Married Catholic priest celebrates first mass

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23 August 2005, TENERIFE — A former Anglican pastor ordained as a Catholic priest despite the fact that he is married with two children performs his first mass.

23 August 2005

TENERIFE — A former Anglican pastor ordained as a Catholic priest despite the fact that he is married with two children performs his first mass.

David Gliwitzki, 64, was ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

In his first mass, he led the service at his new parish in La Laguna on the Canary Island.

The Bishop of Tenerife said the move was a unique exception within the Spanish Church.

According to Church rules, priests are supposed to be celibate. But the ordination was approved by the Pope.

Father Gliwitzki is originally from Zimbabwe.

Before moving to Spain, he was part of an Anglican delegation to the Vatican in Rome, which aimed to forge stronger ties between the two Churches.

The Bishop of Tenerife says particular consideration was given to Father Gliwitzki's circumstances as an Anglican, which is a Church that permits priests to marry.

The bishop says this is not a step towards the abolition of Roman Catholic celibacy.

But it was a surprise - especially in Spain, where the Church is particularly conservative and very actively against any softening of existing doctrines.

The Roman Catholic Church was helping to organise large public demonstrations against a new law that allows same-sex couples to marry.

The ordination of the former Anglican vicar also comes as Pope Benedict XVI calls on followers to hold fast to the core values of their faith.

Father Gliwitzki says he is very happy as he looks forward to hosting a Catholic Mass.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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