As many as 120 Catholic priests in the U.S. are married

Paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis made headlines across the globe when he suggested he was open to the idea of ordaining married men as a way to alleviate priest shortages in remote areas. Some raised their eyebrows and took note, whereas other Catholics shrugged, pointing out that paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

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Youth and discernment are the next synod’s theme

Did bishops override pope on topic selection?

The following comes from an October 6 Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus: The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the faith to young people and help them to discern God's will for their lives. Set to take place in October 2018, the 50th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will discuss “Young People, … [Read more...]

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Make way for married priests

Idea of ending mandatory celibacy in areas with priest shortages reported to be gaining ground in Vatican

The following comes from a September 21 Chiesa article by Sandro Magister: Pope Francis received in audience a few days ago the Brazilian cardinal Cláudio Hummes, accompanied by the archbishop of Natal, Jaime Vieira Rocha. Hummes, 82, former archbishop of São Paulo and prefect of the Vatican congregation for the clergy, is today the president both of the commission for … [Read more...]

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