Pope to allow married Priests?

Pope to allow married Priests?

USA Today:-Pope Francis says in an interview that he is open to possibility of permitting married men to become priests to address the serious shortage of Catholic priests in some countries.

The pope raised the idea in an interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit.

He ruled out the prospect of allowing single men who are already priests to marry, but was open to the idea of allowing unmarried laymen or men already married to be ordained.

The pope raised it in the context of allowing “viri probati,’ Latin for “tested men,” to be ordained in places were with a scarcity of priests.

He told the newspaper that the lack of Catholic priests was an “enormous problem” for the church.

“We need to think about whether ‘viri probati‘ could be a possibility,” he told the German weekly. “If so, we would need to determine what duties they could undertake, for example, in remote communities.”

However, Francis said allowing priests in training to choose whether or not to be celibate was “not the solution.”

The idea of permitting married priests has been simmering at lower levels in the church in recent years.

In 2014,  Bishop Erwin Krautler, bishop of Xingu in the Brazilian rainforest, told  the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten that he spoke to the pope about the desperate shortage of priests in his region.

The Austrian-born bishop noted that in his diocese, Brazil’s largest with 800 church communities and 700,00 faithful, there were only 27 priests.

The bishop said the pope made it clear he would be open to ideas from the bishops as to how to address the problem, including ordaining married men, according to The Tablet, an international Catholic newsweekly.

In his latest interview, the pope also discussed the possibility of female deacons, saying that theologians should study the example of Scripture, according to the Catholic Herald. “What did this mean at that time [of the Bible]? What does it mean today?” He added: “Don’t be afraid! That makes us free.”

The idea that Roman Catholic Church priests should not be married is based on certain Biblical passages and a belief that a priest acts “in persona Christi” (in the person of Christ) and should therefore be celibate, like Christ.

The Vatican, however, accepts married priests in certain circumstances, such as those in the Eastern Rite sects of the church, and married members of the Anglican or Episcopal churches who convert to Catholicism.

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Sweetness
    March 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply

    It was about time.
    So they will leave the little boys alone.

  2. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 6:57 pm Reply

    That’s grate

  3. Teisce
    March 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm Reply

    I didn’t realize marriage was a cure for paedophilia.

  4. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply

    About time. I never take the chance of leaving my son with any priest.

  5. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm Reply

    I believe that men are more sensible now more than ever, they don’t want to be aligned with pedophiles, and homosexuals. to be honest every time I see a priest I ask myself: Is he gay? or Is he a child molester?
    I refuse to embrace Catholicism for this very reason. It is a tainted religion which has allowed and harboured men with such deviant tendencies.
    I make no apologizes for they have made no effort to apologizes to the victims of their crimes.

  6. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm Reply

    There are gays in every religion. And why do men always accuse other men of being gay, and they don’ say anything about lesbian women? In fact, a lot of mem like lesbian women because they say these women can sex well. And a lot of men like to see videos of women having sexual relations with other women. This excites the men and get them wet. So are we serious about sexual preferences? Tell me one religion where such allegations have not been made against men?

  7. sharon terrell
    March 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

    This should have been done long time coming.But it never to late,may be the horny priest them can leave people children alone. These priest all sex up horny and preaching.

  8. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    But Sharon, priests are not the only horny ones. Don’t tell me you have never heard of any other men in positions of responsibility doing this same thing. So relax, because God will deal with bad priests, just as he will deal with bad social workers, bad pastors, bad ordinary men, and bad family members. Keep your blood pressure under control and reflect upon our own sinfulness. And don’t fool yourself by saying that you commit “this sin” but you have never committed “that” sin. All sin is sin. Leave it all to God.

  9. Biggz
    March 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Let di fellas empty deh ballz in the right way, Jah knows

  10. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm Reply

    What is the right way? Masturbating?

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