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Old 05-01-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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Ordination of Married Men and Women

There was an interesting article in the herald sun today about an ousted Catholic priest "Father Peter Kennedy", who questioned the forced retirement of one of the most senior men in the church in Queensland (Australia). 1

The prematurely retired bishop Morris, had been among a handful of Queensland bishops considered to contain the frontrunners for the role of archbishop of the Brisbane Archdiocese when the position is vacated later this year. 2

Bishop Morris claims he was forced into early retirement by an investigation into a 2006 letter to parishioners in which bishop Morris raised the prospect of the Church considering the ordination of married men and women to help counter a looming shortfall in priests. 3

This is of interest to Baha'is because Baha'u'llah stated;

"The pious deeds of the monks and priests among the followers of the Spirit 4 —upon Him be the peace of God—are remembered in His presence. In this Day, however, let them give up the life of seclusion and direct their steps towards the open world and busy themselves with that which will profit themselves and others. We have granted them leave to enter into wedlock that they may bring forth one who will make mention of God, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of the Exalted Throne." 5

Kind regards.

1,2,3 Father Peter Kennedy slams Vatican after Toowoomba Bishop William Morris quits | Herald Sun
4 Jesus
5 BISHÁRÁT (Glad-Tidings) of Baha'u'llah Bahá'í Reference Library - Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Pages 21-29
 
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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There appears to be truth in this statement of Baha'u'llah. I see this actually as proof of the truth in the above passage you quoted. We as humans are now ready for this, we are wanting this...and it is the old teachings that are holding some people back from what is right for them in this age.

The time has come to lift some of these archaic restrictions. Even in the 7th century, Muhammad began to reveal to mankind that celibate clergy were unnecessary, and bade imams to take wives and raise families, participating as normal members of the community. And that was a long time ago.

Baha'u'llah has made it even more clear that the time for cloistered ascetics (for is not celibacy a form of asceticism?) in the service of God has passed.
 
Old 05-01-2011, 08:44 PM   #3
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I agree.. Of course the issue of ordination to a priesthood period is kind of an issue that we Baha'is would not be involved with as we have no priests..or professional clergy to begin with.
 
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