Pope Francis Open To Ordaining Married Men As Priests

Mar 13, 2017, 01:01
Pope Francis Open To Ordaining Married Men As Priests

Pope Francis has suggested he's open to the possibility of the church ordaining men who are already married to women ― but only under very specific conditions.

Commenting on where he sees the Church going forward under Pope Francis, Gibson said: "I think he wants to continue to have the Church to discern where she is at this moment in history and then act on that".

Zac Davis, who writes for the Catholic magazine America, commented that any time a pope "discusses the possibility of changing 1,000-year-old church tradition, it is news".

The AP reported that Francis has maintained a friendship with the Argentine widow of a friend who left the priesthood to get married, and he spent a Friday mercy mission a year ago visiting men who had left the ministry to start families.

The conversation ended with Pope Francis confirming plans to visit India, Bangladesh, Colombia and Portugal.

Chicago's Cardinal Cupich sent fox a written statement: "Ordaining.(MARRIED) men of proven virtue and strong faith - as a partial solution to the priest shortage. was mentioned by the Holy Father during a long interview".

Prominent Catholics representing both the progressive and conservative wings of the United States church voiced support on Friday for the pope's suggestion, with both camps seeing the move as a practical solution to the chronic shortage of priests.

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Priests are allowed to marry in Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox churches.

But Tostatti added that he was doubtful Francis would make changes.

On the other hand, according to Anderson, people advocating for the rule say that priests should commit themselves fully to God and their faith, instead of sharing themselves with their wives or children.

Francis has shown particular openness to receiving concrete proposals for ordaining married men, reportedly saying in private in 2014 that it could be left for bishops to decide, depending on the situation, the National Catholic Register reported. He went on to say that "fears close doors". A quarter of Catholic parishes worldwide now have no resident priest.

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

The pope is now visiting parishes in Rome and in February he became the first pontiff to set foot in an Anglican church in the diocese when he visited All Saints church, in the city centre.