Some in favor of changing the discipline like to argue that married clergy will be better able to plug the Church’s line on birth control, etc., to married couples. Maybe — but only if the married couples are receptive. Once, several years before entering the Church, I attended a “Victorious Christian Living” seminar at a nearby Baptist church. (I was wingman for my buddy, who went at the insistence of his girlfriend, who brought him at the insistence of her grandmother.) At the podium we found a pastor and his wife standing in front of a whiteboard. They were both wearing acid-washed denim that had gone out of style around the time of the Velvet Revolution. On the whiteboard, someone had sketched a pyramid. One end of the base was marked: “PASTOR RON”; the other, “HIS WIFE”; the peak, “GOD.”Max Lindenman ... that guy really makes me laugh! In a good way! Go read it all.
Pastor Ron began by pointing at his wife: “I despise her flesh,” he told us.
The pastor’s wife pointed back at her husband. “And I despise his flesh,” she said, smiling demurely.
I can’t really tell you what happened after that, since I quickly jammed half my fingers in my ears and the remaining ones in my eyes.