Bill Donohue: Celibacy a ‘Man-Made’ Rule in Catholic Church

Pope Francis’ hint that the Catholic Church may someday allow priests to marry could become reality in an instant if the Vatican so chooses, according to Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

“What would be on the table is celibacy … These are man-made rules in the Catholic Church. They can change it tomorrow if they want,” Donohue told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“We welcome in Anglicans who convert to Catholicism with their families as married, so it’s not like its altogether new.”

Last week, Pope Francis’ Secretary of State Pietro Parolin told Venezuela’s El Universal newspaper that celibacy is not divine law and could theoretically be altered to “reflect the democratic spirit of the times.”