Posts Tagged ‘married priests’

Sacraments will disappear amid vocations crisis Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) says the vocations crisis has become so critical that sacraments like baptisms and marriages are likely to “disappear” from some parishes in the near future. The ACP, which represents over 1,000 Catholic priests in Ireland, says reform is urgently needed to prevent parishes from closing across the country. “We’re Read more

Cardinal Muller changes tune on married priests Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Catholics, especially in the German-speaking world, were surprised to hear that Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, once strongly favoured the ordination of married men. Not only in remote areas but also in large city parishes. More recently, on 11 October, Müller told the Tagespost that “not even the Read more

Married priests, a female diaconite and a new rite Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Three issues coming out of the Amazon synod’s final document include ordaining married men to the priesthood, the female diaconate and creating an Amazonian Rite. Two-thirds of the 180 bishops at the synod approved all the 140-paragraph document’s findings, which they voted on paragraph by paragraph. One of the document’s main focuses further including laity Read more

The question of ‘married men of proven virtue’ Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

The agenda for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region being held in Rome includes discussion of the ordination of “married men of proven virtue” (viri probati) to provide opportunities to join in the Eucharist for the Catholics of Amazonia, where a shortage of priests prevents people from sharing in the sacrament for months Read more

Decision time begins for Amazon bishops as synod enters final week Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019

As the synod on the Amazon region enters it final week,  the bishops gathered here to discuss the region’s challenges and make recommendations to Pope Francis will begin preparing their final report. Their words could have profound impact not only on the Amazon but the entire church, as the ideas they present about protecting the Read more

The big picture Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019

If you have reread Mahatma Gandhi’s biography, you will know that at one time, he wanted to be a Catholic. He always had a relationship with Christ Jesus and, in pursuing that, he went to a church to enquire about instruction. It was a white church. The priest told Gandhi he should go to a Read more

Married priests for Amazon straightforward, say canon lawyers Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019
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If the prelates attending the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops for the Amazon ask that Pope Francis allow married priests to address a lack of Catholic ministers across the nine-nation region, the path for implementing such a proposal is fairly straightforward, say four eminent canon lawyers. Although the canonists have slightly different ideas about the concrete Read more

Alternative to married clergy: Send some Roman priests home Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019

One Venezuelan prelate taking part in the current Synod of Bishops on the Amazon says people back home have a creative alternative for coping with chronic priest shortages, beyond the much-discussed idea of married clergy to serve isolated rural communities. Rather than ordaining married men, he said, their proposal is that he bring some of Read more

Married priests, saviours of the faith or part of an agenda? Comments 0

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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At dusk in this small indigenous village, Antelmo Pereira calls local Catholics to prayer, changes into a white robe and leads a religious service that is the closest thing the faithful in this remote part of the Amazon can get to a proper Mass. Speaking in the indigenous Ticuna language, he leads a recital of Read more

Pope asks conservatives not to be bound by status quo Comments 0

Monday, October 7th, 2019

At the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region on Sunday the Pope Francis appealed to conservatives not to be bound by the status quo. The synod’s purpose will be to discuss the future of the Church in the Amazon. These discussions will include the possibility of married priests. Most of Read more