Father Angel, just wondering can Pope Francis somehow change the vow of chastity that priests take on their ordination day and allow them to get married?? Or is this something that cannot be changed? God Bless!!
Chastity=the virtue of keeping human sexuality in proper and healthy perspective according to human nature and God’s commands. Even married couples can exercise the “virtue of chastity.”
Celibacy=giving up marriage and being single. This is the promise that priests take. It is not a “vow of chastity.”
Pope Francis does not need to change any vows. The Catholic Church ALREADY has married priests.
The Catholic priests of the Anglican Ordinariate, as well as of the Byzantine, Ruthenian, Coptic, Armenian, Melkite, Chaldean, Maronite and other eastern rites already have a married priesthood, and have always had married priests.
The only Catholic priests who do not get married are the priests of the Roman or Latin rite. You are more familiar with the Latin rite priests, because of where you live in the world. Therefore, you think incorrectly that ALL Catholic priests take a promise of celibacy, which is not true.
To the question of whether Pope Francis could also allow the Latin-rite priests to get married, the answer is yes, he can. Now, in the modern mind, this sounds like a cute or nice idea, but it would be a disaster.
This would be a very unwise and impractical decision, because Latin-rite Catholics have had an unmarried clergy for over 1,000 years. Latin rite Catholics DO NOT know the dynamics, economics, or spirituality of supporting a married priest, and his wife and children. They can talk the talk, but cannot walk the walk of doing for married priests what Eastern Catholics do for their priests.
God bless and take care, Fr. Angel