A father-of-three who has been married to his wife for 33 years has made a decision rather late in life to take a vow of celibacy and become a Catholic priest. John Cornelius, 64, will be ordained in Wellsville, Allegany County, New York, tomorrow leaving behind his former faith and any hope of a sex life. Cornelius, who was previously an Episcopal priest for 20 years,found his new role with the support of his three daughters and most importantly his wife, Sharyl. Cornelius and his wife became Catholics after he left his former church two years ago, unhappy with its direction. But he was unable to make the move to priesthood until Pope Benedict XVI issued an order saying married former priests could be ordained a year ago.

"When they did that, I just jumped," said Cornelius. "I needed someplace where there was order. I've been a Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist...messed around with Bahá'í, Harikrishna... I was almost an Anarchist in college... so it's been a search, and it's really been a search for order."

The couple weren't forced to make the decision to opt for celibacy but put themselves forward anyway.

"We don't have to take that particular vow," explained Cornelius. "We have decided to do that voluntarily."

To be honest, and I know this will sound a little cruel, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out it was Mrs Cornelius' idea originally.



  1. Now I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I’m sure that if we in the Episcopal Church were to propose that Rome could have all our malcontents in a swap for all of theirs, We would be come much larger and they would become much smaller. (Perhaps, judging by the photo above, not in the size of members but in the number of them)

  2. This guy obviously has major stability problems. My bet is that within five years he’ll get unhappy with Rome and try to become some flavor of Eastern Orthodox.

    • Well, now he’s become a Roman Catholic priest there’s every possibility that he’ll soon be getting to experience the inside of a penitentiary. Especially as his wife has told him no more nookie.

  3. I think it was Mrs Cornelius’s lover’s idea.

    [How did this guy pass TEC’s Psych Test for ordination in the first place?! O_o]