Married Man Becomes Maronite Catholic Priest in US

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, February 27 2014 Feb 27, 2014 Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:54:00 PM CST February 27, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The new priest at St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis is a married man.

Wissam Akiki was ordained Thursday night in the church that sits near downtown St. Louis. Several hundred people - including Akiki's wife and 8-year-old daughter - were on hand for the ceremony.

Eastern Catholic churches in the Middle East and Europe ordain married men. However, the Vatican banned the practice in America in the 1920s.

Pope John Paul II called for greater acceptance of Eastern Catholic traditions. Over the years, popes have made exceptions on a case-by-case basis for married men to become Eastern Catholic priests in America.

Pope Francis gave permission for Akiki to be ordained. It's considered an exception, not a policy change.

 

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