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The Vatican's Secretary of State has told a Venezuelan newspaper that the issue of mandatory priestly celibacy may be discussed. The issue has been largely dismissed since it is a long-standing Church discipline. Continue Reading

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  1. Alex
    1 year ago

    TA, purity and being in a chaste, sexual relationship are not necessarily mutually exclusive. This is not the reason for a celibate priesthood.

  2. TA
    1 year ago

    Priest are to be as Jesus was..pure of heart, mind, body n soul. You cannot be that if you are in any sexual relationship....yes, some have failed to comply.

  3. rds
    1 year ago

    The very first sentence of this article is erroneous: "According to long-standing Church discipline, priests and Bishops are expected to remain celibate with few exceptions." Actually, there are no exceptions among Catholics or Eastern Orthodox that would allow a priest to marry. Yes, married men can sometimes be ordained, but ordained men can never marry. Even in the East, If a married man becomes ordained and his wife dies, he cannot remarry. So if the question is "Will Francis allow priests to marry?" the answer is certainly NO. If the question is "Will Francis allow married men to be ordained?" the answer is up in the air, but could conceivably be YES.

  4. Gabriella
    1 year ago

    Dear Moon,


    please, study the doctrine of the Catholic Church, pray about it and then you will fully understand why it is that priests and nuns cannot be married. A married man needs to take care of his wife and children BEFORE he tends to the needs of his congregation. Now, when you think about it, how much time and energy will he have left for it? Working in the God's field requires total dedication. A married man cannot do that, His priorities are different. This is just one of the reasons a married man cannot be a priest.
    God bless.

  5. Olodo Johnson Philip
    1 year ago

    Without being a theologian, or having full knowledge in the dogmatic teaching of RCC, but with experience gained among protestant who are not living a celibated life in their pastorial function, often turn Church to a bussiness centre. Don't we think that, that will be the same to our priest who may be trying to cater his home, then will do likewise. I strongly urge the episcopal council, our Dady (Pontiff) and all the legislative body of the vatican council to maintain the stand of celibacy to all RCC Priests, so as to fulfill the mision of Jesus, when he went into the temple, and saw some transaction going going on, he says "the house of my father is not the house of transation, but the house of prayer". Peace be to The Pope and RCC worldwide.

  6. Ana Elias Terry
    1 year ago

    While celibacy is a long honored tradition in the Catholic church, I agree that the tradition will NOT change. There is NO hope for this issue and it is the news media that seizes on this issue, as if change was actually possible. It sells! That is why it keeps coming up in the media.

    While there are many logistical issues that would prevent the implementation of a married clergy, the depth and compassion it would add to pastoral care would be enormous. It would bring the Catholic church into the realm of relevance and the church could begin to offer real solutions to contemporary living based in the Holy Spirit. But there is no hope. Glaciers move at an accelerated pace in comparison to the Catholic church. Francis is merely trying to appear more contemporary.

  7. Moon
    1 year ago

    If you want the RCC to survive, changes are necessary; the restriction of celebacy is one of them.

  8. michael
    1 year ago

    I need to make a correction and I hope it is listed. In the final line of the first paragraph of my comment it should read: "After getting married and settling down for a year, the seminarians return and then get ORDAINED." Thank you for posting this important correction.

  9. Rev. Michael J. Doyle
    1 year ago

    There is NO "Eastern Catholic Church" only an Eastern Rite within the one Roman Catholic Church. In addition, diocesan priests do not profess vows ( of celibacy or otherwise) religious priests do. This article is deeply flawed and slanted in its bent and does a grave disservice to what is a very important issue for the Church today. While it is rarely a good idea to pontificate, it is an especially bad idea when you do not know what you are talking about.

  10. abey
    1 year ago

    The Bible which is to matters of Faith does state not to get into vain debates to the warning against. Modernism, by earlier Popes The Celibacy of the Catholic Church to its wisdom, does relate to reflect the Biblical First fruits of the lamb, the remnant seed of the Woman , the Elect of God, redeemed among mankind not defiled by women (uncorruptable through sexual matters) which again relates to the Prophecy of Joel Quoted by St. Peter to the Jews during the Advent of Pentecost now come as the Army of God as the Post advent of Pentecost, to which I be a witness, following the Lamb where ever He goes. The corruption to this prophecy is seen among Protestant & Evangelicals sects like 'Manifest sons of god", "Joel's Army" "Kansas city Prophets" etc. referring to modern day prophets, ignorant of the fundamental words of Jesus into His Apostles "Err not, for the Son of Man is come not to condemn but to save".


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