March 21st, 2011
02:59 PM ET

Married priest ordained in Wisconsin

From CNN Milwaukee affiliate WITI

It was a traditional ordination at St. Jerome Parish Saturday for a man with a non-traditional path to priesthood.

Deacon Russell Arnett, now Father Arnett, was first ordained in the Episcopal Church where priests are allowed to marry. Now Arnett is the first priest to enter the Archdiocese of Milwaukee through what is called the "Pastoral Provision."

It is a Vatican rule started in 1980 that makes it easier for Anglican clergy to convert to Catholicism.

Read the full story about the ordination of a married Milwaukee priest on WITI
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  1. jack johanson

    people just want to make things easier, cause its too "HARD". thats why priest hood is not for everyone. stop tweaking religion to make it eaiser for your personal reasons.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • RomanCatholic_


      March 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • RomanCatholic_

      Nice to know some people are smart enough to understand why we follow all these practices. =D

      Who are we to change what God intends? Just stop arguing and follow what is being said. <3

      Your post made me smile.

      March 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  2. jack johanson

    the Episcopal church was organized after the American revolution. they consider themselves protestant, yet catholic. pft! to me, sounds like what ever they felt wasnt Convenient for them cause of the catholic church they decided to tweak it to accomidate thier needs and wants. NOW THATS MAN MADE!

    March 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • PRISM1234

      any Religious organization, or church that is not based on the Word of God and does not follow the Scriptures, is man made. God's Word tells us to leave, and separate ourselves from them.. It's always WHY someone breaks away. There are now days Christian churches which SHOULD leave certain organizations, but they don't. I have a very difficult problem going to a church which has a good pastor and people are really humble before the Lord. But they still belong to a corrupt Christian association (group), and even USE THEIR SUNDAYSCHOOL LITERATURE! So when Episcopal church left Roman church, what did it become out of it? We see today.... To make a person cry!
      But no one robs God! He will bring to the surface all things , and He will expose who is who and what is what! Catholic Church need to have deep soul searching, and repent, up there starting with pope, all the way down to the ordinary priests. Anf it needs to stop twisting God's Word. It needs to get rid of heresies, which are totaly contrary to the Word and commandments of God..... That's the only way it will be able to stand. Or God will make it fall!

      March 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • CatholicMom


      Guiding and guarding His Church does not mean that Jesus Christ will stand by and allow man to take His Church in another direction other than the direction He set for it. Yes, man has sinned grievously but that is what the Church is for….for sinners to come and be healed of their sins.

      He promised to be with His Church until the end of time. 2000 years shows me He means it… No man-made inst!tution has lasted this long…only a Church that Jesus Christ founded could last…. What with all the warring and fighting and corruption and sinning and so forth that man is capable of…man has not caused the fall of the Catholic Church. God will not 'make it fall' as you suggest because He promised to be with it always.

      That is how much He loves us…enough to keep His Church open so we may be fed by Him by His grace…by allowing us to come to Him and do as He says: John 6:54 ‘Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you’. Our fathers ate manna come down from Heaven for years in the desert…now we have the Lamb of God come down from Heaven which is far superior to manna!! Jesus Christ will not take away that which we need to abide in Him and Him in us….and He comes to us through His Church….that we may not falter but do the will of the Father.

      Jesus Christ is the bread of life.
      John 6….
      I am the living bread which came down from heaven.52 If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.

      For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. 57 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. 58 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. 59 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever.

      Jesus Christ will guide and guard His Church just as He promised out of love for us.

      March 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  3. Ron Burgandy

    Priests should be able to get married. They could still have the occasional alter boy on the side:)

    March 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  4. jack johanson

    JB you are no longer allowed to talk. highly doubt all the kids who die before the age of 10 or all the people who are living in poverty will never see thier day of glory. GOD is real, very real. Look up Fatima, thousands can attest to the happening. YOU DO SOME RESEARCH FOOL.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  5. American Butt

    Dirty Buttz make me NUTZ!

    March 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  6. enduser

    If a priest is merried, that should not affect those who are not. They still have nones.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  7. Frank Troia

    Make no mistake that this is some sort of moral awakening by Roman Catholic hierarchy. This is about stealing priests from the Episcopal Church over the issue of civil rights for gays. Another dark form of Vatican Roulette.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Futbol Czarina

      Married Anglican priests opt to convert on their own volition. They felt "called" to change their faith. It is life altering for the priest and his wife. It is a long process that culminates with the pope requiring approval. Hardly one religion poaching another religions 'main players'.

