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Pope Francis continues to be trailblazer
by looking to nix celibacy requirement,
allow priests to marry

New York Daily News, by Denis Hamill

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Posted By:earlybird, 7/16/2014 1:47:05 PM

It looks like Pope Francis is rethinking the idea of celibacy for clergy, and it’s about time. In a recent interview with the founder of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Pope Francis was asked about the church’s sex scandals and the requirement that priests be celibate. (Snip) The Vatican then sounded a cautionary note, saying La Repubblica’s article — which also claimed the pontiff said about 2% of Catholic priests are pedophiles — might not quote Pope Francis’ exact words, but reflected the “sense and spirit” of his feelings. Still, translations of the article said the Pope recalled that celibacy was adopted 900 years

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Michaelus, 7/16/2014 1:55:41 PM     (No. 9927423)

Right - if they allowed married priests then Jerry Sandusky could have had a different career…..idiot writer…….

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/16/2014 2:25:08 PM     (No. 9927442)

Read and believe the secular at your own peril ... not just regarding Catholic matters ... as you are well aware.

You would think the NY Daily News would actually keep up with "the news."

Three days ago the Catholic News Agency published: Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Fr. Lombardi affirmed that “it is not possible to speak about an interview in the common sense of the word,” since even if the article “reports the sense and the spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Scalfari,” it is also true that the quotes of the Pope, “in the way they are worded, cannot be attributed with certainty to Pope Francis.”

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Javelin, 7/16/2014 2:36:55 PM     (No. 9927456)

There are married priests in the Catholic Church today. Removing the requirement that all priests be celibate is a good idea and not revolutionary.
It will also not be an antidote to pedophilia. The data show that the number of pedophile occurrences involving priests is the at the same ratio to population as the number of pedophile occurrences in the population at large.
The Catholic Church has been criticized for the problem for two reasons: it is always criticized and it handled the situation poorly. Had the bishops stepped up, instead of covered up, the problem could have been contained and dealt with properly.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 7/16/2014 3:06:35 PM     (No. 9927485)

Once again, someone in the MSM takes a (unfounded in this case) quote from the Pope totally out of context, and uses it to go on a rant.

The last sentence pretty much says it all: "Most Catholics I know agree."

Gee, could that be because you live in New York, where all Christian churches are pretty much dying due to the evil influence of lie-beralism that is destroying all morality in that part of the nation?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Scrubber, 7/16/2014 3:20:56 PM     (No. 9927503)

#4, you are correct. For instance, priests in Africa were frequently allowed to marry because it was considered a severe hardship duty. Not allowing marriage was to prevent dynasties such as Medici.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 7/16/2014 3:52:23 PM     (No. 9927550)

The best "solution" that I´ve heard is to make the vow of celibacy (like a vow of silence) unique to particular orders, like Jesuit or Franciscan or Dominican or whatever, but not a requirement for all priests. Couple that with pre-nuptials to protect the assets of the Church, and a resolution is possible.

As to pedophiles: they are to be found among any population. "Attractive" environments like churches, schools, sports teams, etc. should actually raise expectation that their percentages will be higher than that among the general population. Not only do they have easy access to their victims in a "trusted" environment, but in the case of a celibate priesthood their abnormal sexual preferences are masked: no one raises an eyebrow that they are not married.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/16/2014 4:39:55 PM     (No. 9927605)

Allowing priests to marry would do nothing to address the pedophilia issue since the very vast majority of instances involved priests and boys. Get the homosexuals out of the priesthood - problem solved.

Also, the Church frowns on sex outside of marriage so getting rid of celibacy and at the same time not allowing marriage puts the priest into an immediate state of sin if he indulges.

Never trust the media in any way regarding the Catholic Church.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MorningStar, 7/16/2014 6:12:52 PM     (No. 9927710)

Found this from an interesting article which is apropos to this article: "UK police have arrested 660 alleged pedophiles following a six-month investigation. The suspects include doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers." Like many of the prior posters have reiterated, pedophiles come from ALL walks of life, and from other countries around the world, NOT just the Catholic Church!! Amen.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 7/16/2014 6:55:25 PM     (No. 9927788)

Jewish rabbis get married and have done quite well for 5000 years.

Anglicans and other Protestants have married priests/preachers and do quite well.

Why the RCC acts like it can´t do the spiritual work needed with married priests is beyond me.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/16/2014 7:08:16 PM     (No. 9927805)

Way way back, the Catholic Church asked the wealthy and Nobles to dedicate their first born son to the Church.
The first born son according to laws inherited.
IF that son/priest was celibate, there was no wife or children to pass along the wealth..when that first born son/priest died the wealth was left to the Church.
There are priceless 15th century Flemish tapestries and art beyond description in the Vatican museum.

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