As a baptized Roman Catholic who attended a Catholic school for eight years, I was absolutely appalled to read that three Episcopal priests, two of whom are married with children, were being ordained as Catholic priests ("Three Episcopal priests to be ordained Catholic," June 8). Any young Catholic man in the seminary studying to be ordained is expected to remain celibate; why in heaven's name is the Church allowing these ordinations to take place?

Allowing these ordinations to occur is a direct contradiction to the Church teaching that Catholic priests must not marry. It is also a direct slap in the face to young seminarians studying for the priesthood.

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Regardless of what alibi the Church offers for these ordinations, the bottom line remains that married Episcopal priests are allowed to be ordained as Catholic. This is a sacrilege.

Since the Catholic Church doesn't recognize divorce, will the married Episcopal priests be willing to annul their marriages in exchange for being ordained? How ludicrous is that?

No wonder priests in Catholic parishes are perplexed by the low attendance at Mass on Saturdays and Sundays, or why it is so difficult to recruit young Catholic men to enter the seminary.

It never ceases to amaze me how the Catholic Church has changed since the time I attended Catholic school.

Theresa M. Becker, Baltimore

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