Cardinal Hollerich: More vocations possible for priests through marriage

Jean-Claude Hollerich, Cardinal of Luxembourg and member of the Council of Cardinals, has spoken out in favour of the possibility of marriage for priests.

“There are people who find it difficult to live a celibate life. If you gave them the choice, you could attract a few more to the priesthood,” Hollerich told the Luxembourg daily newspaper “L’Essentiel”. “In Europe, these ‘few’ could make a difference.”

The Church needs to be understood by people again, “because the times we live in have changed phenomenally”, the cardinal continued.

Regarding the blessing of homosexual and remarried couples advocated by Pope Francis, among other things, Hollerich emphasised that he was “absolutely in line with the Pope”. Like Pope Francis, he sees himself as a “sinner” and therefore does not want to condemn anyone.

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