April 1, 2018
By Kevin Jolly
The sky was a brilliant blue over St. Joseph Cathedral but a dark cloud still lingered over the Catholic Church this Easter.
The Diocese of Buffalo recently released a list of 42 priests accused of sexual abuse.
While the church is struggling to deal with the issue, another has been raised: whether priests should be allowed to marry.
"They understand marriages better. So you know this confessional stuff, you can confess anything you want. You can confess the problems in your home, but if he is not living it then he can't understand it," said St. Joseph's parishioner Oksana Mychaskiw.
It might not be that easy. While many experts say there is no connection between celibacy required by priesthood and sex abuse or pedophilia, some argue it may be a contributing factor in some of the cases in the Catholic Church.