The teaching of the SAVIOUR is a teaching of the heart rather than an intellectual doctrine. It is the teaching of love. Studies and other school qualifications are appreciated but for our priesthood they are no requirement. The training to become a priest takes place in accordance with the example of JESUS CHRIST, who called men of the common people, even uneducated and married ones.
1 Cor. 8,1: â€žKnowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.“
The Sword-Bishop does not train priests of the intellect, but priests of the heart.
Married bishops and priests were a matter of course in the early Christian period. Thus St. Paul writes – 1 Tim. 3,2ff: â€žIt behoves therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, of good behaviour, chaste, given to hospitality, apt to teach. Not given to wine, no striker but modest, not quarrelsome, not covetous, but one that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity.“ Especially in the pastoral care of marriages and families, the married priest can work beneficially.
The unmarried priest, however, has the advantage of devoting himself to the cause of GOD in an undivided way. 1 Cor. 7,32ff: â€žBut I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wife is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife. And he is divided.” It is out of the question, though, that an ordained priest should marry! Holy Orders is above Matrimony. One cannot climb down, only higher up to GOD.
Our episcopal consecrations and priestly ordinations, which were repeatedly examined and declared valid, can be traced back via St. Ignatius of Antioch to Apostle Peter.
If someone feels called to the priesthood, we offer, after a positive interview, a free stay for the purpose of mutual acquaintance. During this period, a decision to imitate CHRIST can be thought over and tested.