The Movement for Married Clergy was established in the mid-seventies to further discussion of and promote the cause for the acceptance of married priests within the Roman Catholic Church. It argues for both the ordination of suitable married laymen and for the welcoming back of priests who have left active ministry and may have married, but who are able and willing to return to service.
It seeks to work within the framework of the Church in England as is clear in the Mission Statement for the Movement elsewhere on this website. Since its inception, the crisis in vocations to the priesthood has given rise to a rapidly changing age profile of serving priests which is reflected in the closure or amalgamation of parishes that is now becoming an active issue in many dioceses.
We welcome your views and support as we continue to argue the case for a change in the discipline of the Western Church.
Francis expresses openness to married priests in places with 'pastoral necessity'
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