Father Betrand Montpetit, a Montreal priest of 28 years, says the new rules are an important step forward.
“We want to have more credibility also, and the confidence, you must earn it,” Montpetit told CTV Montreal.
Murphy didn't want to betray his personal integrity -- or his vows -- by taking a mistress.
"I know lots of people right now who are priests and in relationships -- gay and straight," he added.
A group of 11 retired high-ranking Catholic priests is causing a stir across Germany with their request to abolish celibacy.
The men are part of a group of clerics who were ordained in 1967 in Cologne - a city considered both a Catholic stronghold and one of Germany's most progressive and gay-friendly cities.
The priest started calling me when I was at home and overseas to do with minor issues.
That controversy returned this year after an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles admitted he had fathered two children -- about the same time the Vatican released guidelines for accepting married priests from Episcopal churches in the Catholic priesthood.Among the men is Franz Decker, a retired priest who for over a decade led the Catholic Relief Service in Cologne."We believe that requiring that every man who becomes a priest to remain celibate is not acceptable.We think, every Catholic should be allowed to choose if they would rather be celibate or not, regardless of whether they want to work as priests or not - just like in the Protestant Church or the Orthodox church, really, every church but the Catholic Church," Decker told DW.A high toll on many priests Decker and his friends argue that while celibacy might make for a good way of life for priests who live in communal monasteries, like many clergy used to, most modern priests often live by themselves and have little spiritual awakening to gain from church-imposed solitude and often suffer from the seclusion.“Even if it would protect only one, I think it’s worth taking all the time, the energy, the money to do this.” Montpetit’s parish was one of 10 involved in the pilot project.