      March 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  8. WhiteMolesterPriestMaxi

    Well at least they won't have to secretly join NAMBLA.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  9. Tyler Wenzel

    In Paul's first letter to Timothy he warned him that apostates would enter the congregation, one of the characteristics that he mentioned was "forbidding to marry"(1 Tim. 4:1-3). Before a Catholic tries to reason that "forbidding to marry" only applies to those not ordained as overseers in the congregation Paul wrote in 1 Tim 3:2 states that a qualification for serving as an overseer in the congregation is a "husband of one wife".

    March 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Tyler Wenzel,
      1Tim. 4:1-3 refers to the Gnostics, the Marcionites, the Enerat!tes, the Manicheans, and other ancient heretics who forbid marriage for anyone!
      1Tim 3:2 does not means that every bishop should have a wife [St. Paul had none] but it does mean that no man should be admitted to Holy Orders who has been married more than once!
      Private interpretation on your part?

      March 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Tyler Wenzel,

      You say, …’…a qualification for serving as an overseer in the congregation is a "husband of one wife".’

      So all ministers must be husbands of one wife? that does exclude many ministers, ….all priests…all bishops….all single women ministers, all single men ministers, and all married women ministers. That doesn’t leave very many ministers, does it? Would that be God’s plan?

      March 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  10. JB

    It is not the Catholic church..there is nothing universal about it. It is really the western church of the latin rite....

    do your research and realize the truth.....destroy religion before it destroys us all

    March 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  11. jack johanson

    pedophilia has been happening in all religions for many years. people jus like attacking the RCC. But hey, people attacking the RCC is suppose to happen. People are suppose to leave the church and look down on it. Its been Prophesied. I dont know why Catholics worry about being attacked if u are a true catholic jus remain loyal. plus when people speak of the RCC they forget they are talking about....... people. its not just a building in rome its millions of people. and any way catholic mean universal. Catholicism is the only religion that can trace its lineage back to Christ himself. and Judaism. When the church split all these other made up religons followed. in the end we will know so what does it matter.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Jack johanson,

      We are not ‘worried’ about being attacked but it is a shame to not explain something about the Catholic Church to someone who has been misinformed.

      Yes, we understand that the Catholic Church, the Church that Jesus Christ founded, will be persecuted because the world hates what it does not know; and there will be scandals as the Bible says, but woe to the one who brings the scandal to His Church.

      The Catholic Church is the pillar and foundation of Truth; She is the One Church without stain, blemish or wrinkle; the One Bride of Christ…the One Jesus Christ promised to guide and guard and bring into remembrance of all that He told the Apostles and into the fullness of Truth as we can bear it.

      Yes, when people broke from the Catholic Church they left with their Bibles and said they did not need the Magisterium, or the Catholic Church, or Her Tradition which was handed down through the ages. They left…to privately interpret their Bible... even though the Bible said that Scripture is not a matter of private interpretation. No, they did not want the One Church anymore…and they each wanted to be their own pope.

      They are unhappy now and do not know what name to call themselves …some say they are ‘this’…others ‘that’…and if it doesn’t fit…they go off and start another ecclesial community...still splitting. However many are realizing what has happened in the past 500 years or so and now they are able to see for themselves and many are coming home! God bless them all for having eyes to see and ears to hear.

      We are all sinners and need salvation through Jesus Christ.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  12. MartyS

    Oh NOOOOooooo!!! "CeleBRATE"!...the word was supposed to be "celeBRATE"!!!

    March 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  13. marcia

    The Catholic church is so full of it!!! Just another club run by crazy old men!!

    March 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Futbol Czarina

      Club? Not definition typically used for a religion practiced by almost 20% of the world population.

      March 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Nothing wrong with calling a religion a club as they do have members, but I prefer "cult" with all it's negative, and accurate, connotations.

      March 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  14. Bible Reader

    Nowhere in the Bible is a minister of God commanded to remain unmarried. Peter was married, as were many of the 1st century followers. Please read Pauls first letter to Timothy Chapter 4 verses 1 through 3.

