Skip to content

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

Bishops recommend some married men could become priests

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes
At the end of the Synod on the Amazon, the bishops have suggested that married men could be ordained.

The bishops of the Church are suggesting to Pope Francis he consider ordaining some married deacons to become priests in the Amazon region. 

Could married deacons be ordained as priests?

Could married deacons be ordained as priests?


By Marshall Connolly (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
10/31/2019 (11 months ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Amazon, Pope Francis, married, synod, priests

LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Amazon basin is a vast expanse where travel is difficult and dangerous. Many of the inhabitants are Catholic. The Church has found it hard to staff remote parishes with priests, sending clergy on hazardous circuits of the roads and waterways of the vast, jungle basin. 

Already, mainstream media has insinuated this recommendation means the Church is about to end its centuries-long practice of priestly celibacy. This is absolutely not the case.

The Church is already served by married clergy, including many deacons. There are also some married priests within the Church, including those formerly of the Anglican Church, who have returned to full communion with Rome. 

The recommendation sent to Pope Francis only suggests that married members of the deaconate be considered for elevation to the priesthood. It does not allow priests to marry, and it only applies to the most remote regions of the Amazon basin. 

This is not a reversal of some theological doctrine, and it should not be construed as a fundamental shift for the Church. Pope Francis has repeatedly stressed the importance of pastoral care when dealing with the faithful, and that may sometimes mean making exceptions to ensure all have reliable access to the Sacraments, and the grace of God which they bestow. 

The recommendation was not unanimous however, with 41 of the 169 bishops present voting against the recommendation. 

At this time, the proposal is just that and Pope Francis may reject it. He is expected to make a decision before the end of the year. However, if Pope Francis agrees to the new policy, it should not be construed as a shift of any kind, or as a trend towards married priests. 


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Saints Fun Facts Coloring Book FREE PDF

Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more

PDF educational & learning resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers and it’s 100% FREE. How to Pray the Rosary, Hail Mary, Our Father, Saints, Prayers, Coloring Books, Novenas, Espanol and more. All FREE to download and faithful to the Magisterium. Download Now >

Face Mask with Cross BOGO 50% OFF

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!