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Catholic Church to debate married men becoming priests


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Pope Francis on Sunday convened a meeting of bishops to discuss a list of topics -- including whether the Catholic Church should ease its policy of celibacy for priests, a 1,000-year-old precedent that is expected to spark a heated debate between adherents of the tradition and proponents who’ve said ordaining married men would help solve the church’s clergy shortage.

The Vatican meeting, known as a synod, was to focus on the church’s activity in South America’s Amazon region, a sparsely populated region where Catholic parishes could go for months without seeing a priest.


Pope Francis delivering a blessing as he celebrated an opening Mass for the Amazon synod, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, on Sunday. (AP)

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, a former archbishop of São Paulo, told reporters last Thursday that the priest shortage has meant Catholics in the Amazon frequently have lacked access to the sacraments, a bleak sign for the church’s ministry.

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To reverse this trend, the church has considered the ordination of indigenous elders, “even if they have an existing and stable family, in order to ensure availability of the sacraments that accompany and sustain the Christian life,” according to the synod’s official working document which The Wall Street Journal cited.

But, some analysts have doubted whether ordaining married indigenous leaders in the Amazon would solve the priest shortage there. Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the head of the Congregation for Bishops, argued in a book published last week that a clergy’s celibacy was precisely why local communities revered them.

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Others have argued that loosening the celibacy rule in remote places such as the Amazon or the Pacific Islands – which the church has considered in the past – would open the door to other controversial issues including homosexuality and women’s ordination.

Still, any decision would require the final approval of the pope who has said he would pray and reflect on the decision further.


Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @Bradford_betz.
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So Catholic church can't find enough priests?!
How do they go about finding a priest anyway?

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So Catholic church can't find enough priests?!
How do they go about finding a priest anyway?
I wonder how that would also effect the Nuns?
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Yes, they should be allowed to marry, and so should the nuns. And if they marry one another, that would be OK too.
That would clear up a long standing problem, which has generated a lot of self inflicted damage.

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It would probably cut down on the sex abuse considerably.

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Yes they should, provided they are interested in a heterosexual marriage.


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Yes they should, provided they are interested in a heterosexual marriage.

Oh my, a bunch of divorce and child custody cases now lol. How will the church handle that?
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Lots of good replies. Nothing in the Bible says they can't. When it came down to counseling married folks, or those thinking of getting married they would actually have some real experience. They have none now. CHARLIE.
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Yes, they should be free to marry and have children. Only a small percentage of men and women can live without their other half God made for man.

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Yes, they should be free to marry and have children. Only a small percentage of men and women can live without their other half God made for man.
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