Archbishop Timothy Dolan addressed the issue of priestly celibacy in this article published by the Milwaukee Catholic Herald (www.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan addressed the issue of priestly celibacy in this article published by the Milwaukee Catholic Herald (www.chnonline.org). It was adapted here slightly.

“The problems in the church today are not caused by the teaching of Jesus and of his church, but by lack of fidelity to them. The recent sad scandal of clerical sexual abuse of minors, as the professionals have documented, has nothing to do with our celibate commitment; and the undeniable challenges of scandal, shortages, increasing work, and public criticism have left a priesthood not disheartened and decimated, but — if recent studies are to be believed — on the verge of renewal. Recall the research recently completed by the Los Angeles Times that found more than 90 percent of American priests happy, committed, and eager to do it all over again if given the choice. “