Here is what happened. Permission was given by Pope Beneditct XVI that a married Lutheran minister, Harm Kleuting, 61, be ordained a Catholic priest. Now Fr. Klueting has been married for some time to Edeltraut (great name!)! The accomplished Edeltraut, a medievalist – of course, has a webpage on which she identifies herself as a T.OCarm. She is a tertiary. She is a third order Carmelite. She is not a fully professed Carmelite nun. The now-Fr. Klueting had to have permission to be ordained because he was married, but he wasn't married to a nun.
Carmelites far and wide will correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think that tertiaries have to be dispensed to marry. Am I wrong?
Anyway, AP seems to have adjusted its headline. Let's see what the story looks like from the AP via NPR.
Married German Ordained As Catholic Priest
by The Associated Press
BERLIN February 22, 2011, 10:45 am ET
In a rare move that needed the pope's approval, a Lutheran convert was ordained Tuesday as a Catholic priest in Germany and is being allowed to remain married to his wife — who has already become a nun. [Again, Edeltraut seems to be a T.OCarm, a tertiary and not a fully professed Carmelite nun. Third Order Carlmelites live in the world, rather than in community (usually) according to Carmelite spirituality.]
Harm Klueting, 61, was ordained by Archbishop Joachim Cardinal Meisner in a private ceremony at the city's seminary, the Cologne archdiocese said.
Pope Benedict XVI gave Klueting a special permission to remain married to his wife Edeltraut Klueting, who became a Catholic Carmelite nun [tertiary] in 2004.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican's chief spokesman, said the exception is rare but there have been similar cases.
"It doesn't happen every day," he said.
Klueting and his wife were Lutherans when they married in 1977 and both served as Lutheran clerics before converting to Catholicism several years ago. They have two grown children.
The Cologne archdiocese said in a statement that [How many things are wrong with this next statement] the couple would not have to take the traditional vow of celibacy as long as they remain married — a highly unusual move since celibacy is normally a key requirement for Catholic priests.
Klueting and his family could not be reached for comment, and it was not clear whether they still lived together as a couple. [Perhaps becaaaaaaause... they are married and she is not, in fact, a Carmelite nun?]
Lombardi said he didn't have any specific information about the Kluetings, including what the pope said about the case.
Klueting is a professor for historical theology at the University of Cologne and teaches Catholic theology at Fribourg University in Switzerland. From now on, he also will provide services as a spiritual counselor for university students.
The archdiocese published pictures of the ordination ceremony showing Klueting with short gray hair and a beard, wearing a simple white priest vestment as he received his blessings from Meisner, who was wearing [Get this!] a festive yellow embroidered robe and a golden cardinal's hat.
In 1950, Pope Pius XII first allowed clergymen who had converted to Catholicism to remain married, the Cologne diocese said in its statement. However, each case has to be approved by the pope himself, the statement said, adding that in the past married priests also had been ordained in the German cities of Hamburg and Regensburg.
Last month, three former Anglican bishops were ordained as Catholic priests in London, becoming the first ex-bishops to take advantage of a new Vatican system designed to make it easier for Anglicans to embrace Roman Catholicism.
Frances D'Emilio contributed to this report from Rome.
Meanwhile, all this talk of Carmelites reminds me to remind you to refresh your coffee supply! Help some professed Carmelites in Wyoming build their monastery and put groceries on the table!