 'Door Is Always Open' to rethink priestly celibacy

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour - 30/05/14 at 10:00am

Earlier this month, 26 women wrote to Pope Francis, asking him to make priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church optional. When the Pope was asked about the issue earlier this week, he said that while he sees celibacy as “a gift to the church”, he feels that “the door is always open” to change. According to Advent, the support group for men and women and their partners who have left the active ministry, in the last 50 years some 10,000 men in England and Wales have left the priesthood in order to marry. So could celibacy ever be optional in the Catholic Church? Jenni is joined by Alex Walker, who left the priesthood to marry 25 years ago and now runs Advent, and Madeleine Teahan, Associate Editor of the Catholic Herald.

Women who love priests

A Woman's Hour Programme first broadcast on 4th September 2003

In 1993, a young Roman Catholic priest, Father Sean Seddon, killed himself. He had fallen in love with a woman, Jan Curry, and could not reconcile his love and his desire to marry her with his calling to the priesthood which demands celibacy.

Jan Curry spoke to Jenni and she explained how their relationship and how she's campaigned for the Roman Catholic Church to lift its ban on the marriage of priests.
But apart from the admittance of those married Anglican Clergy who left their own Church in protest at the ordination of women to join the Roman Catholic priesthood, there has been no shift in policy.
Father Frances Marsden ministers to the parish of St Joseph's in Adlington near Manchester and is a columnist for the Catholic Times and Jan Walker is married to the chairman of the Advent Group, an orgnaisation which supports Catholic priests who have married. Her husband Alex was a priest. They join Jenni to discuss.


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