Servants of Christ Jesus of the Catholic Faith

Apostolic See of St. John

             His Eminence Archbishop-Primate +John Paul Hozvicka SCJ, D.D.

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Married Priests

 

     All men, priest and non-priest should be married because it’s the natural order of things set up by God “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone: I will make him a help mate for him” Gen. 2:18 KJV. The woman is a great asset to the priest in helping him in his ministry for God by being involved in Church social activities, youth group, women group, mother reach out, etc. Every man and woman have needs and desires, and being human we have a weakness for obtaining the fulfillment of those needs; no matter how sinful the act becomes. Married clergy helps benefit (saves) the Church image because it will lower the risk of the priest committing sinful acts with married women or with children.

 

     On church issues that need to be resolved can be addressed better with the right attitude and readiness of mind when a help mate (wife) can help put you in the right attitude, but more important sharing ideas with your spouse, talking things out, counseling each other brings fort results. Even the Apostle Paul agrees about marriage “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.” I Cor. 7:2-4 KJV

 

To force a man to accept and practice celibacy when it’s not in his heart, yet has a strong calling from God to enter into the priesthood and his ministry; is going against the natural order of things established by God for the human race


Aaron Priesthood:

 

     The sons of Levy in the Old Testament were the priests that ministered to the children of Israel and were permitted to marry as Aaron the brother of Moses was. The high priest Caliphs in the time of Jesus was married, so was Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, was also married and a priest of the temple. Luke 1:67-79 


Note:
God established the priesthood and permitted his priests to marry. Our Religious Order will not go against what God had established. As the Church has no authority to ordain women and go against God established order, the Church has no right to force our men to practice celibacy against God establish Order.


Apostle Paul:


 

     The apostles Paul knew there had to be establish some kind of Church authority to preserve Christ teaching of salvation, a Church government  “For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee: If any be without crime, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly.” Titus 1:5-6 Douay-Rheims

“It behoveth therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, of good behaviour, chaste, given to hospitality, a teacher, Not given to wine, no striker, but modest, not quarrelsome, not covetous, but one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity.” I Timorthy 3:2-4


Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: I Tim. 4:1-4

Neglect not the grace that is in thee, which was given thee by prophesy, with imposition of the hands of the priesthood.” I Tim. 4:14


Note: Let me remind you of an old wise saying that “A single man is a half a person” but when he marries he becomes a whole person.


The Apostles:


     It is well known that all of the Apostles except John were married.  “Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?” I Cor. 9:5 tell us that the apostles took their wives with them and they spread the gospel and other leaders want to claim the same right; even peter had a mother in law the scripture tell us “When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.” Matt. 8:14 NIV


The Canons of the Holy Fathers:

Canon V.


No Bishop, or Presbyter, or Deacon shall put away his own wife under pretext of reverence. If, however, he put her away, let him be excommunicated; and if he persist in so doing, let him be deposed from office. (source: Apostolic Canon of the Holy Apostles) Also found in the Orthodox book titles “The rudder.”


Note: This canon law shows that the early Holy Fathers allowed bishops, priests and deacons to be married in accordance to God’s decree in Gen. 2:18


God Calling:

 

     I love the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church but I do not agree to force celibacy on the men who, like myself, who have God’s calling. The ideology behind celibacy is that it’s a gift to God to refrain from marriage and devote your whole life to God and his ministry. However, to force it upon a person is not a true gift to God, if the person comes on his own free-will to dedicate himself to God that is a true gift.

 

For the first thousand years of Church history priest and bishops and even pope were married at one time. The movement to start the practice of celibacy started in the council of Elvira:

 

        There are Churches that have apostolic succession that allow their priests to be married.

 

*All Eastern Orthodox Churches allow their priest to marry before ordination. Once married then they can be ordained. Single men who are ordained cannot be married later.

 

*Servants of Christ Jesus of the Catholic Faith

*Anglican Church

*Episcopal Church

*Old Catholic Churches

*Independent Old Catholic bishops Churches and Religious Order


If the Roman Catholic does anything to re-establish order to the Church allow priests and bishop to marry, its only natural, and it will equip  them better to counsel married couples. I don't care what other say or reason, you can't really know how to give good sound advise to married people if you never experience it yourself and know the love, the fun, and the hardship of marriage.


As for the Eastern Orthodox Church, you need to correct your error and allow your bishops to be married according to canon law #5 of the Ancient Church of the first 80 canon laws of the seven ecumenical councils.