CITI (Celibacy Is The Issue/Community is The Intent) is a lay organization calling
married Roman Catholic priests back into ministry to serve the spiritual needs
of the people of God. According to church law (canon law), "After it has
been validly received sacred ordination never becomes invalid." Canon 290 Therefore, married priests are
not "ex" or "former" priests, they are still priests. Please
join CITI if you are someone who supports a married priesthood or if you are a resigned
priest who has been validly ordained in the Roman Catholic rite.
Whom do we serve?
CITI Ministries serves the people of God – that is, those people who call on us
to serve. It is our desire to meet the needs of those seeking spiritual
assistance through sacramental or pastoral ministry. We reach out to Catholics
who do not feel welcomed in the institutional church or who cannot seek
pastoral help within the institution for reasons such as: clergy sexual abuse,
the lack of pastoral concern for divorced Catholics, the LGBT Community, women
and the list goes on. Roman Catholic
priests are available for spiritual and sacramental ministry to anyone who asks
for their help. They respond positively and non-judgmentally to Roman Catholics
who have not attended a parish for some time or feel uncomfortable approaching
their local parish priest at a time of need. Jesus always acted quickly to help
people and never turned anyone away; neither will our married priests. Our
ministry is ecumenical and open to Christians of all traditions.
Married priests provide spiritual guidance, counseling, home masses, first or
second marriages, funerals, confession, and other spiritual services. Like the
early church that was closest to Jesus, the ministry is home-based. Married
priests make "house calls" and can help make arrangements for your baptism and wedding ceremonies in homes, gardens, or waterside settings. Our priests can
assist with anointings at homes, hospitals, or nursing home facilities.
Funerals and Memorial services may take place in funeral homes, gravesides,
non-denominational churches or other requested sites. We are working towards
the day when church authorities will welcome married Roman Catholic priests
back to their local parishes.
All contributions are tax deductible
CITI Ministries is a tax-deductible (501.c3) charity. Your contributions fund
our toll-free number (1-800-PRIEST 9), this web site, an interactive Internet
and other discussion forums for married priests, and many opportunities to
resolve issues affecting the Catholic Church as well as healing services that
are scheduled throughout the country. Never before in the history of the church
or in the history of Catholic Church reform has there been such an opportunity
to effect optional celibacy and restore integrity in the Church. Catholics are
sitting in the driver's seat. All they need to do is invite married priests to
celebrate Mass in priest-less parishes—the request must come from the people
according to Canon Law 843. Recently a canon lawyer at Leuven University chose
CITI Ministries for her dissertation study. Her conclusion is that the people
have the right to call upon married priests for ministry. Canon Law supports
this conclusion noting that married priests cannot refuse a sacramental request
(Canon 843). Let's work together and make this happen. Your financial
assistance will help us make more people aware through various efforts.