Sun | Sep 23, 2018

Scrap celibacy vow for Catholic priests

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Congratulations to my friend, Father Michael Lewis, former Roman Catholic priest, for renouncing his vows of celibacy and taking the beautiful Patricia Moss-Solomon for his bride.

I met Father Michael while he was rector of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and, as he travelled with me to the place of interment after funerals, we would always have a lively discussion on current affairs.

Father Lewis is the second Roman Catholic priest in Jamaica to renounce his vows of celibacy, the first being Father Harry Mallett, who baptised me while he was a priest at St Anne's Catholic Church in the 1960s.

The loss of the Roman Catholic Church is the gain of the Anglican Church, where priests are allowed to wed and raise a family while ministering to the flock.

Father Lewis, we look forward to seeing you work in Jamaica once again and, as the former editor of the Catholic Opinion, we look forward to your writing in the Anglican newspaper.

The revolutionary Pope, Holy Father Francis, who once worked as a bouncer in a nightclub and who was very instrumental in the talks with the United States in ending the Cuban embargo, should look into the vow of celibacy and allow nuns and priests to enjoy the holy sacrament of matrimony.

I do not believe being married would affect the performance, dedication and commitment of wedded nuns and priests.