Pope Francis hints at making married men Catholic priests 

November 3, 2017, 3:09 pm
Pope Francis hints at making married men Catholic priests 
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Pope Francis hints at making married men Catholic priests 

Pope Francis hints at making married men Catholic priests 

Pope Francis opened up for a debate in allowing married men to become Catholic priests, however a controversial move which could hurt the sentiments of conservative Catholics, said a Vatican source.

Pope’s response came after a request was made by Brazilian cardinals who claim there is a lack of men to serve in remote Amazon communities and other solutions are needed, according to London’s Telegraph newspaper.

The exception to let married men serve would only apply to those certain regions in Brazil. Brazilian bishops will hold a vote on the matter.

Francis reportedly told one of his monsignors to “speak to the bishops and tell them to make valid proposals” about such ordinations.

Francis said he was open to the idea of having certain men called “viri probati” — married men of great faith — serve as priests.

“We must consider if viri probati is a possibility,” he told Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper. “Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities.”

The married priests would not have to take a vow of celibacy.

The married priests would not have to take a vow of celibacy.

“They would have a normal married life,” Monsignor Giacomo Canobbio, a leading Italian theologian, told The Telegraph.

“I believe that Francis could review this, though he would not decide alone but would start a collegial process. The question is urgent.”

The pope’s move comes after one monsignor said women should be able to serve as well.

Those in the eastern rite Catholic Church are allowed to be married, as are married Anglican priests who convert to Catholicism.

It is thought that if successful the pilot project could be extended to other parts of the world, including Africa.