Let the rest of Europe be convulsed by debates over whether the celibacy of Roman Catholic priests is causing sex abuse scandals like the one now unfolding in Germany. Here in western Ukraine, many Catholic priests are married, fruitful and multiplying—with the Vatican’s blessing.
The many feet scampering around the Volovetskiy home are testament to that. The family’s six children range from Pavlina, 21, to Taras, 9. In the middle is Roman, 16, who wants to be a Catholic priest when he grows up. Just like his father.
...is going to make this guy's fucking head explode:
The Rev. Tom Farley looked at packed pews Sunday morning and made a promise. "There is an elephant in the room," Farley said as Mass began at St. Clare Catholic Church in Southwest Portland. "But we'll talk about it later—after Communion. "
He was referring to the letter he'd sent to the congregation last week, which detailed why these Sunday Masses would be his last as a priest. "I leave because of a private longing in my heart and soul that I have ignored or suppressed to my detriment," he wrote in the letter. "I love priestly ministry but I cannot live this life of celibacy."