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Pope Francis Ponders Dropping Celibacy Requirements for Some Priests


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “Pope Francis Ponders Dropping Celibacy Requirements for Some Priests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

During a gathering of South American bishops at the Vatican, Pope Francis urged them to consider dropping celibacy requirements for some priests to address a severe priest shortage in remote areas of the region.

The three-week Synod of Bishops for the Amazon also will address crucial regional topics ranging from protection of rainforests and local cultures to climate change, migration and clean water.

“We have not come here to invent programs of social development or custody of cultures,” the pope said. “We come to contemplate, to understand, to serve the peoples.”

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, retired archbishop of Sao Paulo who organized the synod, said many rural Amazon communities have so little access to priests that Sunday Mass can’t be held. And while the Eucharist can be distributed to worshippers by non-priests, the wafers must be blessed by a priest.

The proposal would have very specific restrictions on the non-celibate candidates for the priesthood.

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