May i become a catholic while dating a married man

11 Aug

The Roman Catholic Church bars most married men from becoming priests, but that rule, could, in theory, be changed.Priestly celibacy is rooted in tradition, not Catholic dogma, so the pope could change it overnight.2 man, has said the issue is open for discussion, though still a firmly rooted Catholic tradition.[Papal Primer: History's 10 Most Intriguing Popes] Those who are happy with the current rules say priestly celibacy allows priests time and energy to focus completely on their flock and to emulate Jesus, who was unmarried, more faithfully.By remaining celibate and devoting themselves to the service of the Church, priests more closely model, configure themselves to, and consecrate themselves to Christ.As Christ himself makes clear, none of us will be married in heaven (Mt –30).

The reasons Latin rite priests can’t marry is both theological and canonical.

"Lots of people just can't do it." In a 2012 study in the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, researchers found that a sizeable minority of priests had sexual relationships, some with men and some with women, during their tenure, and 30 percent admitted to masturbation.

There are other problems with barring priests from marriage, Sipe said.

In theory, the pope could change the rule overnight. Currently, priests are paid through the donations people offer to the church.

If priests are married, "you're going to have kids, health care expenses, and you have to pay for school — [kindergarten] through college," Shea told Live Science.