More than 70 men have used the 27-year-old provision to become Catholic priests in the U.S. Lowe, who is 68 and retired in 2002 after 32 years as an Episcopal priest in Newton, Mass., is the first in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Mahony said people should view the ordination as an exception and not an indication the church may change its requirements and bring in more married priests.
Many of the parishioners weren't listening. Worried about the shortage of priests, they viewed the ordination as a symbol.
"I think it's opening a door for married priests in the future," said Michelle Paschen of Camarillo. "And yes, I think priests should be married."
John Blankenship, 68, of Camarillo went further.
"I think it's great that we're moving forward," he said. "Hopefully that will eventually lead to women being priests."
Thursday, May 10, 2007
My prayers continue for all...