What happens when a priet leaves the priesthood

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What happens when a priet leaves the priesthood.
Question from on 07-01-2007:
I was taught that a piest is a piest forever... A priest from a local church is no longer a priest and has married. I would like to khow what happens when a priest makes the decision to leave the priesthood.. and are they allowed to marry.
Answer by Richard Geraghty on 07-12-2007:
Dear Judi,

Ordination is a sacrament that can be received only once and leaves an indelible mark on the soul, one that lasts for all eternity. So a priest is always a priest. But to act as a priest, he needs the permission of the Bishop. So when a priest leaves the priesthood with the permission of Rome, have gives up the ability to act as a priest. He has to get permission from Rome to leave the priesthood and have the right to marry. It used to be hard for the priest to get the permission to marry. Then it got easier for a while. Now it seems to be harder to get that permission. It depends upon the judgment of Rome.

Dr. Geraghty

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