Since he’s been here, Pope Francis has spoken about immigration and climate change. The pope also addressed Congress and what the pope can or cannot change remains to be seen. There is one thing though, that the pope can change that could go a long way toward advancing the Catholic church. It’s time to allow priests to marry. This apparently is something that is totally within his power to accomplish.

According to, priestly celibacy is rooted in tradition and not catholic dogma and the Pope could change it overnight. While the Holy Father has not given any indication of making such a move, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state and Pope Francis' number 2 man has said the issue is open for discussion.

The idea behind the celibacy is that it allows more time to focus on the flock. I would counter that with the fact that if a priest were married, he would have more time to concentrate knowing that his biological urges are taken care of. Add to that the input of a “soul mate’ and cap it off with the fact that God put us here to reproduce.

I think that if priests were allowed to marry, you could draw more men to serve God in that way and those married would trust more in their council since they would be able to relate better. It would also put a positive spin on the priesthood at a time when they could really use it. I would also go so far as to say it’s God’s will that men should marry. (See Genesis 2:18)

While it’s nice to hear Pope Francis speak to Congress about political issues he can’t control, why doesn't he concentrate on something that he can control which would revolutionize the Catholic religion?

Do you think Priests should be allowed to marry?