Catholic priests should be able to have love in their personal lives

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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.

Florissant, Mo.

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