During my 60 years as a religious sister I have worked with several dedicated and caring clergy. I agree wholeheartedly with Anthony Isacco that we need to encourage and support our priests (“Holy, Healthy, Happy Priests: That Is the Goal, But More Needs to Be Done to Help the Helpers,” Aug. 6 Perspectives).
As human beings these ordained men too often live with what I call “aloneness.” They care about people, but at the end of their demanding day they usually have no one with whom to share their feelings. The intimacy of a personal love with its challenges and its beauties is withheld from them. This seems cruel and is certainly unusual.
The Roman Catholic Church needs to end mandatory celibacy now.