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Pope sympathizes with married ex-priests, but doesn’t say they should return
- Created: 01 November 2015 01 November 2015
ROME — Pope Francis expressed compassion for men who have left the priesthood to marry, reportedly saying he understands their “suffering,” but he stopped short of saying that those ex-priests should be able to return to active ministry.
Francis: Synod is unfinished business of Vatican II
- Created: 21 October 2015 21 October 2015
Pope Francis insisted that the Synod of Bishops in Rome is the unfinished business of Vatican II at an address to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of the synod as a permanent body.
Speaking at the commemoration at Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City on Saturday morning, Francis insisted that both the process and the substance of the Synod, currently in session, is as constitutive and expressive as the Church’s own nature and mission.
“Journeying together,” said Pope Francis in an enlargement on the Greek words from which the English word 'synod' is derived, “laity, pastors, and the Bishop of Rome, is an easy concept to put into words, but not so easy to put into practice.”
The Holy Father went on to say that each and everyone has a place in the Church, and that the key to journeying well together is listening.
Portugal: Catholic priests quitting church 'to marry'
- Created: 05 June 2014 05 June 2014
Pope Francis Says 'Door Is Always Open' to rethink priestly celibacy
- Created: 30 May 2014 30 May 2014
BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour - 30/05/14 at 10:00am
- Created: 29 May 2014 29 May 2014
Earlier this month, 26 women wrote to Pope Francis, asking him to make priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church optional. When the Pope was asked about the issue earlier this week, he said that while he sees celibacy as “a gift to the church”, he feels that “the door is always open” to change. According to Advent, the support group for men and women and their partners who have left the active ministry, in the last 50 years some 10,000 men in England and Wales have left the priesthood in order to marry. So could celibacy ever be optional in the Catholic Church? Jenni is joined by Alex Walker, who left the priesthood to marry 25 years ago and now runs Advent, and Madeleine Teahan, Associate Editor of the Catholic Herald.