Pope to allow ordination of German man married to a nun

Married to a NUN???????

The Washington Post has the scoop:

“BERLIN — In a rare move that needed the pope’s approval, a Lutheran convert is being ordained as a Catholic priest in Germany and is being allowed to remain married to his wife – who has already become a nun.

The Cologne archdiocese said 61-year-old Harm Klueting is to be ordained as a Catholic priest Tuesday. Pope Benedict XVI gave him a special permission to remain married to his wife Edeltraut Klueting, who became a Catholic Carmelite nun in 2004. The couple has two grown children.

Klueting and his wife were both Lutherans when they married in 1977 and both converted to Catholicism several years ago.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s chief spokesman, says the exception is rare but there have been similar cases.”

Well this wouldn’t be such a headline grabber if it wasn’t for the “married to a nun” addition.  The Church has been ordaining married men from the Anglican and Lutheran traditions for years.

But I am almost 100% certain that Mrs. Klueting isn’t a nun. Since she was already married when she became a Carmelite, she probably belongs to the secular Third Order.

I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

Just  when I think that journalism can’t get any shoddier, at least when reporting on religion, it does.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry and I have been married 39 years. But the deacon’s wife gig is a new twist. Larry was ordained in August of 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is ten and the youngest is three. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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One Response to Pope to allow ordination of German man married to a nun

  1. LeAnn says:

    Thank you for your clarification on the status of the woman in this story. MSM is so off course.

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