IF THE Petrine foundation of the Church is truly valued and honoured, it is difficult to insist celibacy as necessary for Priesthood.
Our Lord could have chosen an unmarried "Rock" on which to build His Church, but he did not. He chose St Peter — whose wife's mother he healed.
The acceptance of married Anglican priests highlights these issues. To the non-Catholic the claim to Apostolic Succession and Petrine foundation while totally rejecting the possibility of married priesthood seem a flat contradiction.
While non-Catholics would expect tradition to enrich Biblical principles, they tend to balk when it appears to reverse them. John Richards Weybridge, Surrey