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Who are we?

CITI (Celibacy Is The Issue) is a lay organization calling married or resigned Roman Catholic priests back into ministry to serve the spiritual needs of those under-served, neglected or rejected by the Institutional Church. 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. We welcome those who support a married priesthood or resigned priests who have 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 respond 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 LGBTQ Community, women in the Church and so on. CITI priests are available for spiritual and sacramental ministry to anyone who asks for their help. They respond positively and non-judgmentally to Catholics (and all others) 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 all traditions.

Our ministries

CITI priests provide spiritual guidance, counseling, home masses, marriages including second marriages, funerals, baptisms and other sacramental services. Like the early church that was closest to Jesus, the ministry is home-based. CITI priests are available for “house calls” and can help make arrangements for your baptism and wedding ceremonies in homes, gardens, or waterside settings. Our priests can assist with anointing 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. Since our inception, the sacramental needs of countless thousands of the faithful have been filled by CITI priests.