Vat­i­can City, Vat­i­can

The Week Middle East - - News -

Mar­ried priests: In a con­tro­ver­sial move likely to out­rage tra­di­tion­al­ists, Pope Fran­cis has floated the idea of al­low­ing mar­ried men in the Ama­zon re­gion of Brazil to be­come priests – over­turn­ing cen­turies of Ro­man Catholic doc­trine. Ac­cord­ing to Ital­ian me­dia, cit­ing Vat­i­can sources, the pon­tiff has re­quested that a de­bate on the is­sue be put onto the agenda of a synod in Rome in 2019, open­ing up the is­sue for a global synod due to be held in Aus­tralia in 2020. A par­tial lift­ing of the re­quire­ment for priestly celibacy has been sug­gested by a Brazil­ian car­di­nal, Cláu­dio Hummes, who has warned that a des­per­ate short­age of priests in the Ama­zon has re­sulted in Catholi­cism be­ing dis­placed by evan­gel­i­cal and pa­gan groups. Fran­cis said ear­lier this year that the Church should con­sider al­low­ing mar­ried priests in spe­cific cir­cum­stances.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.