"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Married Man to be Ordained as a Catholic Priest!

Members of the cult founded by Felix Manalo, the Iglesia ni Cristo may surely be fretting out with this news. A married man will be ordained to the priesthood and he is a Catholic! Married Catholic priests will always be exceptional.

Local husband, dad to join Catholic priesthood Source: York Daily Record
The former Anglican pastor will be ordained Saturday in Springettsbury Township.

A former Anglican pastor will become the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg's first married priest when he's ordained Saturday in Springettsbury Township.

Paul Schenck, 51, of Manchester Township will be ordained by Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of St. Augustine (Fla.) during a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Galeone, a longtime friend of Schenck's, will perform the rite because the Diocese of Harrisburg has been without a bishop since Kevin C. Rhoades moved to an Indiana diocese in January.

Schenck, a father of eight children ages 9 to 31, began his journey to the priesthood six years ago when he converted to Catholicism after more than 20 years in evangelical and Anglican ministry.

Brought up in a Jewish home, a teenaged Schenck found Jesus in a Methodist chapel in western New York.

At 16, he was baptized in the Niagara River by a Salvation Army officer and later became a Protestant pastor. For 10 years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he and twin Rob helped lead the anti-abortion movement in Buffalo, N.Y. Later, Paul founded the National Pro-Life Action Center in Washington, D.C.

After several years serving an Anglican church in Maryland, Paul joined the Catholic Church in 2004, later expressing to Rhoades his interest in beginning the formation process to become a priest. He completed the required training and exams and learned last fall that the Vatican had approved his petition.

A 30-year-old church provision allows the ordination of married men on a case-by-case basis, although the situation is an exception.

"The norm continues to be a celibate priesthood and discernment through seminary, followed by ordination," Schenck said.

There's an estimated 100 married, former Protestant ministers in the Catholic priesthood -- many former Episcopalians and Lutherans.

"It's the first time it's happened here," said Joe Aponick, spokesman for the Harrisburg diocese.

With the special permission of Pope Benedict XVI, Schenck won't promise celibacy on Saturday. If he were to become a widower, he would be bound to celibacy like other priests and couldn't remarry.

Schenck isn't the first married pastor from York County to join the Catholic priesthood.

The Rev. Leonard Klein left Christ Lutheran Church in York in 2003 after 22 years for Catholicism. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Wilmington (Del.) in 2006.

mburke@ydr.com; 771-2024

About him
Name: Paul Schenck
Age: 51
Hometown: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Lives in: Manchester Township
Family: Wife, Rebecca; and children Leah Crowne, Ari, Abraham, Jordan, Miriam, Marta, Isaac and Eva
Occupation: Director of the Office of Respect Life Activities for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg

Clerical assignment: Parochial vicar, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Harrisburg


  1. i think the reason why he was ordained was because he wa already married before he converted. It is for that reason (married before he was ordained) that he would be allowed to be ordained. He wa married in the Anglican church not the catholic church that is why he can be ordained. tell me if theres a priests who marries and still gets to keep his priest hood.

  2. So you think.. you're just assuming here. Didn't your cult accuse Catholic teaching of "Celibacy" as a teaching of the devil.

    You seem to miss the bigger picture here. The Lord Jesus Christ and some of the Apostles like St. Paul were never married.

    On the part of the Apostles, can you name one of them who got married after he was called by Christ? Actually they all left their families and proclaimed the Kingdom of God...

    Tell me, you never see any good in the Catholic Church so you seem to look for ways to demonize again the Church of Christ, don't you?


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