Lots of people have wondered: How can priests counsel married couples…if they’ve never been married themselves? It seems the Pope gets that logic. Of course, it’s also because the Catholic Church is facing a shortage of priests.
Either way, the Holy Father is said to be considering a partial lifting of priestly celibacy with a possible vote by Brazilian bishops on the subject. This comes after a request made by Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon.
It’s not too shocking that Francis would want a discussion on the matter. Earlier this year, Francis said the Church should consider allowing married men to become priests in specific circumstances. The discussion – if it happens – will take place during the synod meeting in 2019.
Source: The Telegraph