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Married Ex-Baptist Minister To Become Catholic Priest

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In a state that claims only 10% Roman Catholic population, it’s making news throughout the Catholic Church. Clerical Whispers blog highlights the life of Rev David Harris, an ex-Baptist minister who will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky.

Early next month, he’ll make history as the first married, former Baptist minister to become a Roman Catholic priest in the United States.

He’ll also be only the second married man from any former denomination to become a priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Harris, 53, is scheduled to be ordained Sept. 6 at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

He is the only priest being ordained in the archdiocese this year.

His ordination is allowed under a seldom-used exception to the church’s requirement that priests be celibate.

David Harris is the second married man to become a priest just in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Since 1980, the Vatican has accepted married Protestant ministers to convert to Catholicism and remain Catholic. How many are there in the United States?

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Written by smalltalkwitht

August 27, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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