BY ANDREW M BROWN
THE ARCHBISHOP OF CARDIFF will ordain Wales's first married priest next month.
The Rev Mr Kevin Paine, 42, who is married with two children, will be ordained at St Helen's Church, Caerphilly, where he is currently deacon, on 27 March.
Mr Paine originally trained for ministry in the Church in Wales, part of the Anglican Communion, and he served as Anglican chaplain to the deaf in south-east \Vales. In December 1994 he was received into the Catholic Church, and he was ordained deacon in 1996.
The Vatican has granted a special dispensation relieving him from the promises of celibacy.
This is the first time such
a case has arisen in Wales, which has not seen a substantial exodus of clergy from the Anglican communion.
Archbishop Ward of Cardiff told the Catholic Herald that while the ordination of a married man was an exception as far as his archdiocese was concerned, "it is by no means exceptional in the wider context of the Universal Church, which has ordained married men for hundreds of years". Mr Paine will be chaplain to the Catholic deaf in Wales.