Irish bishop suggests another look at celibacy

Bishop Edward Daly, retired head of the Diocese of Derry, Northern Ireland, spent about 300 words of his 100,000-word memoirs talking about celibacy, but his remarks generated buzz and, as he said, were getting “spinned.”

Bishop Daly, 77,  told Catholic News Service stringer Sarah MacDonald that his book, “A Troubled See,” “is about the journey from the mayhem and savagery of the Bogside to the peace and serenity of the hospice — that’s my journey over the last 40 years.”

He said he valued his vow of celibacy, which he believes “enhanced my life as a priest.”

“I am not saying that celibacy should be abolished — I am saying to look at other people who feel they would not be able to live up to a vow of celibacy or undertake it and to look at the possibilities of introducing them to the priesthood.”

He told MacDonald that Pope Benedict XVI has decided celibacy should continue, “but I feel that the church must look at this again. I am not the first Irish bishop to speak about this, and others have, around the world, and I am sure this discussion will go on.”