Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blog Latest Post RSS * Recent * Featured * American Papist Church Law says Permanent Deacons, all clerics, are obliged to abstain from sex, notes Canonist Edward Peters

[vote america] I have been struggling to decide the appropriate way to help bring this issue before the Church’s attention.

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters
This little point, illustrated my father Canon Layer Ed Peters, has huge potentially consequences for many thousands of men already serving as permanent deacons in the United States (and around the world), and it also promises to impact the growing number of married Anglican and other protestant clergy coming into the Church through the ordinariate established by Pope Benedict and similar, previous provisions.
Simply put: the law of the Church says that permanent deacons, because they are clerics, are obliged to observe “perfect and perpetual continence.” In simple terms, permanent deacons are obligated by law to refrain from sexual relations with their wife once they are ordained.

H/t: EENS Blog

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