Vatican Priests Could Be Allowed To Marry


Pope Francis’s hints about reviewing the issue of priests getting married are said to be causing unease in some church circles, agency reports said yesterday, July 17, 2014.[pagebreak]Twice in three months, the Pope has talked about changes to the tradition of celibate priests, although he has never been precise about how exactly this could be reformed. On a flight back from his recent trip to the Middle East, he pointed out that there were already married priests in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Coptic Catholic churches.
« The door is always open, but we are not talking about it now as the order of the day, » the Argentine Pontiff said.
The European Federation of Married Catholic Priests estimates that over 100,000 former Catholic priests have gotten married over the years; about a quarter of the number of current priests.

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