Priests and Marriage

Coming Out of the Closet

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, Catholic Thing, February 20, 2020 At times, priests reveal intimate secrets about themselves from the pulpit. I’ve always hesitated to do so mostly because a sermon should be about Jesus, and innermost secrets and feelings are none of your business. But there are... read more

Papal nuncio to speak at meeting of US priests who back homosexuality, female ordination

Archbishop Christophe Pierre is set to attend the meeting of the dissident Association of US Catholic Priests in June. By Martin Bürger, February 18, 2020 February 18, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will be speaking at the... read more

Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

Catholic News Service, February 13, 2020 ROME - Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with - like not mentioning married priests in his document on the... read more

Pope Francis Sets Aside Proposal on Married Priests

The decision, in a letter on Catholic life in remote Amazon areas, is a victory for conservative forces who had warned that change there would put the church on a slippery slope. By Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, February 12, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has... read more
Pope Francis is with U.S. bishops during their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican Feb. 10, 2020.

U.S. bishops ask pope about Amazon synod, discuss range of issues

By Catholic News Service, February 10, 2020 Talking about debates, differences and discernment, Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that people focused on the possibility of ordaining some married men and women deacons for service in the Amazon will be disappointed in his apostolic... read more

Cardinal Sarah: The Priesthood Today ‘Is in Mortal Danger’

In an exclusive English-language interview, the African cardinal discusses his new book, the status of the Catholic priesthood, and addresses those who say he opposes Pope Francis. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, February 8, 2020 Cardinal Robert Sarah has made a further... read more

Cardinal Sarah Calls For End to ‘Sterile Controversy’ Over Celibacy Book

The Vatican cardinal urges the faithful to cease discussing ‘ridiculous side issues’ over the book and to read the ‘essential question’ it covers instead. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 27, 2020 Cardinal Robert Sarah has given a robust defense of his and... read more

Pope denounces ‘rigidity’ as he warns of Christian decline

By Nicole Winfield, Daily Independent, December 21, 2019 VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that "rigidity" in living out the Christian faith is creating a "minefield" of hatred and misunderstanding in a world where Christianity is increasing irrelevant. Francis called for... read more
Archbishop Charles Scicluna, left, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, right

Top Vatican official says celibacy, homosexuality not cause of abuse crisis

By Inés San Martín, Crux, December 14, 2019 ROME - He is both one of the quietest Vatican officials, and one of the Roman Curia’s least known personalities. He is a member of the team that handles the allegations of clerical sexual abuse that arrive in Rome, and he played a key role in the... read more

MARRIED PRIESTS? YES, BUT IN PERFECT CONTINENCE. THE LESSON OF THE CHURCH’S FIRST CENTURIES

By Sandro Magister, 11/14/19 Thomas Michelet, a Dominican, teaches theology in Rome at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Angelicum.” He did not take part in the synod for the Amazon, but he followed its discussions, in particular on the ordination of married men to the... read more

10 German Dioceses Push for Major Changes During Upcoming ‘Synodal Path’

According to a joint open letter released in Germany, vicars general say ‘fundamental reform’ is ‘essential’ and ask that accusations that participants are ‘lacking orthodoxy’ be avoided during the two-year synodal process. Edward Pentin Blog, November 6, 2019 Now that the... read more
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Amazon missionary bishop: Synod plans miss the real problems