Pope Opens Debate on Celibacy Requirement for Catholic Priests
Pope Francis formally opened a meeting of bishops that will debate whether the Catholic Church should loosen its 1,000-year-old requirement of celibacy for priests.
The potentially momentous debate pits those who say ordaining married men could relieve the church‚Äôs clergy shortage against those who warn that doing so would undermine the distinctive character of the priesthood.
In his homily on Sunday, at Mass in St. Peter‚Äôs Basilica, the pope didn‚Äôt refer specifically to the celibacy debate, but called generally for innovation in the church‚Äôs ministry: ‚ÄúIf everything continues as it was, if we spend our days content that ‚Äėthis is the way things have always been done,‚Äô then the gift vanishes, smothered by the ashes of fear and concern for defending the status quo.‚ÄĚ...
Celibacy: One of the more stupid decisions of the papists in history.
Retaining celibacy: Another of the more stupid decisions of the papists.
But it does help the real Christians perceive that as a religious organisation the RCC is UNBiblical, UNchristian and unfaithful. They decided to ignore the evil heart of man and his iniquity. Putting temptation into the path of abject sinners.
1Cor 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband."
The Greek at "fornication" can mean.... "illicit sexual intercourse adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18 sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mk. 10:11,12"
Reuters wrote: Pope Francis appealed to conservatives on Sunday not to be bound by the status quo as he opened an assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon, including the possibility of introducing married priests.
‚ÄĘ Conservatives have tweeted their disapproval of a tree planting ceremony which included Indigenous symbols. ‚ÄĘ In his sermon, Pope Francis said Indigenous cultures had to be respected ‚ÄĘ Opponents fear if Amazon is allowed married priests, the practice will spread to the West.
excerpt from, "Pope Francis hints at married Catholic priests to combat shortage in the Amazon"
I don't know why the conservative should be so worried about the practice of having priests married through the Catholic Church ‚Ěó
Anything to do with Christian morals never spreads through the Catholic Church
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