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Friday, April 05, 2013

Married priests in the UK?

In the news a few days ago ... Catholic MPs urge Pope Francis to allow ordination of married men ....

Catholic peers and MPs have written to Pope Francis asking him to consider permitting bishops in the United Kingdom to ordain married men as priests. The parliamentarians, led by Rob Flello MP and Lord Alton of Liverpool argue in their letter that it is anomalous that married Anglican priests can be received into the Catholic Church and ordained as Catholic priests but married Catholic men cannot do the same. The 21 parliamentarians from all political parties suggest that “if the celibacy rule were relaxed, there would be many others who would seek ordination bringing great gifts to the priesthood.”

The rest of the article is about why Pope Francis will probably not go for this idea, based on what he's said in the past on the subject of celibacy. I hope he changes his mind.


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