Milwaukee Catholic priests forming alliance

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2003

MILWAUKEE (AP) About 80 priests of the Milwaukee Roman Catholic Archdiocese have voted to form an alliance meant to serve as a support network and independent voice in the church.

''There was an overwhelming 'yes' and show of hands to the idea of some kind of alliance, some kind of structure, some kind of organization,'' said the Rev. Kenneth Mich, one of 14 organizers of the Sept. 18 session where the alliance was formed.

Among their concerns are advocacy for priests, the priest shortage, promoting discussion on making celibacy optional and ensuring that ministries to minorities and religious instruction for parishioners are maintained.

About 160 Milwaukee priests last month circulated a petition seeking to lift the celibacy requirement.

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