Posts Tagged ‘Priestly Celibacy’

Married priests not the solution to vocations crisis says Vatican cardinal

Monday, March 25th, 2024
Married priests

A Vatican cardinal stated that advocating for married priests is not the solution to addressing declining vocations in Ireland. Cardinal Lazzaro You Heung-sik, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy, suggested fostering a true witness to the Faith could reverse the trend. Cardinal You was visiting Knock for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. Read more

Cardinal Hollerich: More vocations possible for priests through marriage

Monday, February 26th, 2024

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 Read more

Priests should be allowed to marry

Thursday, February 8th, 2024
Priests should be allowed to marry

One of the Catholic Church’s leading doctrinal figures has reiterated his call for the institution to reconsider allowing priests to marry. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta shared his views in an interview with the Times of Malta, saying that allowing priests to marry could prevent them from leading secretive lives that conflict with their vows. Read more

Synod on Synodality report is disappointing but not surprising

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

For Pope Francis, the first session of the Synod on Synodality was never about resolving the controversial issues facing the Church. Even so, there were those who hoped for forward motion on married priests, women deacons and LGBTQ issues. They will be disappointed by the final report issued by the synod. For Francis it was Read more

Vatican Synod sparks hope for priestly celibacy and marriage change

Monday, October 30th, 2023
priestly celibacy and marriage

A young Kenyan clergyman hopes the question of priestly celibacy and marriage is answered in his favour during the synod of Catholic bishops in Rome. Rev. Edwin Githang’i Waiguru, a former Roman Catholic missionary, said marriage was a dream come true for him. On Sunday (October 22) Waiguru married a woman and was ordained in Read more

Swiss bishops’ president calls for end of priestly celibacy

Thursday, September 28th, 2023
Priestly celibacy

The Swiss Bishops’ Conference president has voiced strong support for the abolition of priestly celibacy, a tradition he believes no longer resonates with modern society. In a candid interview with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) am Sonntag, Bishop Felix Gmür (pictured) also acknowledged past mistakes in addressing abuse cases within the Catholic Church and called Read more

End of celibacy headline – way beyond what Archbishop said

Thursday, August 24th, 2023
priesthood for Indigenous men

In a recent interview, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ignited a discussion within the Catholic community by proposing the exploration of pathways to priesthood for Indigenous men. This proposition, which suggests a potential waiver of clerical celibacy, aims to foster greater inclusivity and representation of First Nations Australians within the Church. The views of Archbishop Coleridge Read more

Leading Australian archbishop predicts end to priestly celibacy

Monday, August 21st, 2023
priestly celibacy

The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, has indicated that the Vatican may be considering the end of compulsory priestly celibacy, potentially opening the doors for married Indigenous men to be ordained as Catholic priests. Archbishop Coleridge (pictured) stressed the need for the Catholic Church to evolve in order to thrive, especially in diverse cultural contexts. Read more

Pope Francis: Priestly celibacy only a discipline, could be reviewed

Monday, March 13th, 2023

Pope Francis discussed the possibility of revising the Western discipline of priestly celibacy in a wide-ranging interview for his 10th anniversary as pope last week. Francis spoke with Argentine journalist Daniel Hadad. “There is no contradiction for a priest to marry. “Celibacy in the Western Church is a temporary prescription: I do not know if Read more

Spanish Catholics want optional celibacy and women priests

Monday, June 13th, 2022
Spanish Catholics want optional celibacy

Spanish Catholics want Rome to consider the future of the priesthood, including optional celibacy and the ordination of women. A document including the priesthood proposals was unveiled by the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE) that groups Spain’s leading bishops at a 600-strong gathering in Madrid. The document was drawn up after consultations with more than 215,000 Read more