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Welcome back live everybody his story attracted attention all around the world -- the famous host of his own television ministry at that time particularly.
Father Albert -- -- took a leave though when photos surfaced showing the -- break kissing the woman who would later become his wife.
Now he's an episcopal.
Priest he's the author of dilemma his bestselling autobiography.
And father public could -- -- joins us from Miami.
Welcome my father I'm delighted to have you on board I wonder what went through your mind when you heard that Pope Benedict the sixteenth.
Was stepping down.
Well there -- I'm happy to be with you I got to tell you I was surprised and shocked like many war.
Certainly I had the pleasure meeting Pope Benedict on several locations and so I have great personal regard for him.
I also -- -- that.
Many of the things that happened in the eight years of his pontificate.
Word definitely controversial.
Had some influence on his decision I doubt very much it was just because of his age.
Or just because he felt physically incapable of continuing I think there's a lot more to the story.
We don't know right now all the details but I think the details will eventually come out you know what it -- that really pushed the Pope.
To to to re sign that's it's an interesting thing is only only got to the Pope know right now.
True -- or maybe be some inner circle but what was going a lot of people think that one of the one of the issues in the modern church in the modern world.
Is -- of the -- one of the challenges -- -- interviewing the priest from -- Brooklyn just now outside of saint -- to Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
Said that yet to be married to the church you clearly.
Wanted more in your own life what was going through your mind we you tortured during the time UN -- Hamas.
Were together and you -- still -- Catholic priest and one of the most famous Catholic priest on earth really.
Well I gotta tell you that's why the book is called dilemma it is the dilemma but it's also a great blessing to find -- in your life.
And if you look at the tradition.
You realize the priesthood.
Has existed in the Catholic Church not just a Roman church the eastern churches and -- other churches in the -- tradition like mine.
Married priesthood has been pretty dominant really.
This thing of the some of the priesthood was not really an imposition especially for secular priests until the twelfth century.
So to say that somehow some of -- he is the most traditional way to be a priest that's just not true saint Peter -- was a married man the scriptures speak.
Of Peter's mother in law so you can have a mother along with -- married right.
I think that many priests.
Many of the apostles sub many -- for centuries -- the very happy fulfilled priesthood while being married men -- met a family I think that now.
The church's spiritual life that he will this -- C.
I'll promise for the solid -- the discipline by saying that a man must be married to the church.
I never really bought that I don't think that that god calls.
Human beings to marry institutions having god.
And -- us.
He created male and female he created us to form family and to have.
-- is the blessing of being able to experience human love with the person that that we choose to love.
Brother outlook we gave my my gas you know in -- peace we noted that the majority of Catholics now if the new pontiff was in favor of married priests are willing to go along with the pulpit they want the Pope to make that call how do you respond to that -- in the pew survey.
I think that's very interesting.
First of all I found the numbers in that serving to be extremely conservative I've heard.
Or more -- Roman Catholic saying that they want their priests to marry.
And that's a matter of fact every day.
Since I didn't -- and become an Anglican -- in the episcopal church.
IE I get at least one email.
From a priest.
And this is daily sometimes I get -- -- -- -- -- phone calls on the same day.
And it's always a priest of the Roman church was in the situation I wasn't.
You know hoping to marry and hoping to continue ministry.
I hear from nuns I hear from -- men and women who say to me you know why I'm Roman Catholic father but I support your decision.
So I really think that it's a lot more people that really would like to see their priests.
That's as married people and also I gotta tell you.
A great number of people saying what one of the the people on the videotapes that why not win it why not include women in ordained ministry why can't women.
Modeled price for us if if we know that you know god is love and and god is way beyond the boundaries of male or female.
You don't -- all the.
If -- -- you guys are gonna lose you because of time but had that worked up three -- general Hamas.
For -- has been a great blessing we have a beautiful family how many kids and done.
I have -- kid that's that's on the will actually have three of them.
And there -- great blessing they really are you got married in that 200911.
Without the nine -- to -- -- gonna say you've been busy.
That's tough tough.
So does that work it out OK the the episcopal don't -- I'm a happy priest then doubles of my colleagues are married men and women.
And so we do have some of -- -- also the visible church we value celibacy but we see it as an option and and if -- is an option it's always healthier.
Dilemma is the book father Albert could DA had the man I appreciate coming up -- thanks very much.
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