It's Your Call
Oh, the irony!
It's funny -- in a rare moment of reality, even the Brothers Mary noted earlier today that they haven't had many laypeople on the last few days while they kept talking over the Pope. Last time I checked, the event in Cologne this weekend was not World Youth Priest Day.
Oh well, another opportunity to be tres grateful for the real Catholic coverage provided by CTV and Radio Vaticana.
Speaking of annoying talking heads, now it can be told: Comcast cable subscribers nationwide can find me on a TV screen near you this Monday night, the 22nd, at 9pm as a panelist on the It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle program. I'm a return guest -- my first appearance was on the evening of 19 April, when I defended the new Pope against vicious ax-grinding.
As announced before, the topic this time is clerical celibacy. But I'd really like to have a discussion about it in advance among us....
Keeping in mind that mandatory celibacy is a disciplinary requirement perfectly licit to be changed (and given the Pastoral Provision's dispensation of it), what are your thoughts on it? Should optional become the rule, or would it be too damaging to parish and ecclesial life? Would an optional policy justify the increased demands on a priest? Would an optional policy justify the expansion of the pool of men eligible to fill the ranks of the presbyterate, thus easing the vocations crisis? Would, as Andrew Greeley said, "'Optional celibacy' immediately mean 'mandatory marriage'"? Let's go all out on this.
Now, given this outlet's notably high DPT (Decibels Per Trad) Index, I'm sure there are some out there who'd like to have their own little Elvis-Robert Goulet moment and shoot the TV while I'm on it. The Vegas Hilton would keep 15 RCA console TV sets in stock for the King in case Goulet was on a media blitz....
Stock up for the next consistory.