Pope Francis’ popularity is growing at a rapid rate thanks to his warm smile, modest personality and open-mindedness. Add to that his willingness to discuss priestly celibacy, which was reported out of NBC News on Wednesday, and the 265th successor to St. Peter is a history maker.
According to World News Tonight, Pope Francis’ right hand man, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Vatican, told El Universal, a Venezuelan newspaper, that while clerical celibacy is a hot topic for the Catholic Church, the age-old tradition is also open to discussion.
Celibacy is not an institution but a look, it is also true that you can discuss (it) because as you say, this is not a dogma, a dogma of the Church.
The efforts that the church made to keep ecclesiastical celibacy, to impose ecclesiastical celibacy, have to be taken into consideration. One cannot say simply that this belongs in the past.
Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, concurred with Archbisop Parolin, stating his comments “are in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church."
Changing times and modern thinking require at the very least a conversation. Does this mean Catholic priests will be allowed to marry anytime soon? Most likely not, but it does give hope to those priests who converted to Catholicism with a pre-built family and a vocation that is waning with participants.
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