My agony: to stay a priest or to marry?

David Gréa was a priest before choosing to marry

David Gréa asked God and the Pope for help with an impossible choice when as a priest he fell in love. He tells Connexion about his life-changing decision

David Grea was overjoyed when he met a woman and fell in love. But there was a problem: he was a Catholic priest.

He prayed, fought with his conscience, and even consulted the Pope, but he finally realised what he had to do.

After 17 years as a parish priest, he gave up the vocation he loved – and married the woman he loved.

Mr Gréa says his life today is joyous, but if it were possible he would still like to return to being a priest.

He has no anger towards the Church, no feeling of having been rejected. He simply thinks it should be possible for married men to be ordained in the European Catholic Church, as they are elsewhere.

That moment may not be as far off as it seems.

Archbishop of Poitiers Pascal Wintzer has called for the Church to ordain married men – the most senior priest in France to do so.

He is not alone. Increasing numbers ...

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