    March 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Catholic MOM and Wife

      Yes, Peter was married and also counted as the 1st Pope of the Church. No where does it say you cannot do this as long as you are married before you take your position. Mostly because you and I both know what it takes to raise a family. Who is a Priest's Family? The ENTIRE Church. That's a lot for a woman to take on.... And most will not be able to handle such a task. Here is the vow: All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate "for the sake of the kingdom of heaven." Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to "the affairs of the Lord", they give themselves entirely to God and to men. Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church's minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God. In the Eastern Churches a different discipline has been in force for many centuries: while bishops are chosen solely from among celibates, married men can be ordained as deacons and priests. This practice has long been considered legitimate; these priests exercise a fruitful ministry within their communities. Moreover, priestly celibacy is held in great honor in the Eastern Churches and many priests have freely chosen it for the sake of the Kingdom of God. In the East as in the West a man who has already received the sacrament of Holy Orders can no longer marry

      March 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • PRISM1234

      Calling to remain single and to live celibate life can be a calling of God , but when Roman Cat.. church took it upon herself to a demand this from those who feel called to serve God as His ministers, R.C Church stepped way out, and made her demands to be above God's calling... It is a heretical church, and I left it, because although there are many ways of it that put to shame Protestants denominations, the things I've seen in it, I know are NOT OF GOD! They are very prone to TWIST the Word of God. And we know what that means, don't we?! !

      March 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Steve

      So, Catholic MOM and Wife,

      when you say "That's a lot for a woman to take on.... And most will not be able to handle such a task." , does that mean that you believe that women are inferior to men? That's pretty sad.

      March 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Bible Reader,
      In Matthew 19:12, Christ clearly commends those who, "for the sake of the kingdom of God", have held aloof from the married state, though He adds: "he who can accept it, let him accept it". St. Paul is even more explicit:
      I would that all men were even as myself; but every one hath his proper gift from God .... But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, it is good for them if they so continue, even as I.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Protestants denominations, the things I've seen in it, I know are NOT OF GOD! They are very prone to TWIST the Word of God. And we know what that means, don't we?! !
      So you left the One Church that Jesus Christ founded and the One He promised to guide and guard until the end of time….? You went to be with a ‘man founded’ ecclesial community instead? Do you think Jesus Christ doesn’t keep His promises? Are there any other promises you think He didn’t keep?

      March 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • PRISM1234

      @catholic mom
      Oh, dear, dear Lady! You don't know what meaning those words have that you're speaking....I know they've been drilled into your mind, and you believe them ! I have been through all that...
      I don't want to be disrespectful, because I know that there are people in Roman Catholic church that really love God. But please, spare yourself that pious talk of how RCC is the one true church Jesus Christ founded.. You, dear lady, you have no idea about the things of God that's been shown to me by His Holy Spirit since I left that man made hierarchy! I have been grounded upon REAL ROCK, Jesus Christ, not some made up by Roman popes! Read the Book of Colossians, for goodness sake! Read the rest of epistles, and see what God will show you if you ask Him! You will NEVER hear God , so long you have some man tell you what His Word is saying! Don't you know that God wants you to come to Him directly, not thru a man in long robes who tells you he's the one you need to absolve you of your sins?! Get a life, Lady!

      March 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • CatholicMom


      What words do I not know the meaning of?

      ‘ John 14:26 But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.’ ….?

      Did you know that you have 3 voices you can listen to? Yours, satan’s, and the Holy Spirit. I do not believe the Holy Spirit would lead you away from His Church. Yes, we are grounded upon Jesus Christ the cornerstone of His Church, His mystical Body, and St. Peter, the cornerstone, the Rock that He built His earthly Church upon, His House of God. Peter was given the keys to this House as the caretaker of this Kingdom on earth. There were others who were called a Rock in the Bible, see….Abraham in Isaiah 51:1-2

      When we say that Peter was the first Pope we mean in no way does He replace Jesus Christ as the Head of His Church but that Peter was the head of the Church with, in, and through Christ, not instead of Christ. Peter shepherded the Church with the authority given to him by Jesus Christ Himself; and Peter assumed his role as the earthly head of the Church after the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Acts 20:28, "Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as Bishops, to rule the Church of GOD, which He has purchased with His own blood." St. Peter is the foundation, but not founder of the Church; administrator, but not Lord of the Church.

      The Lord's house is defined in 1Timothy 3:15 "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."

