I am a practicing Catholic and have been my entire life, arguably as a result of the influence of my religious mother. She and I attend mass weekly, and have for a while, and I imagine we will continue to do so for a long time.
Priests come and go in their designated positions serving within a church. At least, they do in Catholic churches; I don’t want to speak on behalf of other religions because I am ignorant on the matter.
My mom and I are regular parishioners at St. Basil’s parish in Brantford. Several years ago, we welcomed a new priest into the parish, and the congregation loved him. He served as a priest at St. Basil’s for a few months and then informed us he was travelling to Australia for a month for a vacation. A month passed and he did not return, and after a couple of weeks, the fill-in priest read us parishioners a letter from him in which he informed us he would not be returning to St. Basil’s, nor to the priesthood. He had met a woman while in Australia and wanted a family, therefore he made the decision to leave the priesthood as priests are not able to marry nor have children.
Blaine and I have been attending mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Burford as of late because we are going to be married in this church. This past weekend, at the end of mass, the priest of this parish announced to us that he, too, decided to leave the priesthood because he desires to have a family.
I cannot comprehend why priests are expected to live a life of solitude in order to devote themselves entirely to God. And, since I have met two priests that have left their professions for this reason, I think it is safe to say that the rules and regulations of priesthood in regards to Catholicism need some serious adjustments. I believe men leaving the priesthood because they are unable to have a family and long to do so is a blatant example of the change that is required in serving the church, and I also believe more men and women would enter the priesthood if these ludicrous rules were not in existence.