Re "Fathers, Husbands and Rebels," Column One, July 8
I'm delighted that so many married priests have organized and are making their presence felt. I was a Jesuit for seven years, about halfway to ordination when I left the order in 1963. Marriage had nothing to do with my decision -- I am still a heterosexual bachelor at 71. But most of my friends were married within a year of leaving.
There's no doubt in my mind that the Catholic Church will soon have to face this problem and allow married priests. Then comes the next question: women priests. I'm afraid that we will not live to see that, but let's hope that I'm wrong.
As a former Catholic, I can truly say I would rather be counseled by married priests; they have knowledge of the outside world. I also have a problem with people who think church law was written in stone. If I ever feel the need for a priest I will definitely go to Rent A Priest. At least you know what you are going to get.