If it is accepted, these married men would not be the first to serve as Catholic priests. And some Eastern Catholic churches that are in communion with Rome, like the Melkites and Maronites, have long allowed married men to become priests. But an exception for remote areas of South America would be different, addressing an extreme version of the shortage of priests that plagues the church in many parts of the world. The much-anticipated proposal marks a potential pivot for the church, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, where it sees its future.
The Roman Catholic church does not ordain women. Catholics in the region often go months or longer without seeing a priest and receiving the sacraments during Mass or going to confession.
The money factor
He said that German bishops, who have a strong liberal strain, would hold a synod on the same topic next year. They worry it could lead to all sorts of changes that will dilute the orthodoxy of the church. It turns out that the problem isn't that men are immature, or lazy. Instead, they're responding rationally to the incentives in today's society.
Here are some of the answers I found. You'll lose respect. A couple of generations ago, a man wasn't considered fully adult until he was married with kids.
But today, fathers are figures of fun more than figures of respect: The schlubby guy with the flowered diaper bag at the mall, or one of the endless array of buffoonish TV dads in sitcoms and commercials. In today's culture, father never knows best.
It's no better in the news media. As communications professor James Macnamara reports, "by volume, 69 percent of mass media reporting and commentary on men was unfavorable, compared with just 12 percent favorable and 19 percent neutral or balanced.
Study: Fewer Economically Attractive Men To Blame For Marriage Decline – CBS Boston
You'll lose out on sex. Married men have more sex than single men, on average - but much less than men who are cohabiting with their partners outside of marriage, especially as time goes on. Research even suggests that married women are more likely to gain weight than women who are cohabiting without marriage. A Men's Health article mentioned one study that followed 2, people for six years and found that cohabiters said they were happier and more confident than married couples and singles.
You'll lose friends. When married, men's ties with friends from school and work tend to fade. Although both men and women lose friends after marriage, it tends to affect men's self-esteem more, perhaps because men tend to be less social in general.
8 Reasons Straight Men Don't Want To Get Married
You'll lose space. We hear a lot about men retreating to their "man caves," but why do they retreat?
- 8 Reasons Straight Men Don't Want To Get Married | HuffPost.
- The Heart of a Soiled Dove (Soiled Dove Series Book 1).
- million boys and men around the world married as children - UNICEF!
- Health, Marriage, and Longer Life for Men.
- Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage (Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics)!
- Ambers Opus.
Because they've lost the battle for the rest of the house. The Art of Manliness blog mourns "The Decline of Male Space," and notes that the development of suburban lifestyles, intended to bring the family together, resulted in the elimination of male spaces in the main part of the house, and the exile of men to attics, garages, basements - the least desirable part of the home. As a commenter to the post observes : "There was no sadder scene to a movie than in 'Juno' when married guy Jason Bateman realized that in his entire huge, house, he had only a large closet to keep all the stuff he loved in.
That hit me like a punch in the face. You could lose your kids, and your money.
- Marriage and men's health - Harvard Health.
- Faith, Hope and Charity.
- Health, Marriage, and Longer Life for Men.
And they may not even be your kids. Lots of men I spoke with were keenly aware of the dangers of divorce, and worried that if they were married and it went sour, the woman might take everything, including the kids. Other men were concerned that they might wind up paying child support for kids who aren't even theirs - a very real possibility in many states. On my blog, I polled over men to ask how they would react to finding out that a child wasn't theirs after all. I severed all ties to the boy. Some may see this as a failing.
They see you as nothing more than a source of cash for the child. It seems that a person in these situations should be able to sue the real father for child support. You'll lose in court. Men often complain that the family court legal system is stacked against them, and in fact it seems to be.