This past Friday I was walking my dog Sebastian around the park and a lady stopped me and asked if I were a Catholic priest. (I imagine that does not happen too often to priests and ministers who do not walk around in any kind of identifiable garb.) She was just curious and wanted to ask some questions . . .
There is still a certain amount of mystery surrounding the priesthood. I think that simply because we don't get married sometimes people get the idea that this extends to all kinds of areas in our lives . . .
But really, in most aspects of our lives, we live just like most people. When people ask me if I am allowed to do something while they themselves are engaged in the exact same actions I generally tell them, "If you are uncomfortable seeing your priest doing this, chances are that you should not be doing it either."
It occasionally is annoying to be asked if we may do what other people take for granted but to tell the truth, every once in a blue moon, somebody is right.