      Why would anyone abandon Jesus Christ’s House of God? He never did and promises to be with Her until the end of time.

      You will never hear the Word of God if you do not hear it from one SENT. Jesus said that the Father in Heaven SENT Him. How was He SENT? WITH AUTHORITY! Jesus said as the Father sent Him so He was sending His Apostles! John 20:21 'He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.'

      Romans10:14-15 How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things!

      ["Unless they be sent"... Here is an evident proof against all new teachers, who have all usurped to themselves the ministry without any lawful mission, (lawful mission derived by succession from the apostles), to whom Christ said, John 20:21, As my Father hath sent me, I also send you.]

      I know that God set up His plan for me so that I will not flounder about trying to do things my way. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Going it alone without the graces and the hope that He has placed in me and continues blessing me with, would be a most frightful way to live! No, I choose to follow His Way, His Truth, and hopefully He will grant me life-everlasting. John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.’

      March 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • PRISM1234

      Catholic mom,
      I wrote you a post that went to the Page #3, instead here....

      CNN blogs messed up!

      March 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  15. AGuest9

    Maybe it's time for the American Church, that follows the Bible, instead of the made-up rules from Rome, but without the whacko preachers from the South.

    March 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  16. blessedgeek

    Solution is so simple:
    All Catholics who want to have married priests as pastors should either
    – move to a Catholic diocese parcticing Eastern Rites, or
    – move to an Episcopal church and convert its pastor.

    March 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  17. CatholicMom

    God Bless both Father Arnett and Mrs. Diane Arnett!

    March 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Futbol Czarina

      Our last three priests have been married. I appreciate their wisdom and insight because they have lived the "traditional" American lives and understand how marriage ebbs and flows. It's a more meaningful discussion/homily when one has lived the life they are preaching.

      March 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Futbol Czarina,
      I posted this in the wrong place previous to this.....so am sorry about my careless posting....
      A married priest is not living a “traditional” American marriage and his homily is not a discussion.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  18. Reality


    "The onset of ped-ophilia usually occurs during adolescence. Occasional ped-ophiles begin their activities during middle age but this late onset is uncommon. In the United States, about 50% of men arrested for pe-dophilia are married. "

    March 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Futbol Czarina,
      A married priest is not living a “traditional” American marriage and his homily is not a discussion.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  19. JohnR

    About time. Nothing will cure organized religion of all its ills. But maybe the Catholic church will be less of a bastion for pedophiles if they allow married priests.

    March 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Do you really believe that pedophilia is prevented when a man marries a woman? If that is your belief, do you think all men should have to marry so as to say the children? And at what age? What about men who lose their wives via death or divorce...should they have to marry so they won't turn into pedohiles?

      March 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I rarely agree with CatholicMom but do believe she is correct about marriage and pedophilia – allowing priests to marry won't necessarily reduce priestly pedophilia. But I am not saying the rcc is not a "bastion for pedophiles" – I'm confident that they are still hiding criminal child abusers and that the current pope-a-dope knows much more about the problem and is actively involved in covering up criminal behavior and is therefore a criminal himself.

      March 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Catholic MOM and Wife

      This rule has been in effect for quite some time. They have to be married BEFORE they enter.... It's more common in the East however, so your comment holds zero weight.

      March 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  20. Reality

    And the idiocy of the RCC and its celibacy rules continue!!!!!! Tis a slap in the face of all the celibate RCC priests!!!

    March 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Hmm

      I feel sympathy for both of those celibate priests.

      March 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Futbol Czarina

      It is not a slap in the face of celibate priests. Their current marital status is of no relevance to another priest. My last three Roman Catholic priests have been married, as a result of conversion.

      March 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • josh

      It's a slap in the face of Jesus with the catholic churchs' forced celibacy rule. Marriage is the way to go. No wonder all the priests are raping little boys and having mistresses.

      March 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Oremus

      OOPS! That should read, "but being religious does *NOT* remove human fallibility".

      March 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Are you saying all unmarried males are raping and fornicating?

      March 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Joe

      Yes, it's a slap in the face

      March 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Rogert

      @CatholicMom, no to first question, yes to the second.

      March 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Reality


      "The onset of ped-ophilia usually occurs during adolescence. Occasional ped-ophiles begin their activities during middle age but this late onset is uncommon. In the United States, about 50% of men arrested for pe-dophilia are married. "..................

      March 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
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