Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Priest Chooses Love and Marriage

John Hank, a Roman Catholic priest, came to a thoughtfully considered decision after more than a decade of faithfully performing the spiritual duties of a priest: he wanted love, marriage and a family in his life.

About to celebrate his 14th anniversary, Hank still provides sacraments, including celebrating Mass, marrying people and spiritual counseling as a member of Celibacy Is The Issue Ministries (aka rentapriest.com), a lay organization that locates, recruits, certifies and promotes married Roman Catholic priests to fill the many spiritual needs of Roman Catholics.

This organization cites 21 canons which they claim justifies the use of married priests.

According to their interpretation, Can.1037, which requires priests to maintain celibacy, "is a merely ecclesiastical law (a man-made disciplinary law) of the Roman Catholic Church...Such laws are of human origin and can be altered or eliminated by human initiative in view of the changing pastoral circumstances of Christ's faithful."

They also feature a controversial book, The Bingo Report, by Louise Haggett which links mandatory celibacy to sexual abuse, according to a 10-year sociological study. Download the first chapter free.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Fathers Day Gifts

The husband who is also "Dad" wants to be cherished by his wife for all the man he is. So for Fathers Day, give him a gift that shows how much you appreciate his XY chromosomes!

For a thrill he'll never forget: send him to a baseball or basketball fantasy camp, or maybe he prefers learning how to race a car.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Dance Your Way to a Happy Anniversary

This is one couple who found great joy in learning to dance that helps them to stay in shape and enjoy their marriage. Carl Boyer and his wife Marge began taking dance lessons 6 years ago when they were retired and just returned from an international dance contest in Canada.

You don't have to wait until retirement: find an activity that you both enjoy and put the fun back in your life again. Not only will it help you stay in shape--when you "play together, you'll stay together."

However, some competitive sports such as tennis can bring out the worst in couples. I've seen near divorces happen right on the court! So if you aren't having fun with one activity, find another that brings out the good side of your better half.