The research has increased calls for the Church to abandon celibacy rules — a position voiced recently by a pastor in the United States in a much watched video on YouTube.
Pope Benedict XVI, however, insists that celibacy “is made possible by the grace of God . . . who asks us to transcend ourselves.” There seems a bit less transcendence going on in these cases. What interests me is how child support is addressed with someone who voluntarily takes a vow of poverty. There are obviously first amendment issues of free exercise in such matters. However, can a father avoid full payment of child support by simply joining a religious order?